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Oops! French gov’t office links to sexy lingerie site in terrorism tweet
The Legal and Administrative Information Directorate tried to link to a terror financing policy.
Call it a Freudian tweet.
An official from France’s Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault’s office directed more than 5,000 Twitter followers to a lingerie and costume catalog of “sexy party dresses” when tweeting about a new the country’s policy on terrorist financing. The tweet was tagged with the hashtags #AlQaeda and #Terrorism.
Equally troubling: It took officials took more than a day to apologize, scrub the DILA (Legal and Administrative Information Directorate) tweet, and post the correct link, despite followers noting the flub.
— Pierrick Filippi (@PierrickFil) August 12, 2013
Officials blamed a “URL bug” for the error. That might be true: The DILA used a URL shortener, which doesn’t always work.
That, or Ayrault just found out what his staff really browses at work.
Based in Montreal, Kris Holt has been writing about technology and web culture since 2010. He writes for Engadget and Tech News World, and his byline has also appeared in Paste, Salon, International Business Times, Mashable, and elsewhere.