Monday, April 11, 2011

Tory candidate stops Twitter activity after ‘insensitive’ tweet

Social media can be a double-edged sword as the experience of a Tory candidate in Kitchener shows. Here is a story from the K-W Record:

A Twitter message by the Conservative incumbent for Kitchener Centre set off a flurry of negative online responses on Saturday night, before his Twitter account was deactivated Sunday. Stephen Woodworth, who has been an active Twitter user with nearly 850 followers on the social media service, quoted a joke on his @WoodworthCPC Twitter account at 8:36 p.m. on Saturday. “Cop says to falling down man outside tavern ‘You’re drunk’ Man replies ‘Thank goodness’ Cop asks ‘Why?’ Drunk: ‘I thought I was crippled!’” The team supporting Kitchener Centre Liberal candidate Karen Redman was quick to demand an apology through Twitter. “I find it shocking and appalling that he would be that insensitive to the disabled community,” Redman said in an interview on Sunday. Woodworth initially attempted to explain the tweet as humour, apologizing an hour later through another tweeted message.

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