This morning, the official @McDonaldsCorp Twitter account had a very interesting missive on its Twitter account. It read: “@realDonaldTrump You are actually a disgusting excuse of a President and we would love to have @BarackObama back, also you have tiny hands.” The Tweet was not just sent into the wild, but also pinned to the top to the account’s page.
The @McDonaldsCorp account is the social media presence for the chain’s corporate arm (with 151K followers), and not the consumer-facing one, @mcdonalds, which counts 3.39M Twitter users among its followers.
The tweet has since been deleted, but for at least a few minutes it seemed like McDonald’s, a fast-food restaurant that counts Donald Trump among its fans, harbored a secret grudge against the president. Or, like a social media manager had simply had enough. Hopefully, this was one last middle finger from a person who was about to walk out the door — and not the death knell for a social media employee who’s most certainly about to get fired.
Update 3/16; 10:31 a.m.: McDonald’s claims its Twitter account was hacked. The company has not yet responded to a request for comment.
Update 3/17; 9:09 a.m.: McDonald’s has released a statement regarding the incident:
Based on our investigation, we have determined that our Twitter account was hacked by an external source. We took swift action to secure it, and we apologize this tweet was sent through our corporate McDonald’s account.
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