BBC News accidentally features hardcore gay adult site in Donald Trump coverage
BBC News accidentally cited a hardcore gay website in an article about Donald Trump.
The BBC made the inadvertent slip in an article about Donald Trump raging on Twitter about the impending arrest of his campaign officials.
As Trump’s former campaign manager prepared to surrender to the FBI over allegations of collusion with the Russian government to subvert the election, Trump took to Twitter to brand it a “witch hunt” and blamed Hillary Clinton.
Reporting on the issue, the BBC recalled: “US President Donald Trump has launched a Twitter tirade about the ‘guilt’ of Hillary Clinton and the opposition Democratic Party.
“His Sunday morning outburst came amid reports that the first arrest in the Russian collusion inquiry would be made this week, possibly as early as Monday.”
The article then featured a response to Trump, adding: “Critics on Twitter were quick to accuse him of attempting to divert attention from the Russian investigation by complaining about the lack of focus on an opponent he defeated in the presidential election nearly a year ago.”
However, the response that the BBC quoted came from TitanMen – which the news site apparently did not realise is a hardcore gay porn site.
When not tweeting about Donald Trump, the TitanMen Twitter account earns a following by tweeting graphic snippets of its porn films.
Its Twitter bio says: “NSFW! 18+ for Adults only! Producers of the best gay adult entertainment on the planet!”
Of the BBC’s accidental inclusion of their tweet, the site joked: “We like to think of ourselves as the thinking man’s porn!”
The slip did not escape the notice of Twitter users. One joked: “BBC embedding tweets from a NSFW account . Kinda stopped reading the article and had a gander at TitanMen instead”.
Another added: “Do you think BBC News realises they’re quoting a gay porn account?”
The BBC did eventually realise the mistake several hours later, and the article was quietly updated to feature a different response from a Twitter user.
In between posting clips of men having anal sex, TitanMen responded to its hasty removal from the BBC.
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The site added: “LOL! BBC posted our Trump Twitter comment, then realized we were a gay porn company and deleted it!”
Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort has since turned himself in to the FBI’s Washington field office.
He is expected to face charges as part of an investigation into allegations of Russian interference in the US election.
The first charges were approved by a federal grand jury on Friday but were sealed until this morning.