Chipotle the Mexican food restaurant chain apologized for a volley of homophobic, anti-Semitic and racist tweets that were sent out by hackers who took control of its official Twitter account.
The main U.S. feed for the chain @ChipotleTweets had the picture changed to a Nazi swastika Sunday morning and the ranting soon followed.
Posts included disparaging racist remarks about President Obama, while another claimed all the restaurants in the chain worldwide would close December 31 because of poisoned meat.
The tweets all contained racist and homophobic slurs and told people to blow themselves up. There were anti-establishment tweets about the American government being just bullies and frauds. Others mentioned the FBI, the NSA and the CIA.
All of the tweets are now deleted and an apology by the company was sent out from its account. The apology said the company apologized for the grossly offensive messages that had been sent out as the site was hijacked unfortunately for a period.
Twitter users seemed for the most part confused about why Chipotle was targeted by hackers, especially late on a Saturday night.
One person asked why they would hack Chipotle, while another said what did the company ever do besides serve superb burritos.
The responsibility for this latest Twitter hack was apparently claimed by two accounts on Twitter @TheCeltic666 and @TUGFeds, which now are suspended.
A Chipotle spokesperson said on Sunday that its Twitter account had been hijacked during the early morning hours between Saturday and Sunday for two hours during which time a number of offensive tweets had been posted on the account.
The spokesperson added that the company was conducting a full investigation to determine what took place and who were the perpetrators.
Chipotle has become one of the most popular casual food restaurant chains in the U.S. The quick service, relatively low cost and healthy food combination, has pushed the chain to the top in the U.S.
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