In a surprising move, the account of Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey had been hacked following a spate of irregular and derogatory messages that were posted.
Around 2000 GMT, the tweets full of racial smears and insulting language appeared on the @jack account of the company’s CEO prior to being deleted.
Some of the tweets comprised the hashtag #ChucklingSquad, which was thought to specify the recognition of the hacker group.
The messages contained ethnic nicknames, and encompassed a retweet of a message assisting Nazi Germany. According to Twitter, the phone number related to the CEO’s account was affected thanks to a safety omission by the mobile provider.
According to Twitter, Dorsey’s account has been protected and there was “no indication that Twitter’s systems have been compromised.”
It seemed that tweets posted on the CEO’s account by the hacker were up for about half an hour before being deleted.
Held atop Dorsey’s account was a tweet from early last year saying: “We’re committing Twitter to help increase the collective health, openness, and civility of public conversation, and to hold ourselves publicly accountable towards progress.”
A salvo of comments unleashed on Twitter asked why company’s co-founder didn’t secure his account more effectively, adding that it was alarming that its own CEO was not impervious to being hacked.
“If you can’t protect Jack, you can’t protect… jack,” one Twitter user jibed.
The news comes with Dorsey and Twitter moving aggressively to clean up offensive and inappropriate content as part of a focus on “safety.”
“This might be the only way to get rid of racist tweets on this platform,” a Twitter user observed.