City temporarily shutters new 311 service after it’s flooded with anti–de Blasio messages, profane pics

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April 22, 2020 - 7:22 am

    NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – The city temporarily shut down its new 311 service for sending photos of people violating social-distancing orders after the service was inundated with off-color photos and messages slamming Mayor Bill de Blasio, who has encouraged residents to report people.

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    The service went offline Sunday so the flood of messages could be cleared out, City Hall confirmed to the New York Post.

    “This issue has been resolved, but it was not a technical issue on 311’s part,” mayoral spokeswoman Olivia Lapeyrolerie told the Post.

    The 311 service was reportedly swamped with photos of people giving the middle finger, as well as images of de Blasio going to the gym and dropping Staten Island’s groundhog.

    One Twitter user sent an image to 311 of Adolf Hitler with the message “We will fight this tyrannical overreach!” In response, they got the message“Hello, and thank you for texting NYC311.”

    An NYPD source told the Post that people have also been sending photos of male private parts.

    As a result, “The city has begun vetting everything before dispersing the information to precincts,” the source said.

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