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US Strategic Command posts gibberish Tweet

April 5, 2021 | Comment icon 7 comments

Even US Strategic Command can make a mistake on Twiiter. Image Credit: US Navy
Social media users were left perplexed last week when the US StratCom account published a bizarre message.
One of the eleven unified combatant commands in the United States Department of Defense, the US Strategic Command is responsible for everything from strategic deterrence to nuclear operations.

This would imply, therefore, that everything it publishes should be meaningful and accurate.

All the stranger, then, that the official Twitter account ( @US_Stratcom ) put out a very bizarre message on March 28th which read simply ";l;;gmlxzssaw."

So was this intended as some sort of coded message or did someone lean on the keyboard ?

While many users scrambled to figure out if there was some hidden meaning behind the message, journalist Mikael Thalen decided to file a Freedom of Information request.
Received a mere four hours later, the response read:

"The explanation of the tweet is as follows: The Command's Twitter manager, while in a telework status, momentarily left the Command's Twitter account open and unattended.

His very young child took advantage of the situation and started playing with the keys and unfortunately, and unknowingly, posted the tweet. Absolutely nothing nefarious occurred, i.e., no hacking of our Twitter account.

The post was discovered and notice to delete it occurred telephonically."

Source: Huffington Post | Comments (7)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by HandsomeGorilla 1 year ago
I literally do this all the time. I'm required to be on call 24/7, so I keep my phone right next to me while I sleep so I can hear or feel it  I've sent texts like this a few times, what's even weirder is when they're actual words strung together and not random symbols. I've sent voice texts of me lightly snoring to people. Racy, unintended pictures, as well. Sent one to my boss once When I wake up and the first notifications are '?!?!' or 'wtf', I already know what happened 
Comment icon #2 Posted by Eldorado 1 year ago
The cleaner gave an office keyboard a wipe?
Comment icon #3 Posted by Jon the frog 1 year ago
''xzssaw'' parts look like a gamer who forgot his chat channel when trying to shot the bad guys, lol !
Comment icon #4 Posted by Robotic Jew 1 year ago
In unrelated news The US Strategic Command is now hiring for the position of Twitter Handler...
Comment icon #5 Posted by Poncho_Peanatus 1 year ago
Comment icon #6 Posted by GoldenRabbit 1 year ago
Must be slow news day.
Comment icon #7 Posted by psyche101 1 year ago
It's a covefe code. Trumps back on Twitter........  

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