December 23rd, 2013
10:38 AM ET

Company Parts Ways With PR Exec After AIDS in Africa Tweet

The "tweet heard round the world" was followed by the sound of a slamming door Saturday.

Media company IAC has "parted ways" with company PR executive Justine Sacco over her tweet: "Going to Africa. Hope I don't get AIDS. Just kidding. I'm white!" CNN's Pamela Brown reports.

"The offensive comment does not reflect the views and values of IAC. We take this issue very seriously, and we have parted ways with the employee in question," an IAC spokesman said in a statement.

"There is no excuse for the hateful statements that have been made and we condemn them unequivocally," he said. "We hope, however, that time and action, and the forgiving human spirit, will not result in the wholesale condemnation of an individual who we have otherwise known to be a decent person at core."

But Brian Stelter, CNN's host of "Reliable Sources," spoke with Chris Cuomo Monday about some of the hateful feedback that was spread towards Sacco online.

Stelter said "the trial by social media was just as bad as her initial post."

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  1. Evelyn Moran

    Take the higher ground.....I can't believe you Chris Cuomo. Take it east on her !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Screw you I am so done with U,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    December 23, 2013 at 9:33 pm | Reply

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