Published: Sat, March 18, 2017
Finance | By Laverne Griffith

McDonald's blames hacker for tweet attacking Trump

McDonald's blames hacker for tweet attacking Trump

A post on McDonald's corporate Twitter account caught a lot of attention on Thursday morning for calling Trump "disgusting" and praising Obama.

Later in the day, McDonald's tweeted a clarification saying that the account was hacked and that an investigation is underway.

McDonald's tweeted that their account was hacked about an hour after the tweet was deleted.

The unauthorized tweets show that corporations with millions of followers can serve as prime targets for hackers who are chasing their 15 minutes of fame before the posts are deleted. It also poked fun at the size of Trump's hands. Now, the conservative Twittersphere is afire with #BoycottMcDonalds hashtags and Euro-Twitter is full of "I'd love to see Americans not eat McDonald's" jokes.

In those cases, the hacks were a harmless message letting the user know that the accounts had been compromised.

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However, by the time the company took action, the since-deleted tweet had been shared multiple of times on the social media platform. The company focuses on promoting its food and business practices.

The fast-food giant has, however, also said it's been affected by the contentious election. He even appeared in a McDonalds commercial in 2002. Ergo, it's unclear whether the account was hacked or if the company's social media manager simply saw a golden opportunity and ran with it.

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Trump's list of online enemies keeps on growing, with his latest potential foe being popular, fast-food chain McDonald's. However, the MCD Tweet was specifically targeted at his personal account.

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