As of early Thursday morning Fort Bragg’s verified Twitter account has been deactivated after what the famous and sprawling US Army base in North Carolina initially said was a hack.
Just before the account was deleted (presumably temporarily), the base posted a message saying that sexually explicit messages posted Wednesday were “not the work of our admins.” The statement said, “As many of you may know, there were a string of explicit Tweets from our account this afternoon…”
Someone from Fort Bragg’s social media staff didn’t realize they were logged into the wrong account. Whoops!
(Fort Bragg has since nuked their twitter after seemingly lying about being hacked. DOUBLE WHOOPS!) pic.twitter.com/h5dGUjwiuL
— Sophia Narwitz (@SophNar0747) October 21, 2020
“Our account was hacked. We apologize to our followers,” it claimed, though many were immediately skeptical of the “hacking” narrative.
The base, which is home to the elite United States Army Special Operations Command, is one of the largest military installations in the world, hosting up to 60,000 personnel.
The Ft. Bragg account on Wednesday was interacting with a woman’s sexually explicit OnlyFans account, who appeared only too happy for the “attention” from an entire verified Army base. She later offered a 50% off military discount.
Ft. Bragg official twitter is the hero this country needs, but not the one it necessarily deserves. https://t.co/IXrMaynVAJ
— Jack Murphy (@JackMurphyRGR) October 22, 2020
Ft. Bragg’s Twitter account was deactivated Wednesday evening as a flood of media began inquiring as to what was happening, also as the whole ordeal went viral and was subject of endless jokes and mockery.
“Live look at Fort Bragg’s latest missile launch,” one social media user said mockingly.
The OnlyFans performer that Ft. Bragg was tweeting to quipped: “Someone come get their fort,” and added in a follow-up tweet, “Normalize horny tweeting from US Army forts.”
Fort Bragg is officially the horniest Army base on Twitter
(I’m sorry mom.)https://t.co/4TyEmWbtuS
— Haley Britzky (@halbritz) October 21, 2020
There was immediately widespread speculation that it wasn’t at all the result of an external “hack” – but that the base’s social media admin likely forgot to log off the official base account while thinking he was using a private Twitter account.
Indeed later in the day Thursday this appears to have been confirmed. “An administrator for the account identified himself as the source of the tweets. Appropriate action is underway. The Fort Bragg account will be restored in the coming days,” Army base spokesman Col. Joe Buccino announced.
Wait I would much rather someone at Fort Bragg be accidentally horny on main than the US military being like “oops we were hacked.” pic.twitter.com/snSN7bG6eB
— Slade (@Slade) October 21, 2020
No doubt the base public relations team has been scrambling to figure out how to explain this while taking on minimal future mockery, but that looks unavoidable at this point…
First they came for Toobin, then they came for Rudy, then they came for Fort Bragg… https://t.co/MXqvcAvPY6
— Wajahat “Wears a Mask Because of a Pandemic” Ali (@WajahatAli) October 22, 2020
— AI6YR (@ai6yrham) October 22, 2020