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Unattended child sends gibberish tweet from US nuclear agency account

By Bim Santos Published Apr 01, 2021 5:50 pm

A string of mysterious letters sent out by the Twitter account of the government agency responsible for safeguarding America’s nuclear weapons were not nuclear launch codes but just childish gibberish.

The account was also not hacked, as some social media users initially thought after seeing the  tweet “;l;;gmlxzssaw.”

As it turns out, a “very young child” inadvertently tweeted the enigmatic message after being left unattended by the account’s social media manager.

The tweet was immediately deleted within minutes.

Journalist Mikael Thalen found out the real story after he filed a Freedom of Information request to the agency.

“The command’s Twitter manager... momentarily left the command’s Twitter account open and unattended,” the response said, adding he had been working from home.

“His very young child took advantage of the situation and started playing with the keys and unfortunately, and unknowingly, posted the tweet,” it said.

“Absolutely nothing nefarious occured, ie., no hacking of our Twitter account. The post was discovered and notice to delete it occurred telephonically,” the reply further said.