McDonald’s claims its Twitter account was compromised after a Trump-bashing tweet sent by @McDonaldsCorp, calling the president “a disgusting excuse of a President,” went viral.
Twitter notified us that our account was compromised. We deleted the tweet, secured our account and are now investigating this.
— McDonald's (@McDonaldsCorp) March 16, 2017
On Thursday, a pinned tweet showed up on McDonald’s Corporation’s Twitter account — a tweet which has since been deleted.
People were quick to notice, some praising the home of the Big Mac for their comment. Others became concerned about the tone set by the company’s social media manager.
“I’m loving it!” tweeted one user.
“I get the feeling it was someone’s last day on McDonalds’ social media team today,” tweeted another.
Someone referred to McDonald’s competitor Wendy’s — a company that in recent months has become known for its hip and edgy social media account, until it accidentally tweeted out a hate symbol.
According to CNBC, the hacking comes just one day after hundreds of other Twitter accounts were compromised, including Justin Bieber’s Japanese account and Forbes’ account. The Twitter accounts were branded with the Turkish flag and messages were sent out in Turkish. In certain tweets, two hashtags translated to mean Nazi Germany and Nazi Holland were used.
Other accounts hacked included the World Meteorological Organization, Germany Soccer club Borussia Dortmund, and the United Kingdom’s Department of Health.
See reactions to the tweet below.
— Carl Marsalis (@CarlMarsalis) March 16, 2017
McDonalds spittin' hot roasts https://t.co/7q3YPoKVvj
— Dylan Blereau (@GrumpyGoron) March 16, 2017
WENDY'S: Haha, totally roasted this guy on here for forgetting refrigerators exist. So edgy.
MCDONALD'S: Hold my beer pic.twitter.com/Qc28ixMuzE
— Aaron Sankin (@ASankin) March 16, 2017
A social media manager is totally getting fired today https://t.co/7pDPhwvUbE
— Emily C. Singer (@CahnEmily) March 16, 2017
When you know you're gonna get fired, but you wanna go down in a blaze of glory. pic.twitter.com/n6591t38n8
— Maris Kreizman (@mariskreizman) March 16, 2017
I get the feeling it was someone’s last day on McDonalds’ social media team today
— Jon Brady (@jonbradyphoto) March 16, 2017