UPDATE 4:34 p.m.: IAC, the media company owned by Barry Diller, says it has “parted ways” with Justine Sacco, the PR executive whose tweet about AIDS in Africa went viral and upset the Internet, CNN reported.
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“I am so sorry,” InterActiveCorp communications director Justine Sacco wrote on Facebook.
Earlier that day, Sacco ignited a massive firestorm of controversy on the Internet after tweeting, “Going to Africa. Hope I don’t get AIDS. Just kidding. I’m white!”
IAC, the parent of Internet giants Match.com, The Daily Beast and Dictionary.com, among others, released a statement hinting disciplinary action would be taken against Sacco.
“This is an outrageous, offensive comment that does not reflect the views and values of IAC,” the company said in a statement. “Unfortunately, the employee in question is unreachable on an international flight, but this is a very serious matter and we are taking appropriate action.”
“This is an outrageous, offensive comment that does not reflect the views and values of IAC.”
But that was not enough to quell the Internet’s outrage. On Saturday evening, the hashtag “#HasJustineLandedYet” became the number one trend worldwide.
Users continued to lambast the public relations executive, while anxiously waiting for her to land and issue a response to the controversy.
Upon arriving at her destination in Africa, Sacco immediately deleted her tweet and deleted her account.
But the incident also opened up a discussion on whether or not Sacco was the victim of cyberbullying.
Some even came to her defense, arguing she shouldn’t lose her job for a tasteless joke.
At the time of publication, it was not immediately clear if Sacco had faced any disciplinary action from IAC.
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