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BuzzFeed fired its White House correspondent, Adrian Carrasquillo, this week after he was accused of sending an “inappropriate message.” That message broke BuzzFeed‘s conduct code.

A BuzzFeed spokesperson told the Huffington Post, “In responding to a complaint filed last week by an employee, we learned that Adrian violated our Code of Conduct by sending an inappropriate message to a colleague. This followed a reminder about our prohibition against inappropriate communications.”

iMediaEthics has messaged Carrasquillo to ask for his response to the firing and to ask what his message said. On Twitter, Carrasquillo apologized, writing, “I deeply regret the crass & sexist attempt at a joke that led to my firing from BuzzFeed. I privately apologized to my colleagues & also want to apologize publicly to friends & colleagues this incident affected. I loved my time at BuzzFeed & wish everyone there continued success.”

“Last month, BuzzFeed News began investigating several of its staffers after their names appeared on a Google spreadsheet titled ‘S—-y Media Men’ that was being passed around media circles,” Business Insider reported. “It listed unverified allegations against men in the media and publishing industries. Carrasquillo’s name appeared on a version of the list seen by Business Insider.”

Last month, the New York Times suspended its White House correspondent Glenn Thrush after he was accused of making unwanted sexual advances. The newspaper announced that Thrush will return to the Times next month on a different beat.

This month, New York public radio station WNYC fired hosts Leonard Lopate and Jonathan Schwartz for “inappropriate behavior.”

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