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Didn't know my Twitter password: Guv on delayed Hawaii missile alert

Didn't know my Twitter password: Guv on delayed Hawaii missile alert Didn't know my Twitter password: Guv on delayed Hawaii missile alert
Russell Knight | 24 January, 2018, 09:57

Lawmakers held their hearing almost a week after a state employee caused widespread panic and confusion by mistakenly sending an emergency alert to mobile devices and TV and radio stations warning of an incoming missile strike.

The retraction of the alarm might have come earlier though...

His Facebook account also did not post the crucial correction for 23 minutes after the initial mistaken alert, but he did not say whether he had forgotten his password to that account.

Ige's communications staff members manage his social media accounts, as is the case with many politicians.

"I know firsthand how today's false notification affected all of us here in Hawai'i, and I am sorry for the pain and confusion it caused", the note continued.

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"I was in the process of making calls to the leadership team both in Hawaii Emergency Management as well as others", Ige stated, adding.

The state relayed word on social media about the false report 15 minutes after the false alert.

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Now we know the explanation: Gov. David Ige didn't know his Twitter password. It took the agency more than half an hour to issue its own retraction to the public, in the form of a second text alert.

McMillan did not respond to two specific inquires from BuzzFeed News asking whether the governor knows his password now.

The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency issued an alert about a missile threat to Hawaii at 8:07 a.m. on January 13, pushing an urgent message out to cell phones across the state and inciting widespread pandemonium. Rapoza previously said the mistake occurred during a shift-change drill at the emergency command post when "someone clicked the wrong thing on the computer".

Mr Ige has stressed that steps have now been taken to ensure there will be no repeat of the incident.

People huddled in hotel basements, crawled under tables, raced from beaches and took shelter in military hangars when the alert hit phones.

The state has been preparing for a nuclear missile attack from North Korea since a year ago when tensions between President Donald Trump and leader Kim Jong-un escalated.

Hawaii began testing its nuclear warning system in December, CNN reported.

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