The New York Times on Wednesday deleted a tweet marking the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that claimed “airplanes took aim” at the World Trade Center.
“18 years have passed since airplanes took aim and brought down the World Trade Center,” the original Times tweet read. “Today, families will once again gather and grieve at the site where more than 2000 people died.”
Twitter users were quick to point out that 19 Islamic terrorists, not airplanes, were responsible for the attacks and that nearly 3,000 people, or 2,996 specifically, were killed.
The Times later said it had deleted the tweet for the sake of “clarity.”
“We’ve deleted an earlier tweet to this story and have edited for clarity. The story has also been updated,” the paper tweeted.
A new Times tweet remembering 9/11 now reads, “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 misstep came just one day after The Times’ archives account was forced to remove a tweet that claimed Chinese communist leader Mao Zedong died as “one of history’s great revolutionary figures.”
The paper later explained that the tweet “lacked critical historical context” and had been revised.
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