A TRAVEL blog sparked a Boxing Day social media stooshie with a post that Edinburgh is in England.
The Magical Places on Earth blog, which has a huge following on Twitter and Instagram with over 150,000 followers between the two apps, posted a photo of Victoria Street in Edinburgh with the caption “Edinburgh, England” followed by an emoji of Union flag.
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The tweet sparked both outrage and entertainment on Twitter, with some users quick to laugh about it and other reviews of the blog. The post drew hundreds of comments and responses.
“Seriously? You are not qualified to manage this account clearly,” said one user.
Others used the format to make their own jokes with an account sharing a photo of the Eiffel Tower in Paris with the caption: “Edinburgh, England. I visited on my way to Dublin.
Hannah Smethurst added: “One thing Covid has stolen from me is my visit to Cardiff, England.”
Magical Places then added a correction to say it was Scotland before removing it altogether.
Last night, the account posted on Twitter: “We deeply apologize for our previous tweet about Edinburgh. We have just kicked our intern from social networks. We are sorry.”
We deeply apologize for our previous tweet about Edinburgh. We have just kicked our intern from social networks. We are sorry.
– Magical places on Earth (@ magicalplaces4) December 26, 2020
The blog’s apology did little to satisfy social media users. “I lived in Edinburgh, you made a lot more Scottish enemies by firing the intern than the intern by making a geography error,” one person replied.
“You fired an intern on a tweet. I think that makes it worse, ”wrote another.
The account owner, who said English was not his mother tongue and did not want to be identified, responded to The National’s request for comment.
They said they were based in Pakistan and started the blog on their own, but got more and more people involved over time.
“I’m a student, so I don’t have enough time for this,” they said. “So I hired someone from my university who first contacted me saying that he was interested in managing my accounts as an intern.
“Last night when he posted this tweet, I received too many reports on my Twitter accounts.
“One of the reasons he was fired was obviously the backlash from the crowd who were beyond hysterical.”
The blogger said he was concerned Twitter could suspend the account they “worked very hard” on.