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Mayor Purzycki Upset That An Offensive Message Was Attached to His Twitter Account and Was Inadvertently Retweeted

Post Date:03/18/2019 7:30 PM

Post retweeted from the Mayor’s account was linked to a St. Patrick’s Parade message and picture

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Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki said today that he very much regrets that an offensive post, attached to his Twitter account, was inadvertently retweeted making it appear as though he had shared the offensive tweet. 

“I am deeply offended that someone would intentionally try to connect me to this disturbing message,” said the Mayor. “I apologize to anyone who is upset thinking that this senseless post originated with me. I am concerned about how social media can be misused. When something like this happens, it is both dangerous and extremely disturbing to those who see these posts, and to those who are purportedly the authors of it.”

The Mayor said his office believes the retweet in question was a reply from a Twitter user who attached a screenshot of the original offensive post from “@LegendaryEnergy.” This reply to the original St. Patrick’s Day Parade tweet then tagged the Mayor and other public officials. The Mayor said the offensive post was removed, and as a precaution, his Twitter account password was reset and additional authentication controls were activated.

“We were obviously not vigilant in reviewing the material and that is our responsibility,” said Mayor Purzycki. “While it was an innocent mistake, it is a reminder that in the world of social media we must remain aware of those who would abuse the system,” said Mayor Purzycki.

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