Melania Trump tweet brings SMACSS to US Department of Justice
A Department of Justice employee is making news today (Tuesday) for a political tweet on the official DOJ account that was apparently meant for the person’s personal account.
In recent weeks we have been sharing many SMACSS (Social Media Assisted Career Suicide Syndrome) stories involving police officers and firefighters. Almost all of those involved posts intentional shared on the officer or firefighters personal Facebook page. This one was meant for the person’s own Twitter account but was mistakenly tweeted on the Department of Justice account.
Here’s some of the news coverage of this federal SMACSS moment:
“CNN is the biggest troll of all lmao #Petty,” the staffer reportedly tweeted with a CNN story about Trump’s campaign denying accusations that Melania plagiarized a 2008 speech form Michelle Obama when speaking at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio on Monday night.
DOJ called the tweet “inappropriate.”
“The tweet does not represent the Department’s and was inappropriate for the Department of Justice’s official account, so it was immediately deleted,” an agency official said.
The agency said it has revoked the staffer’s access to all DOJ social media accounts.
A Department of Justice staffer lost access to the agency’s Twitter account after tweeting “CNN is the biggest troll of them all lmao #Petty” from the department feed. The tweet linked to a CNN story about Melania Trump allegedly plagiarizing passages in her speech at the Republican National Convention Monday night from Michelle Obama.
“A staffer in the public affairs office erroneously used the official Department of Justice Twitter handle to post a tweet that was intended for a personal account,” the official said in a statement Tuesday afternoon. “The tweet does not represent the Department’s views and was inappropriate for the Department of Justice’s official account, so it was immediately deleted. The staffer’s access to the Department’s social media accounts has been revoked.”
Following the errant tweet, the department’s public affairs office “has implemented procedural changes to the way we use our social media accounts and will provide additional social media training for employees,” the official said. “The Justice Department takes this matter very seriously and will continue to take the appropriate steps to prevent it from happening in the future.”