More NFT madness: Associated Press under fire for NFT of migrants at sea

Associates Press
A screenshot from a Tweet The Associated Press shared about selling a video of migrants as an NFT (Image credit: Associated Press / Twitter)

The Associated Press (AP) has come under fire for posting a tweet suggesting that it planned to sell an NFT depicting migrants drifting in an overcrowded boat in the Mediterranean. Although the tweet was deleted shortly after it was posted, many people are angry that the not-for-profit organization had intended to make money through the misfortune of migrants.

On 24 February, The AP posted a tweet that said, “Tomorrow’s drop at noon EST on the AP Photography NFT Marketplace will feature video by @felipedana of migrants drifting in an overcrowded boat in the Mediterranean”. This of course was instantly met with a response from angry Twitter, one of which coined it “poverty porn” while another posted “What a massive fail. An astonishing misstep from @AP”.

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.