Eight lives changed by Twitter

POSTED: 12:22 PM PDT Mar 21, 2013    UPDATED: 11:43 AM PST Dec 26, 2013 

An offensive tweet about AIDS in Africa created a firestorm over the weekend and ultimately cost public relations executive Justine Sacco her job. Check out eight lives changed by the popular microblogging site.

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Justine Sacco. Sacco was a public relations executive for media giant IAC in December 2013 when she posted an offensive tweet about AIDS in Africa right before getting on a 12-hour flight from London to South Africa. Without access to the Internet on the plane, Sacco wasn't immediately aware that her tweet ricocheted around the Web, quickly being dubbed "the tweet heard round the world" and causing the hashtag #HasJustineLandedYet to become a trending topic. IAC "parted ways" with Sacco two days later, and Sacco apologized for her "needless and careless tweet."


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