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Photo via Kevin Hale/Flickr (CC-BY-SA)
The offending tweet stayed up way too long.
The worst nightmare for any social media manager came true for Yahoo Finance late Thursday night when its Twitter account accidentally tweeted a racist slur.
The tweet was linking story for President-elect Donald Trump’s desire for a bigger navy. As you can see below, Yahoo’s tweet was supposed to say “bigger.” Instead, the tweeter accidently misspelled the word with an ‘n.’
We deleted an earlier tweet due to a spelling error. We apologize for the mistake.
— Yahoo Finance (@YahooFinance) January 6, 2017
But still, the account, which is followed by 718,000 people, got roasted for the error.
— EbonyDigest (@ebonydigest) January 6, 2017
Yahoo twitter right now pic.twitter.com/92JXFD5azM
— Wahl (@TVWahl) January 6, 2017
Yahoo already gave up all our passwords –twice. Guess they figured there was nothing more to lose. #YahooFinance
— Casey Gerald (@CaseyGerald) January 6, 2017
WaPo Express: oh god, we had the worst typo ever
Yahoo Finance: hold my beer
— Kelsey D. Atherton (@AthertonKD) January 6, 2017
— Josh Sánchez (@jnsanchez) January 6, 2017
And now, of course, would be a good time for Twitter to actually add the possibility of editing tweets.
Yahoo Finance would have appreciated that option Thursday night.
Josh Katzowitz is a staff writer at the Daily Dot specializing in YouTube and boxing. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. A longtime sports writer, he's covered the NFL for CBSSports.com and boxing for Forbes. His work has been noted twice in the Best American Sports Writing book series.