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Alec Baldwin, Ricky Gervais, the Kremlin… top Twitter faux pas

Twitter has become a global phenomenon. It allows users to interact with each other, as well as their favourite celebrities.

They say you should never meet your heroes, but Twitter allows you to virtually meet every single one of them.

The results are mixed: some people can actually have a say in their favourite celeb’s life, whereas other are left disappointed to find out a celebrity’s life is just as mundane as theirs.

Twitter can also land public figures in hot water. Here are some of the best (and worst) Twitter faux pas.

Ricky Gervais

The comedian and writer has made a living out of being offensive, and of course writing great comedy. But Gervais got himself into a bit of bother over the repeated use of an offensive term for people with Down’s Syndrome.

Gervais claimed the meaning of the word had changed, arguing “the word ‘gay’ used to mean happy. Words change. Get over it.”

But Down’s Syndrome campaigners didn’t see the funny side, and Gervais was forced to apologise.

The Kremlin

Who’d have thought the Kremlin was on Twitter? Well it is, and has left Russian President Dmitri Medvedev with a lot of explaining to do.

An unfortunate retweet of Russian MP Konstantin Rykov’s accusation that a recently-jailed Russian activist was a “stupid sheep” has led to much back-pedalling by the Kremlin.

Blaming the retweet on an ‘unidentified official’, the Kremlin quickly removed the post but not before the Russian blogosphere had got hold of it.

Alec Baldwin

The American actor is an avid Tweeter, and made the news this week after tweeting that he had been kicked off an American Airlines flight for refusing to stop playing a game.

According to Baldwin, he was unfairly singled out. According to the airline, he was obnoxious, rude, and too dangerous to be kept on board.

Either way, Baldwin has now deactivated his account, calling for a ‘mass unfollowing’. The Twittersphere duly obliged, telling him exactly what they thought of him along the way.