They wondered what could happen if President Donald Trump's report was similarly compromised. Some warned that it could lead to World War II or nuclear war with China and Russia.
Dorsey's account showed a number of anti-Semitic messages and racist slurs Friday afternoon. Twitter secured the account within about an hour, accusing the incident of a "security oversight" by a mobile phone company.
It did nothing to quell the fear online:
If Jack Dorsey can be hacked, some could hack President Trump's report threatens nuclear war with Russia and China, and our opponents can believe it and act on it because it doesn't necessarily is out of character for Trump to announce a first nuclear attack on Twitter. Yikes.
̵1; Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) August 30, 2019
And what if the president's Twitter was hacked and they didn't make jokes? If Jack's account can be hacked, they can all.https: //t.co/9b2UjZSf0D
– J. Grygiel 🏳️🌈🇺🇸 (@jmgrygiel) August 30, 2019
twitter has very real security question to answer – if Jack's account can be hacked, what do you say @realDonaldTrump can't be hacked to FAR major consequences?
– jd durkin (@jiveDurkey) August 30, 2019
All this doesn't make me feel good when Trump's Twitter account is inevitably hacked and it starts World War II. Quite literally.
– M.G. Siegler (@mgsiegler) August 30, 2019
So if anyone succeeds in hacking @realDonaldTrump their account they could:
– crash the markets (and make $$ on some inside trading )
– start an international event, maybe even a war
– god knows what else.
Great website you came here, @jack .
– Laura Packard (@lpackard) August 30, 2019
People ask "Well if Jack gets hacked why not Trump." And this WH's security practice is so bad that it's obviously yes he can. But besides Trump himself is a security vulnerability https://t.co/aUWYZK4qddebrit19459003??— Jason Goldman (@goldman) August 30, 2019
Someone hacked the CEO of Twitter's account. Fortunately, it's not like the US president has a statement here where he creates global politics and can destabilize markets, so the lack of platform security should not bother us too much. https://t.co/FonbleKdbFebrit19459003??— ((((Yair Rosenberg)))) (@ Yair_Rosenberg) August 30, 2019
Jack sent a report back saying that there were no violations of the Twitter rules.
– Charles Johnson (@Green_Footballs) August 30, 2019