- Magda shared a 1976 photo on Human Rights Day
- Human Rights Day primarily commemorates the 1960 Sharpeville massacre
- She apologised for the mistake and announced she's 'abandoning' Twitter
Billionaire businesswoman and anti-corruption activist, Magda Wierzycka, has announced she's "abandoning" Twitter following her Human Rights Day photo mishap.
Magda was criticised for tweeting the iconic photo of Hector Pieterson, who was shot in 1976, to mark Human Rights Day, which primarily marks the 1960 Sharpeville massacre.
She deleted the photo almost immediately, Briefly.co.za gathered. However, someone had already taken a screenshot of it. The screenshot subsequently went viral.
Magda announced her decision to leave Twitter on Thursday, citing the backlash. In a tweet, she said:
Thank you to everyone who followed me for the right reasons. I will continue to work behind the scenes to try and help where I can.
Speaking to Times Live, the businesswoman also lashed out at journalists for making her mistake a huge talking point. She said:
I don’t believe that a two-minute mistake in an upload of a photograph and which I corrected immediately – but not quickly enough for someone to take a snapshot – is a story.
Earlier, she apologised for her error. Remarkably, even the Department of International Relations and Cooperation tweeted the same picture, something Magda used in her defence.
Many of her followers however urged Magda, who is best known for outspoken anti-Gupta corruption stance, not to leave Twitter. See some of their reactions below.
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