PITTSBURGH (AP/KDKA) — Yahoo Finance says it accidentally tweeted out a racial epithet when promoting a story about the cost of President-elect Donald Trump’s plans to increase the size of the U.S. Navy.
The headline for the story on Yahoo Finance is, “Trump Wants a Much Bigger Navy: Here’s How Much It’ll Cost.” But when it was tweeted Thursday, the word “bigger” had an ‘n’ as its first letter instead of a ‘b.’READ MORE: Crews On The Scene Of Two-Alarm Fire On Dawson Street In Wall BoroughFaculty Members Of Point Park University Rally Outside Of University, Call For New Contract
The tweet was deleted and Yahoo Finance tweeted an apology , chalking up the mishap to a spelling error. A company spokeswoman referred to the statement when asked for further comment.
We deleted an earlier tweet due to a spelling error. We apologize for the mistake.
— Yahoo Finance (@YahooFinance) January 6, 2017
Yahoo’s mistake quickly became a trending topic on Twitter and some people enjoyed poking fun at the unfortunate error.
“Why did you leave your last job?”
-I had a typo in a tweet.
-I worked for Yahoo Finance.
“Thanks for coming in. Bye”
— Lady Lawya (@Parkerlawyer) January 6, 2017
Yahoo Finance trying to delete that tweet. pic.twitter.com/jACHpval9R
— C.Gary didn’t fumble (@Cane303) January 6, 2017
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buzzfeed employees figuring out how they’re gonna approach the Yahoo finance tweet story like pic.twitter.com/ELzj9NyTUq
— yahya (@sidowyahya) January 6, 2017
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