Friday’s incident occurred at Brooklyn’s Union Temple ahead of a political event organized by comedienne Ilana Glazer—who cancelled the event following the attack.
The extensive media coverage of the incident and consequent social media discussions resulted in the algorithm’s recognition of the slur as a trending topic, therefore promoting it on the social network’s trending list for nearly 10 minutes.
The spokesperson for Twitter issued an official response, calling the appearance of the phrase “a mistake.”
“This phrase should not have appeared in trends, and we’re sorry for this mistake. This was trending as a result of coverage and horrified reactions to the vandalism against a synagogue in New York. Regardless, it should not have appeared as a trend,” the statement concluded.