A US public relations executive has lost her job with the media company IAC, after tweeting a racist message about Aids in Africa.
Justine Sacco provoked an internet storm when she tweeted: “Going to Africa. Hope I don’t get AIDS. Just kidding. I’m white.”
IAC said the company and Ms Sacco had now parted ways.
Ms Sacco has yet to publicly comment on the issue, but her Twitter account has been deleted.
In a statement, IAC said: “The offensive comment does not reflect the views and values of IAC. We take this issue very seriously, and we have parted ways with the employee in question.”
It said there was “no excuse for the hateful statements that have been made”.
But the company added that it hoped “time and action, and the forgiving human spirit, will not result in the wholesale condemnation of an individual who we have otherwise known to be a decent person at core.”
IAC is the parent company of Match.com, The Daily Beast, Dictionary.com and BlackPeopleMeet.com, a dating site for African-Americans.