After Hawaii Missile Alert Goof, a Password Problem

Gov. David Ige forgot his Twitter password, delaying his tweet until 8:24am
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 23, 2018 6:03 AM CST
After Hawaii Missile Alert Goof, a Password Problem
Hawaii Gov. David Ige delivers his annual State of the State address in Honolulu on Monday, Jan. 22, 2018. Ige voiced his opposition to Trump administration policies but didn't mention a missile alert mistakenly sent to residents and visitors statewide a week ago.   (AP Photo/Jennifer Sinco Kelleher)

(Newser) – It happens to the best of us: a total inability to remember a password when we need it most. Hawaii Gov. David Ige apparently found himself in that situation in the aftermath of the false ballistic missile alert that was sent out on Jan. 13. Ige was on Monday asked by reporters about the delays in the timeline after having avoided the topic in his State of the State address. His office was informed the alert was false at 8:09am, just two minutes after it had gone out, but Ige didn't tweet that "there is NO missile threat" for another 15 minutes.

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The Star-Advertiser quotes his explanation for the holdup: "I have to confess that I don't know my Twitter account log-ons and the passwords, so certainly that's one of the changes that I've made. I've been putting that on my phone so that we can access the social media directly." The Washington Post notes Ige waited 23 minutes to post to Facebook, though he didn't say whether there was a password issue there. (It wasn't the only password problem related to the incident.)

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