McDonald’s (NYSE: MCD) has apologized about its controversial tweet on Thursday which was aimed at US President Donald Trump. The fast food company released a statement, claiming that its corporate Twitter account has been hacked. Read on to learn more about it.
Here are three fast facts about McDonald’s controversial tweet against US President Donald Trump:
1. McDonald’s tweet against Donald Trump criticizes the US President.
The now-deleted tweet from McDonald’s corporate Twitter account talks about Trump as a president as well as his hands. It also mentions former US President Barack Obama.
“You are actually a disgusting excuse of a President and we would love to have Barack Obama back, also you have tiny hands,” McDonald’s controversial tweet says.
Once MCD got wind of the incident, it naturally deleted the tweet against Trump. After deleting it, the company posted another tweet to briefly explain the mix-up. Unfortunately, while it has been removed as early as mid-morning of Thursday, it has already been retweeted numerous times.
"Twitter notified us that our account was compromised," McDonald’s posted on its Twitter account. "We deleted the tweet, secured our account and are now investigating this."
2. MCD immediately released an official statement about the controversial tweet against Trump on its website.
After quickly deleting the tweet from its Twitter account, the fast food giant also issued an apology. McDonald’s spokeswoman Terri Hickey released the official statement below:
"We took swift action to secure it, and we apologize this tweet was sent through our corporate McDonald’s account," Hickey said in the statement.
3. The American hamburger and fast food restaurant chain blames a hacker for the tweet against Trump.
"Based on our investigation, we have determined that our Twitter account was hacked by an external source," Hickey added.
This isn't the first time a company like McDonald's or Twitter has been targeted by hackers. In fact, the online news and social networking service has been hacked way back in 2013, which affected approximately 250,000 users, including Burger King and Jeep's corporate Twitter accounts. Burger King’s account even tweeted its followers to "Look for a McDonald’s in a hood near you."
If a Twitter account has been hacked, the company suggests that its users request for a password reset. If that doesn't work, it advises users to submit a Support request on its site and to choose "Hacked account" from the list of options there.
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