Followers of the Health Promotion Board (HPBSG) Twitter’s account were appalled when they saw the four-letter bad word appearing in the Singapore government agency’s tweet stream.

According to the followers, the offending tweet went something like this - “Fuck u lah, u same level as me can dont talk to me like tt?”.

The tweet has since been removed and handlers for HPBSG have started apologising to followers.

According to a search on the hashtag #HPBSG, the offending tweet was meant for the friend of the person handling the HPBSG Twitter account. A mix up between the personal account and the HPB account might have resulting in the offending tweet.

Lesson of the day: Be nice on Twitter especially if you are responsible for multiple Twitter accounts.


  1. darrylkang  

    February 25, 2011 at 3:55 PM

    Mistakes like this happens all the time.

  2. Aaron Koh  

    February 25, 2011 at 6:12 PM

    I agree with you that mistakes occur. Switching between accounts is mind boggling.. Facebook has made it worst with the new Pages for admins. However, mistakes

    In fact, when I spoke to Hian Hou of the Straits Times, I told him that the followers initial response was that of shock. They did ask if the account got hacked or was it a mistake.

    The biggest mistake I guess was the handler who bad mouthed his/her friends.

    Though it might be a friendly conversation, our parents, teachers have always told us never to scold vulgarities.

    This could be a reason why.

  3. Details:  

    February 26, 2011 at 9:16 AM

    Use 2 different twitter programs or 2 different browsers or more for different accounts if possible. That will minimize any of these. :)

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