Politico is reporting that Microsoft accidentally delved into the world of partisan politics over the weekend after tweeting out a message insulting conservative author and syndicated columnist Ann Coulter.
In response to liberal economist Robert Reich's tweet that he would be visiting his granddaughter and sitting on a panel with Coulter over the weekend, the tech giant's official Twitter feed reportedly responded: “@RBReich your granddaughter’s level of discourse and policy > those of Ann Coulter."
Here is a purported image of the tweet:
The tweet was deleted immediately, according to Politico, and was accidentally written by one of the individuals who manages the company's Twitter account.
"[The] tweet obviously is not an official statement by the company,” Microsoft stated in a press release.
Microsoft spokeswoman Christina Pearson added: “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."