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26 July 2017

TapMedia‏ Twitter account goes rogue as former employee calls out CEO for sexism

The wrong kind of Twitter take-over
The wrong kind of Twitter take-over

Image: Mashable Composite; AP/REX/Shutterstock

Hell hath no fury like a former social media manager scorned.

TapMedia learned that the hard way after a former social media manager took the reigns to the company’s Twitter account and blasted the company’s CEO, John Meyer, for being sexist.

In the replies to that tweet, the person who took over the account clarified that she’s a woman, and adds more on why she believes Meyer’s tweet, which poked fun at a woman’s eyebrows, was sexist. 

In addition to calling Meyer sexist, the tweeter at hand also sent out a barrage of tweets, revealing details about her time at TapMedia, including how much money she reportedly made.

As the tweets continued, the profile and background images on the account were changed, a rose emoji was added to the name of the account, and a tweet was pinned to the top of the profile that read: “Entrepreneurs are false idols end exploitation & oppression of the working class.”

As for the identity of the hacker, the bio on the TapMedia account linked to a separate Twitter account for someone named Imogen. Mashable has also reached out to them for comment.

In a statement to Mashable, TapMedia CEO John Meyer explained that “Imogen” was Imogen Olsen, a former employee at his current company, Fresco.

“It’s very disappointing to see Imogen Olsen hack a previously inactive Twitter account for my previous app company, TapMedia (where I was the sole employee). It’s even more sad to see such a strong case of cyberbullying from someone who talks frequently on social media about her own mental health issues.”

Meyer added that his father recently died by suicide, and lived with severe mental health issues. As someone who experienced that loss, he said he believes cyberbullying should be frowned upon for its toll on mental health.

“I wish her all the best and hope that she could instead engage in a much more mature, professional, and respectful dialogue with me about the things that cause her anger or frustration,” he said. 

As of this writing, the banner photo on the TapMedia twitter account still displays the url for the website of the Democratic Socialists of America, and the tweets are still posted to the account.

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