Wednesday, September 11, 2019
The New York Times on Wednesday updated a story marking the 18th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks, and deleted a tweet that said "airplanes took aim" at the Twin Towers of New York City's World Trade Center. "We've deleted an earlier tweet to this story and have edited for clarity. The story has also been updated," said a tweet posted to the official New York Times Twitter account.
The original tweet linked to a story about families gathering at the memorial site in New York City but was widely called out since it did not mention that the planes that hit the towers were hijacked by terrorists from al-Qaeda. The re-issued tweet with the story link now says, "18 years after nearly 3,000 people were lost, families of those killed in the terror attacks will gather at the 9/11 memorial."
Twitter exploded with outrage over the original story and tweet and sources at the Times said that they received thousands of cancellations before noon today.
Admin's note: Participants in this discussion must follow the site's moderation policy. Profanity will be filtered. Abusive conduct is not allowed.