McDonald’s has been the victim of misplaced Twitter rage, thanks to an image that went viral Sunday on the microblogging service.
The image above was rapidly tweeted and retweeted with the hashtag #seriouslymcdonalds, apparently by a bunch of people who are not only brand spanking new to the internet, but unaware of 4Chan and also ignorant of laws preventing people to implement seriously racist policies and then post signs advertising them in the country’s most prominent fast food chain. McDonald’s had to have their social media director tweet on a Sunday about the hoax in an attempt to set the record straight, and were then forced to cobble together a statement to refute the silly pic:
“The sign is obviously a hoax. The phone number goes to a phone sex line.
“As a company and a brand we have a long and proud history of diversity inclusion across our system on both sides of the counter.
“From our management crew, franchisees — across the board, we’re very proud of our record of diversity. This is unfortunately an example of how rumors can outspeed the truth. Over the last 48 hours we’ve been tweeting and striving to clarify that this is a hoax.”
Rick Wion, the social media manager over at McDonald’s, has been rapidly Twitter-denying the picture’s veracity, but the hashtag persisted onto the Trending Topics list over the weekend. Did anyone in your feed fall for the hoax?