The sharing of a U.S. senator’s tweet on the Pineville Fire Department’s Twitter page that called for the IRS to be abolished was likely the result of the account being hacked, a department official said Monday.
The department has “taken steps” to regain control of the account and get the tweet down, Assistant Chief Jeff Long told The Charlotte Observer.
“It’s our official account,” he said, “but not an official stance of the department.”
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“A couple of people have access” to the account, Long said when asked who manages the page, but the department has not determined how the hack might have happened.
The department has received multiple calls from the public questioning the post, Long said.
Pineville Town Manager Ryan Spitzer, in an email to the Observer, said the fire department is an independent, volunteer organization.
“As such we do not have access or influence over their social media accounts,” he said.