ACL Twitter account apologizes for ‘accidental’ tweet at President Trump


ACL tweets at Trump (Photo taken from Twitter)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin City Limits is in some hot water Tuesday after an aggressive tweet targeted at President Trump was accidentally sent from the organization’s Twitter account.

Around 10:30 a.m. the official ACL Twitter account replied to one of the president’s tweets saying, “I can’t wait to see your fat a– behind bars.” It has since been deleted.

Soon after the initial tweet was deleted ACL sent an apology tweet claiming the first was an accident and doesn’t express the views of the organization.

On Monday evening, KLRU, Austin’s PBS station, released a statement, saying in part:

“On Oct. 22nd, someone associated with Austin City Limits and KLRU accidentally posted a tweet on the @ACLTV Twitter account, rather than on a private account. The post was a personal reaction to a tweet by President Trump. The tweet posted on @ACLTV used strong language that reflected the person’s opinion and feelings, and was not intended to speak on behalf of Austin City Limits or KLRU. When we learned about the posting to @ACLTV, we deleted the tweet and posted an apology.”

KLRU said it’s taking steps to tighten security of its social media logins and who has access to the information.

The organization continued, saying:

“As an organization that prides itself on civil discourse, we deeply regret that this incident happened. KLRU and Austin City Limits are not political organizations. We conduct our business with the whole community in mind and we’ve been blessed by strong support from people of many different viewpoints. Our employees and those associated with KLRU have a wide variety of personal opinions and backgrounds. They have a right to their opinions, but those opinions should be expressed through their personal channels and not through the organization’s social media accounts. We believe the changes we are implementing will keep this from happening in the future.”

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