Organizations race to tweet they are not affiliated with Robinhood investing app

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Robinhood, a stock trading app, has come under fire this week for its role in the GameStop stock surge as well as its proactive measures to limit trading of both the video game store as well as several other companies’ stock.

© OLIVIER DOULIERY This photo illustration shows the logo of trading application Robinhood on a mobile phone.

News of the freeze on Robinhood, and several other trading platforms, drew strong rebukes from the general public as well as a number of state and federal officials.

While much of the internet has delighted in the situation as a whole, but Robinhood, on top of being the topic of two lawsuits already, has been turned into one on the story’s villains.

However, Robinhood is probably not seeing all of its criticism because people keeping at-ing the wrong Twitter accounts.

The World Wide Robin Hood Society, which is dedicated to the English folk hero, was first out of the gate on Thursday trying to distance itself from the stock market chaos.

“Lovely to have all these new followers .. can we just check that you know that you’re following The World Wide Robin Hood Society in Nottingham and not the Robin Hood App .. if so .. a big welcome from Sherwood,” the organization tweeted.

New York City anti-poverty organization Robin Hood also needed to clarify matters Thursday.

“Robin Hood is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization,” the charity tweeted. “We are not affiliated with any for-profit businesses that use a similar name.”

That Robin Hood has since followed up with tweets encouraging people to donate to the organization’s COVID relief efforts as well as Food Bank NYC, a partner organization.

Meanwhile, @RobinHoodApp announced toward the close of business on Thursday that it would be allowing trades of GameStop and other companies again on Friday.

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