An unintelligible tweet was sent out by the U.S. Strategic Command (Stratcom) Twitter account on Sunday night that left followers concerned and confused, the Daily Dot reported.
A small child accidentally tweeted “;l;;gmlxzssaw” on the Stratcom account, causing widespread confusion, according to the Daily Dot. After about thirty minutes, the accidental tweet was deleted and followers were asked to disregard the tweet. However, the message was retweeted 11,000 times prior to deletion, according to The Hill.
Filed a FOIA request with U.S. Strategic Command to see if I could learn anything about their gibberish tweet yesterday.
Turns out their Twitter manager left his computer unattended, resulting in his “very young child” commandeering the keyboard. pic.twitter.com/KR07PCyCUM
— Mikael Thalen (@MikaelThalen) March 29, 2021
Stratcom emphasized the account was not hacked but rather the Twitter account’s manager left his computer unattended and his child accidentally sent the tweet, according to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed by The Daily Dot. (RELATED: US Strategic Command Tweets Then Deletes Joke About Dropping Bombs To Ring In 2019)
“The Command’s Twitter manager, while in a telework status, momentarily left the Command’s Twitter account open and unattended,” the response to the FOIA request said. “His very young child took advantage of the situation and started playing with the keys and unfortunately, and unknowingly, posted the tweet.”
Many Twitter users mocked Stratcom for the error.
“Tragedy today as a cat walked across the keyboard at USSTRATCOM, launching nuclear missiles against Tunisia”.
— Ragnar (@ragnarxiv) March 29, 2021
USSTRATCOM obviously hit Monday before the rest of us and without Coffee.. https://t.co/64WjuzpA2k
— Tony P-K (@BongoThePongo) March 29, 2021
Good to see USSTRATCOM is in qualified hands pic.twitter.com/qHTYnqdzRK
— Pop Copy (@urbanmeyerlives) March 29, 2021
there are a few people who seem to think the usstratcom twitter account has a ‘launch nukes’ function
— asuka quantico soryu ????☠️ (@taliasturm) March 29, 2021