Twitter beef: McDonald’s goes after Trump, then says it was hacked

Donald Trump loves fast food, but does it love him back?

McDonald’s Twitter account went after the president of the United States Thursday morning with a tweet that read: “@realDonaldTrump You are actually a disgusting excuse of a President and we would love to have @BarackObama back, also you have tiny hands.”

The seemingly out-of-nowhere tweet was reportedly up for about 20 minutes before being deleted — giving people plenty of time to like, retweet it and take screenshots.

But the fast-food chain says it doesn’t really have a beef with Trump. It says it was hacked.

When asked for comment, Terri Hickey, a spokesperson for McDonald’s, emailed a word-for-word repetition of the company’s tweet about being hacked to SiliconBeat. (New) Later, the company sent us a revised statement: “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.” (End new)

A Twitter spokesman told SiliconBeat that the company “does not comment on individual accounts for privacy and security reasons.”

The apparent hacking of McDonald’s Twitter account comes on the heels of other hacks of high-profile Twitter accounts, such as those of Starbucks, Forbes and Justin Bieber. Their accounts tweeted out swastikas and Nazi hashtags Wednesday, in apparent support of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan.

Naturally, McDonald’s is getting lots of reaction on Twitter. The company is also seeing action on its Facebook account related to the now-deleted tweet.

There was also plenty of speculation that the tweet was the work of Robert Gibbs, President Obama’s former press secretary, who now heads McDonald’s global communications — especially among Twitter accounts whose handles include “MAGA” (Make America Great Again) or whose profile photos show Pepe the Frog, which has become a symbol of hate.

And of course, some people just couldn’t resist.

Photo at top from Associated Press


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  • C Bierbauer78

    All the junk food purveyor “McDonalds” had to do was blame it on Obama then Trump would give them a franchise in every Trump Tower, casino and condo development!