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Not lovin' it: McDonald's Twitter campaign hijacked by haters

In this Jan. 20, 2012 photo, the McDonald's logo and a Happy Meal box with french fries and a drink are posed at McDonald's, in Springfield, Ill.  McDonald’s Corp. saw net income jump by 11 percent in the fourth quarter, as the fast-food giant continued to attract budget-conscious customers with low prices.  (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

In this Jan. 20, 2012 photo, the McDonald's logo and a Happy Meal box with french fries and a drink are posed at McDonald's, in Springfield, Ill. McDonald’s Corp. saw net income jump by 11 percent in the fourth quarter, as the fast-food giant continued to attract budget-conscious customers with low prices. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)  (AP)

McDonald's has become the subject of an outburst of vitriolic hatred on Twitter after critics hijacked a promotional hash-tag created by the fast-food giant.

Opponents accused the burger franchise of making customers vomit, serving pig meat from gestation crates and dishing up a burger containing a finger nail. One fierce critic claimed he would rather eat his own diarrhea than visit the famous "golden arches''.

McDonald's last week launched a campaign featuring paid-for tweets, which would appear at the top of search results. An initial hashtag #MeetTheFarmers featured wholesome stories about farmers. The global chain then sent out two tweets with the general hashtag #McDStories.

But within minutes the hashtag took on a life of its own.

Detractors seized on #McDStories as an opportunity to document their alleged horror stories at the golden arches.

@jfsmith23 wrote: "Watching a classmate projectile vomit his food all over the restaurant during a 6th grade trip.''

One of the worst was @MuzzaFuzza who wrote: "I havent been to McDonalds in years, because Id rather eat my own diarrhoea.''

Social media director Rick Wion told PaidContent.org: "Within an hour, we saw that it wasn't going as planned. "It was negative enough that we set about a change of course.''

However the campaign wasn't a complete failure.

The #meetthefarmers hashtag escaped the battering and has stayed put.