Jack Dorsey’s Twitter account hacked
The personal Twitter account of the social media platform’s chief executive and co-founder appeared to have been hacked on Friday.
Jack Dorsey’s account, which has 4.2m followers, began tweeting obscene ideas and hashtags, and speculated that there might be a “bomb at Twitter HQ”.
One of several racist tweets, which suggested the Nazis had been innocent, linked to a suspended Twitter account. Other tweets also linked to accounts that had been taken down for violating Twitter’s rules. The individual or group behind the hack was not immediately clear.
In the past few weeks accounts belonging to several prominent YouTubers have also been hacked and similarly flooded with racist tweets.
Social media platforms have come under increasing pressure from politicians, regulators and the public to remove far-right and other extremist accounts. In the US and elsewhere, Mr Dorsey and other social media executives have been grilled by authorities about how their platforms enable the proliferation of bots and hate speech.
These concerns were thrown into sharp relief following the 2016 US election, when it emerged that Russian-sponsored accounts had used platforms including Facebook and Twitter to influence the result.
US president Donald Trump has personally accused Twitter of being biased in favour of “liberals”, and of unfairly removing those with conservative sympathies while being lenient to those on the political left.
The series of tweets on Friday was posted on Mr Dorsey’s account in the space of around half an hour, and remained visible at the time of writing.
The company tweeted to say it was aware Mr Dorsey’s account had been “compromised” and was investigating.