MIAMI -- Burger King said Monday that it reached out to Twitter to suspend its account after it was hacked, said the Associated Press.
Starting just after noon Eastern time on Monday, the fast-food company's Twitter picture was changed to a McDonald's logo, the background picture changed to McDonald's new Fish McBites product and the account tweeted that it had been sold to rival McDonald's.
Some posts from the account contained racial epithets, references to drug use and obscenities. The account has also tweeted: "if I catch you at a wendys, we're fightin!"
Burger King Worldwide Inc. spokesperson Bryson Thornton told AP that the company reached out to Twitter administrators to suspend the account. The account has not posted since about 1:15 EST.
The Miami-based company said that it plans to post a statement on Facebook to apologize, especially for the offensive posts. It hopes to have the account back up soon.
Oak Brook, Ill.-based McDonald's is the world's leading global foodservice retailer with more than 34,000 locations serving more than 69 million customers in 119 countries each day.
Burger King operates in more than 12,600 locations serving more than 11 million guests daily in 83 countries and territories worldwide.