De Blasio shuts down social distancing informant line following obscene, vulgar submissions

by Daniel Payne · Apr 23rd, 2020 1:02 pm

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's social distance informant line, to which New Yorkers were urged to report if they witnessed fellow city-dwellers standing too close to each other, was forced to close down after it received a wave of obscene, vulgar submissions.

The mayor had originally invited city residents to snap photographs of people standing close to each other and send them to the city tip line.

"All you've got to do is take the photo, and put the location with it, and bang, send a photo like this, and we will make sure enforcement comes right away," he told the city.

Yet many New Yorkers responded by sending obscene photographs of male genitals, middle fingers, and other crude and jocular images, including ones likening the mayor to Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler. The city said it had temporarily closed the line for maintenance after the wave of prank submissions.


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