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BBC India’s Faux Pas moves Smriti Irani to Protest

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BBC India’s Faux Pas moves Smriti Irani to Protest

Shortly after the combined victory of India’s ace tennis player Sania Mirza and Switzerland’s Martina Hingis in the Wimbledon Doubles Finals, BBC India tweeted its congratulatory message for Hingis, leaving out Sania’s name from the same. The tweet, which reads, “Hingis wins Wimbledon doubles final”, infuriated BJP leader and HRD Minister Smriti Irani.

Not only Irani, but the BBC’s error on Twitter has also raised the ire of others. Furious fans have slammed the BBC, accusing it of racism.
The BBC taking note of the issue, issued a clarification stating that it was an automated tweet. However, popular disapproval later led it to correct its initial tweet, and apologize for not mentioning Sania’s name. The corrected tweet said,

India’s Sania Mirza wins women’s Wimbledon doubles with Martina Hingis:

http://t.co/QUg1GCfAwK (Correcting earlier tweet – apologies!)”

BBC India (@BBCIndia) July 12, 2015

Later, the negligent tweet was removed from BBC India’s twitter timeline.

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