Twitter is sometimes can cause flooding of critcism and reaction from the world. Justine Sacco is also one of them who is facing a huge disaster of criticism on social network website including Twitter as she wrote on her Twitter wall about aids in Africa when was on her way to Africa from London on Friday December 20, 2013.
Justine Sacco, the communications director for the media conglomerate IAC, which handles brands like OKCupid and Tinder, wrote on her Twitter account, “Going to Africa. Hope I don’t get Aids. Just kidding. I’m white!
There are millions of web users who are now reacting on this offensive joke. Some of the Twitter users called it “worst tweet of the year” as many best and words things are being announced at the end of the year.
Even many people were waiting for Justine—on the other hand on Twitter too as making “#HasJustineLandedYet” was the most popular trending topic on Twitter. One of the Twitter user Mahesh Divan, wrote, “#HasJustineLandedYet she’s gona get AIDS”.
According to dosomething.org out of the 34 million people in the world who have HIV, 69 percent live in sub-Saharan Africa. There are around 23.8 million people in Africa with AIDS.
From her eight thousand followers, PR exec’s, whose father is a wealthy South African businessman, had just four hundered followers after the tweet and before delete the account. And now there are several fake accounts have been created and @LOLJustineSacco is one of the popular accounts.
IAC, owned by Barry Diller, said in a statement and slammed their employee’s behavior as ‘outrageous’, “This is an outrageous, offensive comment that does not reflect the views and values of IAC. Unfortunately, the employee in question is unreachable on an international flight, but this is a very serious matter and we are taking appropriate action.”
IAC is the parent company of Match.com, The Daily Beast, Dictionary.com and BlackPeopleMeet.com, a dating site for African-Americans. Sacco, who had previously worked in the PR department for WWE Corp, has not yet issued an apology or explanation.