’s corporate comms director sends baffling tweet about AIDS

Justine Sacco got in her entry for 2013 social media faux pas of the year with a tweet about how she can’t get AIDS in Africa because she’s white. (UPDATE)

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This is an outrageous, offensive comment that does not reflect the views and values of IAC. Unfortunately, the employee in question is unreachable on an international flight, but this is a very serious matter and we are taking appropriate action.

Responses to Sacco’s tweet are almost entirely displays of wide-eyed astonishment. One says simply, “Yikes.” Another is a brief, “Oh hell no.” Spot.Us founder David Cohn tweeted, “Is that tweet real? You work in PR. You [should] know better.” This isn’t the first time Sacco has been caught tweeting stuff she should have probably kept to herself. In January, she tweeted, “I can’t be fired for things I say while intoxicated right?” And in February, she took some heat for this tweet from February 2012: Sacco didn’t lose her job over those two tweets. We’ll see what IAC’s “appropriate action” will be this time. UPDATE: According to CNN, not only has Sacco’s Twitter account since been deleted, but IAC has “parted ways” with its now former PR executive. On Saturday, company spokesman Ryan Trostle said:

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