As you might have seen in our headlines package today, former Alabama offensive lineman DJ Fluker posted the following message on Twitter early this morning:
The tweet was quickly taken down but the deed was done. Half the people up after midnight — and studying Twitter? — caught it, took a screengrab of it, or retweeted it. Fluker’s agent then said his client’s Twitter feed had been hacked.
Everyone in crimson pajamas said, “Hell, yeah, it was hacked!”
Auburn fans collapsed in fits of transcendental joy.
Everyone else pretty much just scoffed at the idea that the big guy’s feed was hacked.
So just how realistic is the “I was hacked” defense? Well, Twitter is having problems with miscreants hacking into the accounts of some of the biggest companies and brands in America. So much so that Twitter is hiring new security personnel. There are also numerous smartphone apps on the market that can be used to help hack Twitter and other social media accounts. (UPDATE — The Associated Press’ Twitter feed was hacked just today.)
In other words, it’s quite possible someone could have hacked into Fluker’s account (of all people). And posted a fake tweet from him (after midnight).
His account is currently down so anyone hoping to do a writing comparison between the above post and previous Fluker tweets is out of luck.
For now, the “I was hacked” defense does hold water because it’s certainly possible for folks to waste their energies and time on such projects. But the reality is your belief in the defense put forth by Fluker’s agent will likely depend upon whether you’re a Crimson Tide fan or not.
Fluker is a potential first-round pick in this week’s NFL draft.
UPDATE – Fluker’s agent, Deryk Gilmore, has said this morning: “We know who did this. This is totally fiction, but I’m waiting to get some proof. I’ve been on the phone with Twitter.”