Last year during the holiday season Twitter convulsed when Justine Sacco, communication director of digital technology/media company IAC, sent an offensive tweet that later caused her to lose her job. Before she jetted to South Africa in December 2013, Sacco tweeted:
Once Sacco landed, IAC fired her for misconduct and she made national news with her infamous tweet which sprouted the trending hashtag, #HasJustineLandedYet. After getting sacked, Sacco released a statement:
“Words cannot express how sorry I am, and how necessary it is for me to apologize to the people of South Africa, who I have offended due to a needless and careless tweet,” Sacco said in the statement. “There is an AIDS crisis taking place in this country, that we read about in America, but do not live with or face on a continuous basis. Unfortunately, it is terribly easy to be cavalier about an epidemic that one has never witnessed firsthand.
“For being insensitive to this crisis — which does not discriminate by race, gender or sexual orientation, but which terrifies us all uniformly — and to the millions of people living with the virus, I am ashamed…”
She’s somehow found a company that wants her working for them again.
According to BuzzFeed, Sacco lived in Ethiopia for the month of March, volunteering as a consultant for a non-government organization. This move has now led to a new job with the dating site Hot Or Not helping with marketing and promotions for its relaunch.
Back in April, she began working for Badoo, the company that owns Hot or Not and has 200 million users around the world, especially in Europe and Latin America. The site is looking to build business here in the US. Sacco has experience working with Match.com during her time at IAC. So that — and not her tweeting habits — are likely what got her the job.
We will keep you updated if Sacco slips up again, though we’re pretty sure she’s learned her lesson. Are you surprised Sacco has found another job?