Historic Royal Palaces accidentally sends tweet endorsing Conservative Party

The charity said it was a mistake and the tweet was deleted five minutes later

The Tower of London is managed by Historic Royal Palaces (Photograph: Tetra Images/Getty Images)
The Tower of London is managed by Historic Royal Palaces (Photograph: Tetra Images/Getty Images)

The charity that manages the Tower of London has apologised after accidentally sending a tweet urging people to vote Conservative at the forthcoming general election. 

Historic Royal Palaces, which looks after the tower and five other sites, including Hampton Court and Kensington Palace, posted a tweet yesterday morning that resembled similar messages from the Conservative Party’s own social media accounts about its manifesto. 

The charity’s tweet said: "This #ConservativeManifesto focuses on the people’s priorities. #VoteConservative to get Brexit done, invest in our NHS, put more police on our streets, and properly fund schools. Share now: vote.conservatives.com/our-plan."

A spokeswoman for the charity said the tweet was an accident and the tweet, which was posted at 9.13am, was deleted five minutes later.

She said the charity would report the incident to the Charity Commission if it was deemed necessary to do so. 

The spokeswoman also warned charities to switch off Face ID on phones and be wary of tweets that pasted copy into other tweets, which make it look like a message had come directly from the user’s Twitter account.

A statement from Historic Royal Palaces said: "Earlier today, in error, a tweet endorsing the Conservative Party manifesto was briefly shared from the Historic Royal Palaces Twitter account. 

"Twitter’s algorithm sometimes serves content from accounts your followers engage with, and in this instance a tweet appeared on HRP’s feed with a button that, if pressed, pastes that content into a new tweet. 

"This button was pressed entirely accidentally, creating a tweet which was shared with followers of @HRP_Palaces. 

"We deleted our tweet as soon as this mistake was spotted. Historic Royal Palaces is an independent charity and politically neutral."

A statement from the Charity Commission said the regulator had noted the charity’s apology for the mistake and would be getting in touch to find out what happened and ensure the incident was not repeated.

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