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State Department Travel Tweet Backfires

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FILE - A general view of the U.S. State Department in Washington, D.C.

FILE - A general view of the U.S. State Department in Washington, D.C.

The U.S. State Department is under fire for what some say is a tweet that suggested Americans are not as good looking as they may think they are.

The purpose of the tweet, which has since been deleted, was to warn Americans traveling abroad and read “Not a ‘10’ in the U.S.? Then not a ‘10’ overseas. Beware of being lured into buying expensive drinks or worse — being robbed.”

The U.S. State Department's tweet warning Americans about scam artists overseas set of a Twitter firestorm.

The U.S. State Department's tweet warning Americans about scam artists overseas set of a Twitter firestorm.

Twitter predictably erupted with criticism, comedy and parody, and the State Department apologized, saying the tweet was just a warning to avoid “overseas scam artists.”

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