Twitter says CEO account hacked after series of erratic tweets

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Aug 31 2019 05:28 AM

Twitter says CEO account hacked after series of erratic tweets 1
A message from the Twitter communications department confirming the hacking of co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey's Twitter account and his postings is seen on a mobile phone held in front of Dorsey's twitter feed displayed on a computer screen in this photo illustration taken in Washington, US on Aug. 30, 2019. Jim Bourg, Reuters

SAN FRANCISCO, United States—Twitter said Friday the account of chief executive Jack Dorsey had been "compromised" after a series of erratic and offensive messages were posted.

The tweets containing racial slurs and suggestions about a bomb showed up around 20:00 GMT on the @jack account of the founder of the short messaging service.

"We're aware that @jack was compromised and investigating what happened," a Twitter spokesperson said.

Some of the tweets contained the hashtag #ChucklingSquad, which was believed to indicate the identity of the hacker group.

The news comes with Dorsey and Twitter moving aggressively to clean up offensive and inappropriate content as part of a focus on "safety."