They speculate what could happen if President Donald Trump's account is compromised in a similar way. Some warn that this could lead to World War III or a nuclear war with China and Russia.
Dorsey's account told a series of anti-Semitic messages and racist lies on Friday afternoons. Twitter protected the account for about an hour and blamed the incident on "security surveillance" by a mobile phone company.
However, this did nothing to stifle fears online:
If Jack Dorsey could be hacked, someone could hack President Trump's account threatening nuclear war with Russia and China, and our opponents might believe him and they are acting on it because Trump does not necessarily have to announce the first nuclear strike on Twitter. Yikes.
̵1; Eugene Gu, Dr. (@eugenegu) August 30, 2019
What if the President's Twitter was hacked and they didn't publish jokes? If Jack's account can be hacked, they can all.https: //t.co/9b2UjZSf0D
– J. Grygiel 🏳️🌈🇺🇸 (@jmgrygiel) August 30, 2019
twitter has a lot real security questions to answer – if Jack's account can be hacked, what can I say @realDonaldTrump can't be hacked to greater effect by FAR?
– jd durkin (@jiveDurkey) August 30, 2019
All this doesn't make me feel great when Trump's Twitter account is inevitably hacked and World War III begins. Quite literally.
– M.G. Siegler (@mgsiegler) August 30, 2019
So if anyone manages to hack into @realDonaldTrump he might:
– crash the markets (and make $$ on some insider trading)
– start an international incident, maybe even war
– god knows what else.
You have a great website here, @jack .
– Laura Packard (@lpackard) August 30, 2019
People ask, "Well, if Jack gets hacked, why not Trump. "And this WH security practice is so bad that clearly yes, it can. Moreover, Trump himself is vulnerable to security. https://t.co/aUWYZK4qdd records19459003Sense— Jason Goldman (@goldman) August 30, 2019
Someone hacked the CEO of a Twitter account. Fortunately, it's not like the President of the United States has an account where he makes global policies and can destabilize markets, so the lack of platform security should not bother us too much. https://t.co/FonbleKdbF records19459003Sense— ((((Yair Rosenberg))) (@Yair_Rosenberg) August 30, 2019
Jack submitted a report and emailed back that there were no violations of Twitter's Rules.
– Charles Johnson (@Green_Footballs) August 30, 2019