Message from the Twitter communications department confirmed the hacking of cofounder and CEO Jack Dorsey’s Twitter account, the account posted a hashtag which was used during apparent hacks of several famous youtube personalities last week.
Friday afternoon, the account of Twitter Inc Chief Executive Jack Dorsey was hacked sending violent and racist public tweets and retweets that included slurs and curses published to more than four million followers.
San Francisco based twitter’s communication team said in a tweet that it was aware that the account of Twitter’s CEO had been compromised and an investigation has been placed to find out how the hacking occurred. Another subsequent tweet said, “The account is now secure, there is no indication that Twitter’s systems have been compromised.”
Tweets consisted of racist comments against African-Americans and jews along with one tweet which claimed that Nazi leader Adolf Hitler was innocent.
Another tweet suggested that a bomb has been placed at Twitter’s headquarters: “Intel is there’s a bomb at Twitter HQ”.
It also shared a link to a server on gaming chat application Discord, though the server invitation link is no longer valid.
The offensive tweets and retweets were deleted shortly after the hack without any delay. Certain Twitter accounts named in the compromised tweets and retweets appeared suspended on Friday.
The social media firm has pledged to improve the civility of interaction on the platform and as twitter continues to limit verbal abuse and hate speech, amid multiple accusations of political bias.
Due to the hacking incident, Twitter’s shares fell less than one percent in after-hours trading.