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McDonald's apologises for Trump tweet, claims it was hacked

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NEW YORK McDonald's apologised yesterday after it briefly posted on Twitter a blast criticising President Donald Trump, which the company blamed on a hack from an external source.

The quickly deleted tweet offered an uncharitable appraisal of Mr Trump, saying, "You are actually a disgusting excuse of a President and we would love to have Barack Obama back, also you have tiny hands."

The tweet was removed mid-morning on Thursday, soon after being posted to one of McDonald's official Twitter feeds - but not before being retweeted more than a thousand times.

"Based on our investigation, we have determined that our Twitter account was hacked by an external source," said McDonald's spokesman Terri Hickey in a statement.

"We took swift action to secure it, and we apologise this tweet was sent through our corporate McDonald's account."

Hacking has been a persistent problem in recent years with the growing influence of Twitter and other social media sites. - AFP

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