U.S. guided missile maker goes dark on social media after Gaza photo gets circulated

Woodward Inc., based in Fort Collins, Colorado, has locked down all its social media accounts after people started sharing photos of what has been described as a missile component bearing a Woodward label, shown in front of a bombed building in Gaza.

Attempts to reach Woodward's Facebook account resulted in the following message: "This content isn't available right now When this happens, it's usually because the owner only shared it with a small group of people, changed who can see it or it's been deleted."

LinkedIn says, "Comments have been turned off on this post. You can still react or share it."

On Instagram, Woodward's account says, "Sorry, this page isn't available. The link you followed may be broken, or the page may have been removed."

On YouTube, "Comments are turned off."

On its website, Woodward says it provides "control and actuation solutions on air superiority and air defense missiles, direct attack missiles, guided bombs & rockets, anti-ship missiles, guided artillery and mortar rounds, hypervelocity vehicles, training and target missiles, and launch boosters."

The company, which is headed by CEO Chip Blankenship, employs about 7,200 people and had revenue of US$ 2.25 billion in 2021. The share price (WWD) has dropped in the last five days from $131 to 122.