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NEW YORK — A public relations executive who ignited an online furor after posting a message on Twitter joking about AIDS in Africa, apologized on Sunday, saying she was ashamed of her comment.
Justine Sacco, who was subsequently fired from the prominent New York-based Internet media company IAC/InterActive Corp after the tweet created a firestorm on social media, issued a statement of remorse on Sunday to ABC News and South Africa's The Star newspaper.
Just before boarding a plane for South Africa on Friday, Sacco posted a tweet to her online account, saying: "Going to Africa. Hope I don't get AIDS. Just kidding. I'm white!"
Let's be crystal clear, I'm not advocating being blatantly offensive for the hell of it or anything. I'm advocating being able to be yourself on your own time
This proves to me that the modern tech of the "tweet" allows people to speak their mind instantly,... and that WILL BE THEIR UNDOING...
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Or in other words, it teaches people to never say anything unless it's first Censored, Sterilized and Deemed acceptable after Review by Some sort of Authority or else you're in trouble. Yah, sounds like a great path toward the free flow of ideas and information.
If that's the way it's going to be, just shut the whole damn thing down and go back carving stuff in stone. That way you'll all have plenty of time to think about how not to accidentally hurt someones feelings while you etch your comments in to some rock.
"with regard to freedom of speech there are basically two positions: you defend it vigorously for views you hate, or you reject it and prefer Stalinist/fascist standards" - Noam Chomsky