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MUPD deletes tweet after backlash on social media

MUPD says tweet was joke

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COLUMBIA, Mo. - During a Mizzou basketball game Monday night, the University of Missouri Police Department tweeted what they said was a joke in reference to how well the team was playing.

The tweet read, "Okay can we talk about how @MizzouHoops is so good it's criminal? About to be a homicide at Mizzou Arena #MIZ."

By tweeting that statement, MUPD did not follow the social media guidelines set by the University of Missouri's identity standards, which says any MU employee or contractor hired by MU that contributes to any MU social media, should follow.

One guideline states a comment should be re-read to make sure it can't be misconstrued as negative or inappropriate before posting it.

Another guideline states the person posting on social media should treat it as seriously and professionally as any other aspect of their job, and if a mistake was made, admit to it.

After a few people on Twitter reacted to the tweet from MUPD with replies of dissatisfaction, the official Mizzou Twitter account, and then MUPD, clarified the tweet was a joke.

Eventually MUPD deleted the tweet and even blocked a follower, but later apologized to that person via direct messaging.

MUPD and the university's spokesperson said the officer was extremely apologetic about the tweet.


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