It was the button mash read ‘round the world. On Sunday, the official Twitter page for the US Strategic Command, the agency in charge of looking after the nation’s nuclear stockpile singlehandedly sparked concern of an impending atomic doomsday, by publishing a single “word” on their page -- “;l;;gmlxzssaw"
As citizens speculated the agency had been hacked, joked about the agency accidentally leaking the code to a nuclear armageddon …
… and QAnon, well, QAnon-ed, attempting to tie the gaffe to their irrelevant, baseless nonsense …
… the agency quickly erased the tweet, issuing an apology.
Even with their swift response, questions still remained about the intricacies of the snafu. As such, the Daily Dot's Mikael Thalen took it upon himself to investigate the matter, FOIA-ing (or requesting the government give him access to public information) the agency in an attempt to learn more about what happened. Yet seemingly to the disappointment of QAnon-ers and anarchists looking to launch the entire U.S. nuclear arsenal, Thalen found the instance at hand was more of an atomic take on BBC Dad than a potentially doomsday-inciting hack or a baseless government-wide conspiracy.
“The Command’s Twitter manager, while in a telework status, momentarily left the Command’s Twitter account open and unattended,” the agency reportedly told Thalen. “His very young child took advantage of the situation and started playing with the keys and unfortunately, and unknowingly, posted the tweet."
In a further attempt to dissuade skeptics, they reiterated that there was no foul play at hand. “Absolutely nothing nefarious occurred, i.e., no hacking of our Twitter account,” the statement continued. “The post was discovered and notice to delete it occurred telephonically.”
So folks, here's to hoping the U.S. nuclear codes are more secure than their Twitter account – and if not, I'll catch you all in World War III, as started by a toddler with too much screen time.