This accidental reply all at Reuters reached nightmare proportions.
On Wednesday, someone named Vince accidentally sent an email to 33,000 Reuters email accounts, reports The Wall Street Journal. Presented with a list of thousands of emails, hundreds of employees and reporters at the news company followed their natural urge in the situation: replying all.
Reuters employees took to Twitter to discuss the deluge of emails with the hashtag #ReutersReplyAllGate.
The vast majority of the replies ironically seem to have been people telling others not to reply all – while replying all themselves, thus furthering the issue they protested.
BREAKING:- those that reply with "please do not REPLY ALL" don't actually help matters. And, just maybe, make it worse #ReutersReplyAllGate— Alistair Smout (@asmo17) August 26, 2015
#ReutersReplyAllGate best reply so far "has anyone seen my cat"— Hezron Selvi (@HezronSelvi) August 26, 2015
Fav quote from #ReutersReplyAllGate: "SPAAAAAM PARTYYYY!!!!" That's the entirety of the email, sent to more than 30k people. Wonderful— Michael Turner (@MikeEOTurner) August 26, 2015
Poor Vince was just trying to find a way to fix the situation:
39,979 NYU students the entire staff
Oh no, the patient zero of #reutersreplyallgate just sent another company-wide email trying to recall his message...— Peter Thal Larsen (@peter_tl) August 26, 2015
If I've learned one thing from #reutersreplyallgate, it's that the human race is truly doomed.— Dan Levine (@FedcourtJunkie) August 26, 2015