In a tweet about Wednesday’s 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorism attacks, the New York Times wrote “airplanes took aim.”
The tweet, now deleted, read: “18 years have passed since airplanes took aim and brought down the World Trade Center. Today, families will once again gather and grieve at the site where more than 2000 people died.” A new tweet reads, according to Fox News: “18 years after nearly 3,000 people were lost, families of those killed in the terror attacks will gather at the 9/11 memorial. There will be a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m., then the names of the dead — one by one — will be recited.”
The Times noted in a tweet, “We’ve deleted an earlier tweet to this story and have edited for clarity. The story has also been updated.”
iMediaEthics wrote to the Times to ask what went wrong and how many complaints it received. Times spokesperson Danielle Rhoades-Ha told iMediaEthics by e-mail, “We have no comment beyond the follow up tweet and acknowledgement,” and pointed to its tweets.