PR Exec Tweets, ‘Going to Africa. Hope I Don’t Get AIDS. Just Kidding. I’m White!’

Justine Sacco, who works for media conglomerate IAC—the parent company of such popular brands as Vimeo, OkCupid and CollegeHumor—tweeted that she hoped she didn’t get AIDS on her trip to Africa. 



Updated: Saturday, Dec. 21, 8:10 a.m. ET: Justine Sacco’s Twitter account has been deleted. It is speculated that the account was closed after her landing on the African continent. In addition, according to, IAC, where she worked as director of Corporate Communications, has removed her profile from its site.

Updated: Friday, Dec. 20, 4:47 p.m. ET: A representative from IAC emailed the following comment to the International Business Times regarding the tweet:

“This is an outrageous, offensive comment that does not reflect the views and values of IAC. Unfortunately, the employee in question is unreachable on an international flight, but this is a very serious matter and we are taking appropriate action.”


If the tweets coming from Justine Sacco’s Twitter account are being written by her, then she may want to find another line of work. That’s because the director of communications for IAC—a leading media and Internet company focused in the core areas of search, applications, online dating, local and media, according to its Web page—allegedly just tweeted, “Going to Africa. Hope I don’t get AIDS. Just kidding. I’m white!”

ValleyWag first reported the derogatory tweet and mentions that IAC manages such popular brands as Vimeo, OkCupid, Tinder, CollegeHumor and