FILE- This April 26, 2017, file photo shows the Twitter app on a smartphone in Philadelphia. Twitter says it found a software bug that may have sent some private messages to the wrong people. But the company says the problem specifically involved direct messages or protected tweets sent to businesses and other accounts overseen by software developers. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
FILE- This April 26, 2017, file photo shows the Twitter app on a smartphone in Philadelphia. Twitter says it found a software bug that may have sent some private messages to the wrong people. But the company says the problem specifically involved direct messages or protected tweets sent to businesses and other accounts overseen by software developers. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

#RIPFreeTwitter: Twitter meltdown as MTN pulls the plug

By DAILY NEWS REPORTER Time of article published Sep 22, 2018

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Durban - MTN announced on Saturday that it would be pulling the plug on ‘Free Twitter’ from September 25, leading tweeps to suffer a Twitter meltdown.

In a tweet on Saturday morning, the telecommunications giants said they would be pulling the plug on the free service after four years. The telecommunications literally buried the issue when they tweeted: “May its soul live forever in your memes and GIFs #RIPFreeTwitter”.

It’s been over four years. #FreeTwitter will be laid to rest on Tuesday midnight, 25 September. Its last wishes were for you to make the most of it this weekend. May its soul live forever in your memes and GIFs. #RIPFreeTwitter

— MTN South Africa (@MTNza) September 22, 2018

On Twitter, influencers and ordinary tweeps had their say, with some roasting the telecommunications for the short notice.

Twitter Careers will be destroyed #RIPFreeTwitter

— Man's Not Barry Roux (@AdvBarryRoux) September 22, 2018

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But largely, there were hilarious memes and responses to the news.

To all my fellow MTN users who have been depending on Free Twitter for the past years #RIPFreeTwitter pic.twitter.com/w80mtUwHpb

— — (@Lnugelo) September 22, 2018

#RIPFreeTwitter Not even 3months notice? MTN, so uncultured. pic.twitter.com/GIjbh1wRtA

— Portia Gumede (@portiagumedesa) September 22, 2018

Influencers on MTN shattered. #RIPFreeTwitter pic.twitter.com/DeccMHbpMN

— Portia Gumede (@portiagumedesa) September 22, 2018

@MTNza give us one last chance, we're sorry. We'll never cheat on you ever again. We were seduced. We only kissed 😭😭😭😭 #RIPFreeTwitter pic.twitter.com/4TXAMDNwhl

— 🌺Phumz Madonsela🌺 (@PhumzMadonsela) September 22, 2018

When "Enjoy Free Twitter with MTN! :)" suddenly disappears from my screen 😭 #RIPFreeTwitter pic.twitter.com/DUZcDF2NZ8

— Leandri Janse van Vuuren (@Lean3JvV) September 22, 2018

A spoof accounting posing as the police said they would be prosecuting MTN, gaining more than 1 000 retweets. NOTE. It was a parody account and not the authentic SAPS Twitter account.

MTN will be prosecuted for ending Free Twitter.

I mean "You don't make someone feel comfortable around you and then drop them.

We at SAPS are thriving hard to resolve the issue

MTN will appear at the Jhb Magistrate's Court on 26 Sept #RIPFreeTwitter we say #LiveOnFreeTwitter

— SAPS (@SAPS_Gauteng) September 22, 2018

MTN is ending free Twitter on Tuesday next week. From 25th September You are own your own. I am sure Cyril Ramaphosa told them that "We can't be giving them free twitter." 😔 😢 😭 😂 #RIPFreeTwitter pic.twitter.com/hBQqpIcERQ

— Man's Not Barry Roux (@AdvBarryRoux) September 22, 2018

MTN just announced they are taking away Free Twitter on Tuesday 25th of September.

Who did they consult in regards to this decision?!

😨😱 #RIPFreeTwitter pic.twitter.com/u29YXXCudk

— 👑uNdlunkulu (@uNdlunkulu_Xoli) September 22, 2018

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Not a single MTN tweep is happy about this! pic.twitter.com/w9vbid8XS4

— Tumi Sole (@tumisole) September 22, 2018

MTN carried us through all the data struggles with free twitter, what are we supposed to do now? 😩 #RIPFreeTwitter pic.twitter.com/hfvHkYmLHL

— Beef Baby (@Kanyisile_) September 22, 2018

Yazi MTN is heartless. Some of us we use free twitter to look for jobs and communicate with our loved ones. #RIPFreeTwitter pic.twitter.com/gEVRenYgQA

— Siya Mthimkhulu Genu (@GenuSiya) September 22, 2018 And just like that... #RIPFreeTwitter

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