Apparently it was not enough for Sony Pictures to pull Seth Rogen’s new film “The Interview” from release in movie theaters. The studio also decided to scrub its presence from social media.
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It is like something out of a George Orwell novel. When, in 1984, someone was purged and declared to be a “non-person” it fell on Winston Smith to change history by deleting references to that person in old newspapers.
Perhaps this is what Sony was thinking when it deleted The Interview’s pages on both Facebook and Twitter.
In an e mail a rep for the movie studio said that, “It was also then decided to work towards taking down respective promos and materials promoting the movie and the date in theaters.”
As of 12 noon Eastern Standard Time on Saturday the movie’s twitter account page simply read “@TheInterview hasn’t tweeted yet, ” which was a sign that it had gone inactive.
According to Variety, before it was pulled The Interview’s Facebook page had more than 366, 000 likes and its Twitter feed had more than 35, 000 followers.
The move came after Sony pictures CEO Michael Lynton said that the studio could not even get video on demand services to show The Interview.
“There has not been one major VOD or one major ecommerce site that has says they are willing to step forward and distribute this movie, ” he said.
In response to President Obama’s criticism that Sony had given into to terrorists Lynton commented, “We have not caved, we have not given in, we have persevered, and we have not backed down. We have always had every desire to have the American public see this movie.”