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The 10 worst social media blunders by politicians in 2014

Updated Dec 19th, 2018 8:55PM EST
Top 10 Social Media Mistakes

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Get ready to cringe, ladies and gentlemen. Social media has completely penetrated our lives, and things were taken to the next level in 2014. What started as a few simple websites where people could communicate and keep each other up to date on their personal lives has become a core part of the Internet experience. People use social media sites to communicate with each other, brands use social media sites to communicate with potential customers, and even politicians now use social media as a key tool with which they can make their messages heard.

Of course, sometimes those messages are huge mistakes that politicians instantly regret posting, and now it’s time to laugh and cringe as we relive the 10 worst posts of the year.

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Twitter, Vine, Facebook, Tumblr and other similar services are great for politicians. The problem, of course, is that words, pictures and videos are immortalized the instant they’re posted to the Internet, so mistakes made on social media sites can’t be undone.

In the modern era of journalism where even Bloomberg posts listicles on its website, we get this funny post covering the top 10 social media mistakes politicians made in 2014.

Included on the list are some intentional posts that turned out to be awful, awful ideas such as First Lady Michelle Obama’s turnip Vine:

And we also get some posts that were seemingly made by politicians who were too quick to pull the trigger, like this one from New Jersey governor Chris Christie that he later blamed on auto-correct:

Then there were some screw-ups that are just unexplainable, such as this image, which was inexplicably posted on Facebook by former Texas school board member Chris Harris:

The full list can be seen by following the link below in our source section.

Zach Epstein
Zach Epstein Executive Editor

Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content. Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment.

His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.