Hacker Uses McDonald’s Corporate Twitter Account to Call Trump ‘Disgusting’

Swiftly deleted, the tweet is still sparking boycott threats

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This morning, the McDonald’s corporate Twitter account (@McDonaldsCorp) was hacked to publish a tweet calling Donald Trump “a disgusting excuse for a president.”

The brand has since confirmed to Adweek and via Twitter that the post—which was also briefly pinned to the top of the brand’s feed—was made by a hacker who secured access to the corporate account (which, at 151,000 followers, is far smaller in reach than McDonald’s main @McDonalds account, with 3.4 million followers).

Here’s the tweet as it appeared before being deleted:

The brand later posted this response:

The hacker’s message tagged President Trump’s Twitter account and called him a “disgusting excuse of a President” and chided the president for allegedly having “tiny hands.” It also called out Barack Obama, saying that “we would love to have” him back in office.

Despite deleting the tweet relatively swiftly, its rapid reach sparked a quick outcry among Trump supporters, with some calling to #BoycottMcDonalds:

Most on Twitter seemed to realize it was not an actual corporate post, which didn’t stop them from having some fun with it:

@ktjrichards katie.richards@adweek.com Katie Richards is a staff writer for Adweek.