People in Hawaii got an emergency alert about an incoming missile that said this wasn’t a drill. Well, it was, and Twitter exploded over this massive, stunning fuck-up:
There is no missile threat. It was a false alarm based on a human error. There is nothing more important to Hawai‘i than professionalizing and fool-proofing this process.
— Brian Schatz (@brianschatz) January 13, 2018
Today’s alert was a false alarm. At a time of heightened tensions, we need to make sure all information released to the community is accurate. We need to get to the bottom of what happened and make sure it never happens again.
— Senator Mazie Hirono (@maziehirono) January 13, 2018
That is a hall-of-hame fuckup.
— Matt Pearce 🦅 (@mattdpearce) January 13, 2018
This is such a tremendous fuck up. https://t.co/j8yrjfg9L5
— Will Jordan (@williamjordann) January 13, 2018
— Nick Short (@PoliticalShort) January 13, 2018
All my military friends in Hawaii got this. All legit pissed the hell off. Someone’s ass I getting fired over this big ass mistake pic.twitter.com/ryFDDtVyLl
— Joe Biggs (@Rambobiggs) January 13, 2018
This was legitimately sent, but is NOT true. Can’t imagine what people in Hawaii who received this felt.
Someone who works for the State of Hawaii or Verizon or Apple or the Pentagon will be fired.
But what’s most terrible is that we’re at the point it could have been true. pic.twitter.com/Ud2XFi6NIB
— Philippe Reines (@PhilippeReines) January 13, 2018
Well, at least the person about to be fired in Hawaii can still relax in Hawaii.
— Joe Ruiz (@joeruiz) January 13, 2018
So this emergency alert message was sent to phones all around the hawaii area and it turned out to be “just a mistake.” To me a mistake is getting the license plate one digit off on an amber alert and quickly fixing it not a freaking ballistic missile launch alert oh my god. pic.twitter.com/cljjoSyDlQ
— RyansAverageLife (@RyanAbe) January 13, 2018
what a colossal fuck up
— Gideon Resnick (@GideonResnick) January 13, 2018
For anyone who hasn't heard, it's a false alarm. There's NO missile heading to Hawaii. Please let folks know. I hope reporters dig into this to obtain assurances that it was a mere accident & not something sinister like hacking or priming the population to support a first strike. https://t.co/1jqtQ6W4yx
— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) January 13, 2018
I had to go take my “as needed” anti-anxiety med because of that alert. I’m in Minnesota. I cannot imagine how folks in Hawaii are feeling. This is a supreme fuck up.
— Dianna E. Anderson (@diannaeanderson) January 13, 2018
SO THAT WAS A HORRIFYING TWENTY MINUTES https://t.co/5DIXMxaLrd
— Hayes Brown (@HayesBrown) January 13, 2018
Fire WHOEVER SENT THE FALSE ALARM MISSLE TEXT IN HAWAII!!! Family there now thinking they're gonna die!!!
— Ryan Tedder (@RyanTedder) January 13, 2018
How does someone accidentally send out a missile warning to Hawaii?
— Luna (@Lunaa) January 13, 2018
Somebody has some 'splainin' to do! https://t.co/H3rdEtUWvA
— Drew Griffin (@DrewGriffinCNN) January 13, 2018
Good God. How did this warning happen? https://t.co/q3eby6QwHg
— Willie Geist (@WillieGeist) January 13, 2018
This is a helluva mistake! https://t.co/7dSZFS6VpC
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) January 13, 2018
The incoming ballistic missile notification that people received in Hawaii is false. Which begs the question: was it a hack or mistake?
— Garrett Ventry (@GarrettVentry) January 13, 2018
Single most frightening thing that’s ever happened on social media https://t.co/kj0p9zmolR
— Allahpundit (@allahpundit) January 13, 2018
WT Holy Fuck is going on here? https://t.co/ZvwqHhJADx
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) January 13, 2018
Yeah, this is a tough one to say, "My bad" on… https://t.co/WE3xCJEulw
— Rod Beard (@detnewsRodBeard) January 13, 2018
How the hell does a "ballistic missile incoming, seek shelter immediately, this is not a drill" message get ACCIDENTALLY sent out? This is the rare case where an intentional hack would be more reassuring than simple human error.
— Jim Geraghty (@jimgeraghty) January 13, 2018
this missile thing – wife at hotel said total hysteria/chaos. families evacuating told to seek a shelter. crying. panic. if it's an accident, or NOT – we cannot play this down. even a prankster should be put away for years.
— GregGutfeld (@greggutfeld) January 13, 2018
FALSE ALARM, according to mayor. And now that I've reached shelter with my family, omg. Someone is getting fired.
— carla herreria (@carlalove) January 13, 2018
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