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W.E.B. DuBois (US Department of Education)
W.E.B. DuBois (US Department of Education)

The Education Department spelled black activist W.E.B. Du Bois' name wrong in a tweet


The Department of Education tried to mark Black History Month by tweeting about the famed black author and activist W.E.B. Du Bois. 

Instead, it tweeted about W.E.B. DeBois, who is not a real person, but the result of a typo.

This comes a week after #boycottbudwiser trended on Twitter, as did #BetsyDeVoe. All of these are misspellings. The beer giant is spelled Budweiser, and the new education secretary is Betsy DeVos. 

Here's the offending tweet.

The department apologized for the typo.

A later version of the tweet corrected the error.

But people had already noticed.

Some tied this to President Trump's unusual comments about Frederick Douglass.

The NAACP saw this as a teachable moment.

Others just saw fodder for a pun.

Why didn't the Department delete that tweet?

It's probably illegal for any federal agency's official Twitter account to delete any tweets, Forbes reports. The Presidential Records Act of 1978 says basically any correspondence by the President "and his staff" must be preserved, and deleting tweets would likely violate that. 

So the Education Department will never be able to delete this high-profile typo, or any other, unless the law changes.

Trump said Betsy DeVos went through an 'unfair trial' before becoming education secretary

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