The International House of Pancakes, better known as IHOP, has infuriated customers by retweeting an anti-Hillary Clinton message over the weekend.
“Also good morning to everyone except Americans who don’t want to accept the simple fact that Hillary Clinton had a major garbage campaign,” the message retweeted by the restaurant chain read.
The post was originally shared by Twitter user @poojaslays.
“Whoever is tweeting for @IHOP today should start getting his resume in order,” wrote Twitter user @DarrenList.
On Sunday, IHOP claimed their account had been hacked:
“At the core of the IHOP brand is a desire to bring people together and a commitment to creating a warm and welcoming environment for guests and fans everywhere, both in our restaurants and online. After a thorough investigation, we have confirmed that the IHOP Twitter account was hacked this morning. The retweeted post in question was immediately removed, and we have taken the necessary steps to ensure the security and integrity of our social media accounts. We appreciate our fans bringing this to our attention and recognizing that this is not normal content shared by IHOP.”
But, no one bought that story.
@IHOP i used to eat at your restaurant two times per day. now i will be eating there 0 times per day. don't lie to your followers about this— rats, so many rats (@sexualjumanji) January 15, 2017
Really, of all accounts to hack, why would someone use IHOP to push propaganda?
Here’s our theory: One of IHOP’s social media managers was tweeting away for the company and somewhere along the way, they forgot they were logged onto the official IHOP account and mistakenly retweeted the anti-Clinton message, thinking that they were operating their personal profile.
It’s not a far-fetched idea, Twitter user @mycoolaugustine guessed the same thing.
@IHOP funny way of saying your social media person forgot to switch to their personal account but whatever holmes— Aishwarya SSRI (@mycoolaugustine) January 15, 2017
Anyone who has tried to juggle personal and business social media accounts can certainly relate.
However, admitting that you have an employee who agrees with the offensive tweet would still be a bad look for IHOP and likely result in a nationwide boycott. Blaming it all on a “hacker” sounds much better.
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