Stephen Colbert Deactivates Show's Twitter Account Following Tweet Controversy

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With the help of one of Twitter's founders, Biz Stone, the 'Colbert Report' account which recently caused misunderstanding is removed from the site.

"Colbert Report" Twitter account which recently caused controversy resulting in #CancelColbert campaign has been removed from the social networking site. Stephen Colbert has teamed up with Twitter co-founder Biz Stone who appeared in Monday, March 31 episode of his show to deactivate the account.

The #CancelColbert controversy started on Thursday when a tweet from the account was deemed racist toward Asian community. "I am willing to show #Asian community I care by introducing the Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever," read the offensive tweet.

Colbert then responded to the backlash on his account, tweeting, "#CancelColbert - I agree! Just saw @ColbertReport tweet. I share your rage. Who is that, though? I'm @StephenAtHome." The Colbert Report account then added, "This is a Comedy Central account, with no oversight from Stephen/show."

The comedian/actor also addressed the misunderstanding in the Monday show. Colbert previously satirized Daniel Snyder's new charity, The Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation, by jokingly announced that he founded the Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever. The joke, however, was posted on the account without context or video.

"Who would have thought a means of communication limited to 140 characters would ever create misunderstandings?" he said. "CNN even took a break from their Malaysian airliner coverage to report spotting what they thought was the wreckage of my show off the coast of Australia."


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