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New England Patriots Accidentally Tweet Out a Racial Slur

Team apologizes after a 'filtering system' fails

This wouldn't be the first time a brand trying to drive engagement with a harmless promotion got trolled by someone with nothing better to do with their time.

On Thursday night, the New England Patriots were caught off-guard when attempting a social media campaign celebrating the team's Twitter account amassing 1 million followers. 

Users were encouraged to retweet a message that the Patriots were the first NFL team to reach the follower benchmark, and were "rewarded" with an automated message featuring a jersey adorned with their Twitter handle. Unfortunately, one person thought this was the perfect time to take advantage of the automated promotion.

Here's a censored version of the tweet:



The tweet stayed up for more than an hour before the team deleted it and apologized:

While it's unclear what kind of "filtering system" was in place, it's another lesson to brand managers and marketing departments—and a stark reminder of racism in the modern era. 

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