Why You Shouldn't Leave Your Twitter Account Logged In If You're an MP (Or Anyone Else)

By Sam Gibbs on at

Tom Watson, the Labour MP for West Bromwich East, left his Twitter account logged in and in the hands of his 21-year-old intern when he buggered off for a meeting. Unfortunately the intern lacked any sense and decided to have a little fun at Watson’s expense. Of course that backfired.

She posted:

“I should log out of my twitter so that my intern doesn't twit-rape me ...”

Rape and MPs is a bit of a touchy subject right now, and although it might have been funny in the eyes of the frapping teens, the MP’s 65,000 followers didn’t all see the funny side of it.

15 minutes later the intern recognised her foolish mistake and attempted to back pedal with:

“My boss is in a meeting, i've made a terrible mistake, im very sorry everyone, it wasn't meant to be offensive! logging him off now! sorry!”

But the damage was done – hundreds of retweets of her first post meant that there was no way to cover it up. Finally, Watson got out of his meeting and ended the saga with:

"I sincerely apologise for the recent tweet. A lesson learned for a young intern. She's also very sorry. I will deal with the matter offline." 

Ouch. Sounds like someone got fired. Then again it could have been a lot worse.

What’s the moral of the story? Interns can’t be trusted with your Twitter account. And if you’re an MP, for heaven’s sake don’t leave your social media accounts logged in when you’re not there. [The Telegraph]

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