Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey's account hacked

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey's account hacked
© Greg Nash

Twitter said that its CEO Jack Dorsey's account was hacked Friday afternoon as his page began posting a stream of racist and vile messages.

"We're aware that @jack was compromised and investigating what happened," an official Twitter corporate account tweeted.

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The messages were all deleted within an hour of being posted.

Dorsey's account on Friday afternoon began posting racial slurs and other odd messages. He retweeted one user who wrote, "nazi germany did nothing wrong."

"Follow @taytaylov3r or Twitter hq is blowing up," read another of the tweets posted on Friday.

Dorsey has more than 4.2 million followers.

Twitter tweeted later Friday afternoon that Dorsey's account "is now secure," and that there is no indication its internal systems were breached. The company later added that "the phone number associated with the account was compromised due to a security oversight."

It's unclear how the account could have been compromised. Twitter often encourages users to enable two-factor authentication to prevent unauthorized logins.

—Updated at 8:41 p.m.