Hawaii's governor knew the missile alert was fake in two minutes — but he didn't know his Twitter password

Key Points
  • Hawaii's Gov. David Ige knew within two minutes the missile alert sent Jan. 13 was a false alarm.
  • But Ige did not know his Twitter login information to issue the "all clear."
  • Ige did not send a tweet until 17 minutes after the alarm went out.

Hawaii Gov. David Ige says he was told within two minutes that the Jan. 13 missile alert sent was a false alarm, but the "all clear" was delayed because he didn't know his Twitter password.

Ige told reporters on Monday that the reason his Twitter account was silent for 17 minutes after the alarm went out was because he didn't know his login information, the Honolulu Star Advertiser reported.

"I have to confess that I don't know my Twitter account log-ons and the passwords, so certainly that's one of the changes that I've made," Ige said.

@GovHawaii: There is NO missile threat.

Hawaiians were sent into a panic when human error caused the ballistic missile alert to be sent out across the islands. The state and the U.S. Pacific Command did not issue an official correction for 38 minutes.

Ige's communications staff members manage his social media accounts. Ige spokeswoman Cindy McMillan has said the governor had to track her down to prepare a message for the public before they could post anything, The Associated Press reports.

Read the full story in the Honolulu Star Advertiser here.