Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

Fired PR executive apologizes for AIDS in Africa tweet

A public relations executive who ignited an online furor after posting a message on Twitter joking about AIDS in Africa, apologized on Sunday, saying she was ashamed of her comment. Justine Sacco, who was subsequently fired from the prominent New York-based Internet media company IAC/InterActive Corp after the tweet created a firestorm on social media, issued a statement of remorse on Sunday to ABC News and South Africa’s The Star newspaper. “Words cannot express how sorry I am, and how necessary it is for me to apologize to the people of South Africa, who I have offended due to a needless and careless tweet,” she said. Just before boarding a plane for South Africa on Friday, Sacco posted a tweet to her online account, saying: “Going to Africa.

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