A young child inadvertently sparked confusion over the weekend by posting an unintelligible tweet to the official account of US Strategic Command.
The agency is responsible for safeguarding America’s nuclear weapons.
Some social-media users feared the account may have been hacked.
But it has since been revealed a young member of the account’s social-media manager’s family was responsible for posting the tweet, “;l;;gmlxzssaw”, which was then deleted within minutes.
Strategic Command is responsible for all American nuclear war-fighting forces — leading some Twitter denizens to joke that the agency accidentally tweeted out the nuclear launch code.
Filed a FOIA request with U.S. Strategic Command to see if I could learn anything about their gibberish tweet yesterday.— Mikael Thalen (@MikaelThalen) March 29, 2021
Turns out their Twitter manager left his computer unattended, resulting in his “very young child” commandeering the keyboard. pic.twitter.com/KR07PCyCUM
Others cracked that a cat walked across the keyboard.
The unintelligible tweet also circulated among the QAnon crowd, with some believing it was secret message.
The gibberish was deleted shortly after, with the red-faced agency issuing another tweet, “Apologizes [sic] for any confusion. Please disregard this post.”
“The Command’s Twitter manager, while in telework status, momentarily left the Command’s Twitter account open and unattended,” the statement to the outlet said. “His very young child took advantage of the situation and started playing with the keys and unfortunately, and unknowingly, posted the tweet.”
It added, “Absolutely nothing nefarious occurred, i.e., no hacking of our Twitter account. The post was discovered and notice to delete it occurred telephonically.”