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More and more companies are faced with negative online messages about their business, messages that can be widely spread online and eventually cause financial loss for a company. As in the case of the Canadian musician who made a song about United Airlines. This company had, according to him, destroyed his guitar and the customer service did not meet his expectations. This song became a hit on Youtube and resulted in a public relations embarrassment of the company.
This study provides field research results on how a company can react towards negative User Generated Content (UGC) to avoid a company crisis.