ScoMo Isn't The Only Politician To Get Trolled By Their Own Website
The ongoing battle of politicians versus the world wide web gives us a lot of laughs, costs a lot of jobs and of course sparks multiple firestorms of controversy.
Scott Morrison has been caught out in an embarrassing oversight after the domain name for his personal website was apparently not renewed, leading an eagle-eyed man to swoop in on the URL and embed some content of his own.
The website was stripped of all Prime Ministerial content and now simply contains an image of the PM with the punk song 'Scotty Doesn't Know' by Lustra -- made famous in the movie 'Eurotrip' -- playing over the top.
But ScoMo is not the first (and will definitely not be the last) to suffer from a social media or online faux pas, with politicians across the globe falling victim to blunders ranging from accidentally liking NSFW videos, to election campaign backfires and even the resurgence of past racist tweets.
So join us as we wander back through some of the all time best social media fails our world leaders have to offer.
The 'liking and unliking'
ScoMo's predecessor Malcolm Turnbull was caught controversially liking and then (perhaps even more controversially) unliking a tweet earlier this week which appeared to endorse a Kerryn Phelps win in this weekend's upcoming Wentworth by-election.
While we're not sure if it the 'like' was on purpose or intentional, the former PM and Liberal Party leader certainly got people talking.
The 'digging up old tweets'
Sometimes social media faux pas can come back to bite politicians' in the behind in a BIG way.
For Canadian Liberal Party candidate Ala Buzreba it even cost her her run for the federal election, after Twitter users dug up a series of old tweets including "go blow your brains out you waste of sperm" and "your mother should have used the coat hanger."
Buzreba apologised for the tweets she had made as a teenager but ultimately stepped down from candidacy.
The 'campaign strategy backfire'
In an era where politicians (here's looking at you Donald Trump) are increasingly using their social media accounts as a platform to share their opinions and policies, there's bound to be some online campaigns that backfire on our world leaders.
US Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton found that out first hand when she was accused of trying to pander to the Hispanic community after her campaign shared a listicle entitled '7 things Hillary Clinton has in common with your abuela.'
Social media users jumped on the #NotMyAbuela hashtag to criticise the Democrat candidate on her 'tone-deaf' attempt to connect to the often marginalized community of voters.
The 'gift that keeps on giving' (@realDonaldTrump)
In Donald Trump's defense, tweeting 24/7 makes it statistically more likely you'd slip up every once in a while. Being the highly controversial figure he is, critics jump at the opportunity to point out a social media faux pas or two (hundred).
Memorable examples include the time he created a new word that sparked a social media firestorm even the president himself was laughing at.
In a middle of the night tweet last year Trump tweeted "Despite the negative press covfefe".
The bizarre tweet had zero explanation and left his followers wondering where exactly his thought process was going. The tweet was deleted hours later but he did follow up with a cheeky message in the morning challenging people to figure out what it all meant.
In another classic moment last year Trump apparently struggled with the spelling of the world 'heal' uploading three different versions of the word before settling on the correct spelling.
Merriam Webster Dictionary came to the President's rescue however, helpfully tweeting some spelling prompts, adding "it's never too late for a teachable moment."
The 'liking a nsfw video/photo'
And of course there is the unusual phenomenon (OK, and in some cases, legitimate hacking) of politicians liking porn videos or photos on their social media accounts, which is undoubtedly the pinnacle of all cringe moments.
There was US Senator Ted Cruz.
And even some our own politicians have been caught out in this blunder.
Health Minister Greg Hunt claimed he was hacked when users noticed his account had like a very explicit tweet. The federal MP said he would be notifying authorities, however AAP later reported a police investigation had found no evidence of hacking.
Christopher Pyne also suffered a similar blunder and he too claimed he was hacked and even accused the hacker as "making mischief over the plebiscite."
The 'liking a mean tweet About your boss'
In another super awkward moment former Treasurer Joe Hockey's account apparently liked a tweet criticising former PM Malcolm Turnbull and calling him a "cranky prick".
Hockey also claimed he was hacked and said the AFP were investigating.
The 'green screen'
But sometimes social media blunders are less problematic and just a hilarious opportunity to be taken, as proven when U.S. politician Jeb Push tweeted a photo of himself in front a green screen leading to what one social media user described as "what Photoshop dreams are made of."
So while we feel for ScoMo's social media oversight today, who can really blame him. Our PM has a lot on his plate.
Besides, we've only just started getting over THAT Fatman Scoop moment.
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