Here is one of the top political social media gaffes of recent times.
Last night, people who thought they were following Congressman Steny Hoyer on Twitter, were shocked at some of the inflammatory tweets that were coming from his feed during the State of the Union speech.
Apparently it wasn’t him and he wasn’t really hacked. Someone just made a pretty seriously stupid social media decision recently on his behalf.
ZDnet breaks down the whole situation, but here are the basics according to their report:
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- Hoyer had the Twitter handle, LeaderHoyer, while he was House Minority Leader.
- When the Republicans took over the House in January, he changed his Twitter name to WhipHoyer to reflect his new title.
- Whomever was controlling his social media efforts, apparently let LeaderHoyer go without considering the ramifications.
- Naturally, a prankster snatched up LeaderHoyer as soon as it became available. Thus, the tweets were coming from someone that ‘legitimately’ signed up for LeaderHoyer.
Somewhere in the Beltway, there is one very embarrassed ‘Social Media Guru’ today.
Note: There is no link to LeaderHoyer because Twitter has suspended the account.