Can contraction/euphemism of a profanity be considered a profanity?

A co-worker posted the phrase "what the f" (exactly that phrase, not the true four letter word) in social media referring to another department. Now, the supervisor of the other department demands a written apology. Is it right? If you can give references, I will highly appreciate it. If you have sources... show more A co-worker posted the phrase "what the f" (exactly that phrase, not the true four letter word) in social media referring to another department. Now, the supervisor of the other department demands a written apology. Is it right? If you can give references, I will highly appreciate it. If you have sources to legal opinions, that will be awesome. Thank you.
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