The Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) yesterday suspended its official twitter account after old tweets, claimed to be from its previous owner resurfaced.
According to the said former owner, the account was previously sold to another person, and he never expected it to become MCMC’s official twitter handle. The act of selling and buying a twitter account is a breach of Twitter’s terms of service and use.
The old tweets, dated 2014, showed not only ‘expressive tweets’, but also featured a lot of vulgar words.
MCMC later deleted the account, and issued a statement to claim that their account has been compromised or hacked by irresponsible individuals.
However, it is worth noting that I feel old tweets aren’t exactly considered ‘hacked’ if one does not address it immediately.
It is my opinion that this is a mere case of the admin of the account at that time, forgetting to delete the old tweets which somewhat had resurfaced recently.
It is therefore hoped that government agencies would be more careful when opening social media accounts in the future.