Company’s PR director tweets out ‘Going to Africa, Hope I don’t get AIDS’
Published: December 20, 2013 06:41PM
Updated: December 20, 2013 06:41PM

<freeform>Social media snafus are pretty commonplace these days, but a corporate communications head for the parent company of Vimeo and OkCupid may have taken the cake.

Justine Sacco, who uses the handle @JustineSacco, tweeted out “Going to Africa. Hope I don’t get AIDS. Just kidding. I’m white!” earlier Friday.

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Sacco’s tweet has since gone viral and has been retweeted more than 2,000 times and favorited more than 1,000 times as of Friday evening.

IAC, the company Sacco works for, released a statement saying: “This is an outrageous, offensive comment that does not reflect the views and values of IAC. Unfortunately, the employee in question is unreachable on an international flight, but this is a very serious matter and we are taking appropriate action,” according to ValleyWag, a Gawker Media blog.

-Brennan Smith

Twitter: @brennanjsmith