Twitter can be a great place to express opinions or make jokes, but unfortunately many people don't think before they tweet. When controversial tweets appear, a media frenzy often unfolds – especially if the author is a celebrity or other public figure. This leads to many quickly deleted tweets. But, unfortunately, while you can delete a tweet, screenshots are forever. Celebrities who delete tweets can't necessarily save themselves from the subsequent PR nightmares.
This 2018 deleted tweets list will keep you up to date on all the controversial tweets that were deleted ASAP. This list will stay updated on all the celebs who deleted tweets in 2018. If you're ready for a heavy dose of outrage, read on.
Florida Lawyer Deletes Tweet Blaming School Shooting On Vaccines And Autism
John Morgan is a prominent Florida lawyer who has long talked about possibly running for governor. However, his political aspirations may have been derailed by an unfortunate tweet he put out shortly after a school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High. In February 2018, Morgan sent out several tweets pointing out the shooter was autistic and that, "Our children are doped up and drugged their whole life. Vaccines galore."
After facing harsh backlash, Morgan deleted the tweets. He then clarified his position on Facebook, reassuring the public all four of his grandsons had been vaccinated and that he did not advocate boycotting vaccines. However, he later deleted the Facebook post as well.
Sean Hannity Tweets Obama's Portrait Is "Inappropriately Sexual", Blames Staff For Controversy
Hannity first tweeted this ridiculous, if not racist, thing about Obama's portrait. pic.twitter.com/2ZJivkbY2K— Chris Geidner (@chrisgeidner) February 13, 2018
In one of the more bizarre controversies associated with the right wing newscaster, Sean Hannity quickly deleted both a tweet and an article on February 13, 2018. Hannity was apparently no fan of Obama's presidential portrait, and posted a tweet condemning the painting as "inappropriately sexual." This was accompanied by an exceedingly odd article about how to spot covertly concealed explicit content in the painting. The article's author was only listed as "Hannity Staff."
After receiving a combination of ridicule, outrage, and outright perplexed reactions, Hannity deleted both the tweet and the article. He blamed his employees for the mix up, releasing a statement saying, "Earlier today my web staff posted content that was not reviewed by me before publication. It does not reflect my voice and message, and, therefore, I had it taken down."
The UK Foreign Office Deleted A Tweet Claiming The Russian Government Poisoned A Spy
UK government deletes tweet about Russian spy's poisoning. The UK Foreign Office acknowledged it had removed the post, which stated that British chemical weapons experts believed Russia made the nerve agent, Novichok, used to poison Sergei Skripal @CNNI https://t.co/XHrLGNU7PU— The Primary Asset (@HOVELyZZ) April 4, 2018
Claiming the message had been "truncated," the UK Foreign Office deleted a tweet alleging the Russian government was responsible for the poisoning of a former spy. The tweet alleged a briefing by the British ambassador to Moscow revealed a military grade nerve agent was used for the attack. The tweet was posted on March 22, 2018 and then deleted on March 27. While the Foreign Office deleted the tweet, they stood by the basic information it conveyed. They claimed they still believed Russia was behind the poisoning, but the tweet failed to accurately report the facts.
Planned Parenthood's Disney Princess Abortion Comment Is Quickly Deleted
Planned Parenthood Keystone tweeted this earlier today. When it did not receive the kind of reaction they expected, they deleted it. @StephenHerreid @SteveSkojec @BruvverEccles @bokofittleworth @obianuju pic.twitter.com/Xm4DSATUvS— mrspeperium (@mrspeperium) March 27, 2018
Planned Parenthood Keystone, a Pennsylvania branch of the nonprofit healthcare provider, hopped on a popular Twitter meme on March 27, 2018. The meme imagines Disney princesses with new traits - some serious, some not. Whoever was running Keystone's Twitter feed tweeted, "We need a disney princess who's had an abortion." Twitter users quickly responded and condemnation was pretty universal. Pro-life users felt the Tweet painted Planned Parenthood as an extremist organization, while pro-choice users simply felt it was in poor taste.
Eventually, the Tweet was pulled and Planned Parenthood CEO Melissa Reed issued a response saying:
Upon reflection, we decided that the seriousness of the point we were trying to make was not appropriate for the subject matter or context, and we removed the tweet.