Twitter has cast doubt on U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters’ claim that her still-active account on the platform was hacked and erased, an allegation that has prompted widespread “comedy gold” ridicule on social media.
On Tuesday, in what seems to be a logical disconnect as it were, the radical California Democrat wrote to her 1.6 million followers from her verified, official Twitter account that “I have been hacked and my Twitter account has been erased. I know who has done this. I will take care of this. M Waters.” There has been no follow-up messaging since then, and thus far, it does not appear that any tweets were deleted in bulk.
In a situation that perhaps gives a new meaning to the term political hack, there appear to be no messages currently on the feed that have the hallmarks of hacking or tampering, i.e., they all seem consistent with Waters’ liberal/progressive philosophy. And, obviously, Waters was able to transmit the notification from the account itself.
The Reuters news agency checked in with a Twitter spokesperson who, while declining to comment on the tweet itself, said “as is standard, we have open lines of communication with [Waters’] office and have worked with them to ensure the account is secure. At this time, we’ve identified no signs of account compromise.”
Waters, 83, who represents a Los Angeles-area district and has served in Congress for 30 years, has not responded to follow-up inquiries from Reuters or apparently from other media outlets.
I have been hacked and my Twitter account has been erased. I know who has done this. I will take care of this. M Waters.
— Maxine Waters (@RepMaxineWaters) October 12, 2021
“According to ProPublica’s Politwoops project, which tracks deleted tweets from members of Congress, Waters deleted six retweeted tweets shortly after sharing them within the past 24 hours. It’s unclear if her tweet Tuesday referenced any of those deleted retweets.” Business Insider explained
The obsessively anti-Trump congresswoman who chairs the Financial Services Committee in the U.S. House has made all sorts of allegations, without evidence, during her career, most recently about the treatment of Haitian migrants.
‘Pissed’ Maxine Waters pushes rhetoric limit, claims untrue Haitian whippings ‘worse’ than slavery https://t.co/1MwIdrH9So pic.twitter.com/74qtkgxK2i
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) September 23, 2021
Waters’ reelection campaign account is also still up, although it is not currently active, with the most recent tweet dated June 29. It’s not clear if Waters might be referring to a third account.
In the meantime, Twitter users are weighing in on the hacking allegation from the apparently technology-challenged lawmaker. Here is a sampling:
She just got confused. She meant her tinder account.
— Hoggel (@EyeSprayFairies) October 12, 2021
Don’t worry Maxine. Brandon will fix it. Let’s Go Brandon!
— MK Kurtz (@MKKurtz1) October 12, 2021
But you’re tweeting. 🤣
— Kambree (@KamVTV) October 12, 2021
Nothing was erased you stupid boomer
— Raheem J. Kassam (@RaheemKassam) October 12, 2021
he wasn’t wrong folks pic.twitter.com/uqQ6ZNsB4k
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) October 12, 2021
@JoyAnnReid might be able to help! She has experience with time traveling hackers and has presumably been working with the FBI for years now trying to catch the culprits who hacked her! Any update on the investigation Joy?
— Brooks Thornton (@Mem10Brooks) October 12, 2021
How come @Twitter hasn’t flagged this post for being false or misleading? Inciting violence even? pic.twitter.com/Vj8OZFQymv
— Jeffrey (@jstmejeff) October 13, 2021
Sounds like none of the above is accurate. 1. You’re in the account. 2. The account is live. 3. Really? You know who did it? 4. See point 1.
— M͓̽anny (@mannysats) October 12, 2021
Don’t worry Mad Max-
They’re just “reclaiming their time”
You do that all the time lol pic.twitter.com/16YSaAuk40
— 🇺🇸 MrsCaliBlonde™ (@CaliBlondeLady) October 13, 2021
These are the people “running” our country.
— Jon Nicosia (@NewsPolitics) October 12, 2021
Luckily you signed off your post with your name. We wouldn’t have known who tweeted…
— El Crabbito (@elcrabbito) October 12, 2021
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