A young child inadvertently sparked confusion over the weekend by posting an unintelligible tweet to the official account of US Strategic Command.

By Lia Eustachewich

The agency is responsible for safeguarding America’s nuclear weapons.

Some social-media users feared the account may have been hacked.

Gen. Curtis E. LeMay Building, U.S. Strategic Command Headquarters
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.Public Domain

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.

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.

A screen capture shows a tweet released by the US Strategic Command.
Twitter

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.”

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