‘No sign of account compromise’ on Maxine Waters account

  • California Rep. Maxine Waters in a tweet Tuesday morning claimed her account had been “hacked”.
  • But Twitter told Insider there were no “signs of compromise on the account” on Waters’ account.
  • In the tweet, Waters said she knew who was responsible and claimed she would “take care of” it.

California Representative Maxine Waters created confusion late Tuesday morning when she claimed that her Twitter account had been hacked and deleted despite the fact that she used it to send the message.

“I have been hacked and my Twitter account has been deleted,” she wrote. “I know who did this. I will take care of this,” she added at 11:55 a.m. and signed it “M. Waters.”

Waters has two Twitter accounts, as is typical of congressmen. An account, @RepMaxineWaters, is her official account as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Her second report, @MaxineWaters, is used as a personal and promotional account.

No account appeared to have been deleted, as Waters claimed. Besides the tweet Tuesday morning, Waters last tweeted from her official account on Monday. She has not used her personal account since the end of June.

Waters representatives did not return Insider’s request for comment Tuesday.

A Twitter spokesman told Insider it could not comment on Waters’ tweet specifically.

“We cannot comment on the tweet, but by default we have open lines of communication with her office and have worked with them to ensure the account is secure,” the spokesman said. “At this time, we have not found any sign of compromise.”

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 last 24 hours. It is unclear whether her tweet on Tuesday referred to any of these deleted retweets.

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