After its official account tweeted a string of racist and vulgar messages on Friday evening, Buffalo Wild Wings has apologized and says it was hacked.
In about a 10 minute span on Friday evening, the verified account @BWWings sent six disturbing messages — messages that included sexual innuendo and racial slurs, including one Tweet that singled out author and commentator Tariq Nasheed. The account also sent a message about Wendy's using a British slang term to describe a child molester.
The tweets were deleted shortly after they were sent. Buffalo Wild Wings then sent the following message:
"Well, we were hacked. And it wasn’t funny. We apologize for the awful posts, which obviously did not come from us."
Well, we were hacked. And it wasn’t funny. We apologize for the awful posts, which obviously did not come from us.
— Buffalo Wild Wings (@BWWings) June 2, 2018
A spokesperson told the Associated Press that the restaurant chain "will pursue the appropriate action against the individuals involved."
Alex Hider is a writer for the E.W. Scripps National Desk. Follow him on Twitter @alexhider.