Eight lives changed by Twitter

Published On: Mar 21 2013 02:22:14 PM CDT   Updated On: Dec 26 2013 01:43:23 PM CST

An offensive tweet about AIDS in Africa created a firestorm over the weekend and ultimately cost public relations executive Justine Sacco her job. Check out eight lives changed by the popular microblogging site.

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Paraskevi Papachristou. A Greek triple jumper, Papachristou was on her way to the London Olympic Games when she tweeted a joke: "With so many Africans in Greece, the mosquitoes from the West Nile will at least be eating some homemade food." The tweet was quickly denounced as racially insensitive, or downright racist, by Twitter users. Greece's Olympic committee condemned the tweet and ruled that she would not be allowed to participate in the games. Papachristou later apologized for the tweet.

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