Microsoft has admitted that its official Twitter account was accessed by one of its own employees to post a more personal message directed at a well known economist in the US. Microsoft has since deleted the message and said that the post was "a mistake".
Politico.com reports that on Saturday, Microsoft's Twitter feed "responded" to a message from noted economist Robert Reich, who wrote, "To NY to visit my 4-yr-old granddaughter. Also on ABC’s ”This Week” panel w/ Ann Coulter, among others. I’d rather be w/ my granddaughter." Coulter is a well known, and sometimes controversial, conservative pundit in the US.
The Twitter account from Microsoft posted a message later, saying, "@RBReich your granddaughter’s level of discourse and policy > those of Ann Coulter." The message was quickly removed by Microsoft
In a statement, a Microsoft spokesperson admitted:
One of the people who manages our corporate twitter account thought he was tweeting from their personal twitter account on Saturday morning but tweeted from our corporate account by mistake. That person immediately realized his mistake and deleted the tweet from our corporate account. We have taken steps to help ensure that this kind of mistake doesn’t happen again.
Source: Politico.com | Image via Microsoft/Twitter