The United Nations News Center posted a tweet Thursday evening calling for “8 million Americans abroad” to “stop Trump.”
The tweets directed American expats to a voter registration site, and encouraged them to share.
The tweet was pulled soon after it was posted
Politico is reporting:
The tweet, published at 9:14 p.m. ET on Thursday, urged American expats to share a voter registration tool on the website of the activist organization Avaaz that states, “U.S. Citizens abroad could defeat Trump … if they voted.”
The Web page, titled “The October surprise that will end Trump,” allows users to sign up for help registering to vote in the Nov. 8 presidential election and encourages them enlist their friends as well.
“At a time when Trump is trying to divide us, we could help defeat him if we all share this page with EVERYONE. Let’s reach every US voter abroad,” it reads.
The tweet was deleted within 20 minutes, without explanation.
It may come as no surprise if the UN decided to stick its nose in the US election, but according to the United Nations News Centre, it was just an accident.
Ari Gaitanis, chief of the U.N. News Services Section, which oversees the twitter account, said it was a mistake.
“That tweet did not originate from the UN News Centre and this was the reason for it being taken down,” he told POLITICO. “We’re looking into its provenance.”
Pretty convenient that just a mistake can influence followers without tarnishing reputations.