Duolingo has been branded ‘insensitive’ over an Amber Heard ‘joke’ made on TikTok.
It all started when the language learning app took to the platform and reportedly commented on a clip from the 36-year-old’s testimony.
In it, the actress claimed: “He is an abuser. You can look either of us up online and figure out who’s being abused online.”
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Commenting on the post, Duolingo apparently said: “Y’all think Amber watches TikTok?”
Although the comment has since been deleted, it has sparked widespread criticism.
Taking to Twitter, one person said: “On what planet does a brand – even @duolingo think it’s cool to crack jokes about an alleged victim of domestic violence?”
“Who is running your media? This is disgusting. Whether Amber is a victim (SHE IS) joking about DV in any context is appalling,” another added. “Millions of people experience this every day.”
A third pitched in, writing: “The Depp fandom bubble on TikTok is very real but no brand should get anywhere near it.”
According to The Tab, the person behind the ‘joke’ has apologised in a statement.
The apology reads: “I made a mistake. It’s deleted and I’m listening. I’m 24 – a year out of college – managing an account that I didn’t expect to grow how it did and learning social responsibility on a curve.
“Taking full ownership. It’s an early career lesson for me and I’m learning to be better.”
A separate user has since blasted the company for forcing a single employee to take ‘responsibility,’ writing: “I would love to know if/why @duolingo has a single employee taking on the role of publicly apologising for this f*** up (and facing the subsequent backlash) when the original comment came from its brand.”
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