- The Washington Times - Monday, January 16, 2017

IHOP says its Twitter account was hacked Sunday morning after facing backlash for a retweet calling Hillary Clinton’s failed Democratic presidential bid a “major garbage campaign.”

A tweet Friday by user @poojaslays read, “Also good morning to everyone except Americans who don’t want to accept the simple fact that Hillary Clinton had a major garbage campaign.”

IHOP retweeted the statement Sunday, prompting hundreds of responses and multiple calls for a boycott. The restaurant chain deleted the retweet and later released a statement claiming its account had been hacked.

“At the core of the IHOP brand is a desire to bring people together and a commitment to creating a warm and welcoming environment for guests and fans everywhere, both in our restaurants and online,” the statement read, a local NBC News affiliate reported.

“After a thorough investigation, we have confirmed that the IHOP Twitter account was hacked this morning,” it continued. “The retweeted post in question was immediately removed, and we have taken the necessary steps to ensure the security and integrity of our social media accounts. We appreciate our fans bringing this to our attention and recognizing that this is not normal content shared by IHOP.”

As for @poojaslays, a self-described Communist, she appears to laughing off the wave of attention her comment has created.

“I got so much hate in the past 24 hours, but none of that could compare to the hate I have for Clinton lol,” she tweeted.

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