CNN anchor Anderson Cooper found himself making headlines last week when his Twitter account appeared to have said something apparently designed to bruise the US president’s ego.
Oh Really? You endorsed him you tool! Pathetic loser.
CNN and Anderson Cooper himself at first claimed that the steely-eyed grand inquisitor’s account may have been hacked…
This morning someone gained access to the handle @andersoncooper and replied to POTUS. We’re working with Twitter to secure the account.
— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) December 13, 2017
… but inevitably some jumped to the conclusion that perhaps Anderson Cooper had impulsively sent the tweet.
Looking back through Cooper’s old tweets, I think that’s unlikely and it doesn’t fit with his other communications.
Of course, it’s always possible that Anderson Cooper has more than one Twitter account - one for professional work, and another where he chills and anonymously takes drunken potshots at public figures.
Or *maybe* Anderson Cooper isn’t the only person who uses his Twitter account. After all, with almost 10 million followers that account is going to have a value to CNN’s marketing department - and it might be a bit much to ask one of your stars to tweet promotions for upcoming shows.
Sure enough, a CNN investigation confirmed that Anderson Cooper does have an assistant who has access to the @andersoncooper Twitter account:
Geolocation tools confirm that the tweet in question was not sent from Anderson Cooper’s phone. Anderson was in Washington, and we have proof the tweet was sent from New York, from a phone belonging to his assistant. His assistant inadvertently left his phone unlocked and unattended at the gym early this morning, and someone took the phone and sent the tweet. His assistant, who has worked with Anderson for more than a decade, is the only other person with access to Anderson’s Twitter account.
So, it wasn’t Anderson Cooper. It wasn’t even Anderson’s assistant. It was a phantom gym monkey who stumbled across Anderson Cooper’s assistant’s smartphone and rather than do anything either a) funnier or b) more malicious, chose just to send a single tweet to the US President.
Right… that sounds most likely.
Lock your phones folks, and be careful about who you grant access to your Twitter account.