February 8, 2013
GTA officials sorry for obscene snow tweet
By SHAWN JEFFORDS, QMI Agency
TORONTO – The City of Vaughan is apologizing after a tweet from its official Twitter account called some of its residents an obscene name.
"Everyone on my street has double gararges (sic) ...who are these f---nuts who don't put their car in the garage when we get 2 feet of snow? #dumb," read the message, sent out to the city's approximately 1,200 followers at 7:23 a.m. Friday morning.
The message sparked several hundred re-tweets and a red-faced city bureaucracy to issue a quick mea culpa.
"We want to apologize to all of our followers for the inappropriate tweet that went out via our account," said Gary Williams, director of corporate communications for the city.
Williams said an investigation into the offensive missive revealed an unknown "unauthorized user" posted two tweets, including the snow rant which was trending on the social media site Friday.
"We still don't know who tweeted it," he said. "We are still looking for that information. We hope Twitter can help us out and we can get to the bottom of this."
Williams said there is no evidence to suggest authorized users of the account were behind the tweet. The city has contacted Twitter directly hoping it can trace the IP address where the message originated, he said.