Vice tweeted a story about neo-Nazis in the Marines on the same day a number of Marines were killed in Afghanistan
The Vice News tweet that remained up on the social media platform continued to attract criticism into Friday, as high-profile figures like conservative commentator Candace Owens and streamer Danny Marang jumping in.
A representative for Vice did not immediately return a request for comment.
Vice Media, meanwhile, was already having bad press Thursday as it saw another round of layoffs, just weeks after declaring a pivot to video content. According to one source with knowledge of the layoffs, fewer than 20 people were let go.
A memo to global staff from chief digital officer Cory Haik, reviewed by TheWrap, heralded the “growth period” of the last two years and focused on the day’s events as a “global editorial alignment.” She heralded, among other things, Vice’s YouTube account reaching 14 million subscribers and breaking its all-time monthly view record in May, the 20% increase in American traffic to i-D and traffic to Refinery29’s “Unbothered,” a digital community for Black women, rising by over 40% year over year.
After announcing a swatch of promotions, she added, “As part of this continued global alignment we’ve unfortunately had to say goodbye to some of our friends and colleagues today. We wish them well and thank them for their dedicated service over the years.”
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