Whoever controls the official Twitter account for the city of Yokohama is going to be seriously reprimanded, if not fired, after a post was accidentally made on Wednesday afternoon that North Korea had launched its latest missile. The tweet was made just before noon, and was able to be seen by the @yokohama_saigai account’s some 40,000 followers for roughly 20 minutes.
While the message has obviously been deleted at this point due to the information being incorrect, the Twitter post simply announced that “North Korea has launched a missile.” There were also blank spaces included where the exact time of the launch was supposed to have been written, indicating that the tweet was most likely meant to be saved as a draft for when the Pyongyang government does give its order to fire. A Yokohama official said that they realized their mistake when one of their followers called them up and told them, adding that the message was meant to be ready and waiting, but not actually posted.
The city, located south of Tokyo, quickly posted an apology to its followers after retracting the tweet. It’s not clear how many times the message was re-tweeted, or shared and reposted, by readers, but with the account having such a high number of followers, and Twitter being so popular in Japan, it’s surprising that there wasn’t a somewhat rapid spreading of the incorrect information across the country’s social networks.
[via ABC News]