British Museum Criticized for Saying Asian Names Are Confusing

During an interactive Twitter session #AskACurator, a curator was asked about accessibility to a diverse range of people, to which the reply was: “Sometimes Asian names can be confusing, so we have to be careful about using too many.”

That tweet caused an uproar, and British Museum tried to clarify that statement, but dug itself into a deeper hole:

Eventually, they decided to apologize:

Read more about it at The Guardian.

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Professor Fired After Calling Hurricane Harvey “Instant Karma”

Visiting Assistant Professor Kenneth Storey at the University of Tampa had described Hurricane Harvey as “instant karma” for Texans. It caused an uproar, and he deleted the post.

The University issued a statement condemning his remarks:

The University of Tampa on Monday night posted a statement on Facebook condemning Storey’s comments and “the sentiment behind them,” but noted they were posted to a private account and “not made within his capacity as a faculty member.”

That statement made no reference to Storey’s future role with the university — but, in another release Tuesday, the university said Storey “has been relieved of his duties at UT, and his classes will be covered by other sociology faculty.”

Read more about it at The Orlando Sentinel.

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Social Media Management Company Fired After Tweeting NSFW Picture on RealtyTrac

RealtyTrac uses an automated service to post on Twitter. The service accidentally posted a NSFW (not safe for work) picture during one of its regularly scheduled tweets.

The automated service was immediately terminated, and the offending post deleted.

When asked how the tweet appeared on RealtyTrac’s feed, RealtyTrac Vice President Daren Blomquist said that the tweet was a mistake and the result of an automated service that the company immediately discontinued using…

Blomquist also said that going forward, all posts to RealtyTrac’s Twitter feed will be “reviewed by an actual person employed by RealtyTrac before posting.”

Read more about it at Housing Wire.

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