McDonald’s was left red-faced after a tweet from its official handle targetted US President Donald Trump calling him “a disgusting excuse of a President.” The tweet that also called for return of former president Barack Obama was briefly pinned to the top of company’s corporate account and then deleted.
“@realDonaldTrump You are actually a disgusting excuse of a President and we would love to have @BarackObama back, also you have tiny hands,” the tweet read.
The fast food chain later apologised for the tweet and claimed that its official handle was compromised.
“Based on our investigation, we have determined that our Twitter account was hacked by an external source. We took swift action to secure it, and we apologize this tweet was sent through our corporate McDonald’s account,” McDonald’s spokeswoman Terri Hickey said in a statement. Interestingly, Trump posted a picture of him eating McDonald’s french fries while on his jet on Instagram last year.
With a very polarised social media, the controversial tweet on Donald Trump created a lot of buzz on the micro blogging site.
Here is how twitter reacted to the entire fiasco on Trump
— David Crand __ (@nodank_) March 17, 2017
— Waking lions (@Waking_lions) March 17, 2017
If you think the “hack” at #McDonald‘s was incidental, keep in mind their current communication director was Obama’s press secretary.
— __C D C __ (@d_cheriepie) March 17, 2017
#McDonald‘s 3 billion people served and 1 President properly dissed!
— Todd O’Keefe (@ToddOKeefe1) March 17, 2017
If Trump supporters would have boycotted #McDonald‘s most of their lives maybe the health care issue would now be less of an “issue”
— WBBIII (@WBBIIISRA) March 17, 2017
— TRUMP ANOMALY_ (@ANOMALY1) March 16, 2017
— Trump Is President (@Dquinonees53) March 16, 2017
— Lori Hendry (@Lrihendry) March 16, 2017
— Donald J. Trump (@AKADonaldTrump) March 16, 2017
— _TRUMP_CHICK_ (@JustMy_NameHere) March 16, 2017
— Billy Kidd (@TheBillyKidd007) March 16, 2017
With the growing influence of Twitter and other social media sites, Hacking has become a new tool to propagate an ideology or message to masses. The hacking comes just one day after hundreds of Twitter accounts including Justin Bieber’s and Forbes were hacked.