2017 Controversial Tweets That Were Quickly Deleted 

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Updated February 11, 2019 1.1k votes 374 voters 33.9k views 9 items

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Twitter brings joy, laughter, news, and best of all, controversy. Whenever celebrities, politicians, or even brands tweet something that's slightly offensive, there will always be that person who makes it a big deal. However, there are times when a famous person actually does post a dumb tweet, but before it can be deleted, one of their million followers has already taken a screen shot and made it viral.

Even in 2017, celebs have still not learned that they don't have to tweet every single thought. Whether they were drunk tweeting or cursing at an Internet troll, these famous people need to either hire a PR person to clean up their mistakes or just delete their Twitter accounts. It's definitely not good publicity for a celebrity when the whole world has seen your racist, ignorant, and disrespectful tweets.  

Featuring the most offensive and controversial tweets from celebrities and companies, this list has all the biggest Twitter fails of 2017. If you think the quickly-deleted tweet is hilarious, shocking, or even vulgar, vote it up. If this list leaves you wanting more, see what controversial tweets were deleted in 2019.

McDonald's Tweeted - Then Deleted - An Insult At Donald Trump
McDonald's Tweeted - The... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 2017 Controversial Tweets That Were Quickly Deleted
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McDonald's is apparently not lovin' Donald Trump - so much so that someone on their social media team tweeted out an insult toward the President on March 16. The tweet was up for 30 minutes before it was deleted and was liked and shared at least 1,000 times before being taken down.

The company put out a tweet shortly after saying their account had been compromised. So it's either a hacker or a disgruntled employee who had bridges to burn and didn't care they'd be out of a job. 

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Trump Retweeted A Picture Of A Train Hitting A Reporter Days After Violence In Charlottesville
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From August 11-13, 2017, white supremecists gathered in Charlottesville, VA, to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate leader Robert E. Lee. Counterprotestors showed up as well, and soon violence erupted. Twenty-year-old James Alex Fields, Jr. rammed his car into a group of counterprotestors, injuring 19 people and killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer.

On August 15, President Trump retweeted a cartoon showing a train running over a man bearing the CNN logo. "Nothing can stop the #TrumpTrain!" the tweet read. He quickly deleted the retweet, but it had already been captured and retweeted countless times. The tweet was considered to be in incredibly poor taste, arriving merely days after people were literally ran over in the street.

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We're Gonna Need A... WHAT Boat?!
We're Gonna Need A... WH... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 2017 Controversial Tweets That Were Quickly Deleted
Photo: Twitter/Essence

Yahoo Finance might want to consider checking their tweets before sending them. The online news service sent out a tweet about about Trump wanting a "n*gger navy." The attached story outlined Trump's desire to increase the navy's size.

Twitter went crazy over the mistake, with many cracking jokes at Yahoo's expense. The company quickly deleted it and issued an apology, but not before the screenshot was passed around all corners of the interwebs. 

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Washington Post Put 'Male' Symbol On Cover Depicting Women's March
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The Express, a free weekly tabloid produced by the Washington Post - excitedly tweeted out its upcoming cover for its January 5, 2017 edition. The lead story: The Women's March on Washington. Except the cover art, meant to depict one of the largest marches in modern history organized by women, accidentally used the symbol for male instead of female.

Critics were quick to point out the blunder. One woman asked "do you have any women on your edit team," questioning as to how, exactly, such a huge mistake even made it to print.

The Express quickly deleted it and issued a new tweet with the proper symbol and an ironically misspelled word. 

"We made a mistake on our cover this morning and we're embarrassed," they wrote. "We errnoeously [sic] used a male symbol instead of a female symbol." 

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