Maxine Waters Says Her Twitter Was Hacked. Twitter Says It Wasn't

Twitter said it has not found any signs that California Representative Maxine Waters had been hacked despite her claims.

Waters, who has represented California's 43rd congressional district for 20 years, was mocked on social media after tweeting that her account had been hacked and deleted, despite the claim coming from her own verified profile.

Waters' other Twitter account used for her reelection campaign also did not appear to have been hacked and is still active, although hasn't been updated since June.

"I have been hacked and my Twitter account has been erased," Waters tweeted on Tuesday. "I know who has done this. I will take care of this. M Waters."

In a statement, a Twitter spokesperson told Newsweek: "We can't comment on the Tweet, but, as is standard, we have open lines of communication with her office and have worked with them to ensure the account is secure. At this time, we've identified no signs of account compromise."

It is unclear what the apparent hack was that Waters was alleging. According to ProPublica's Politwoops, which tracks when public officials' delete tweets, a number of retweets from other accounts were removed from Waters' profile on Monday, one day before she sent the tweet about her account being erased.

I have been hacked and my Twitter account has been erased. I know who has done this. I will take care of this. M Waters.

— Maxine Waters (@RepMaxineWaters) October 12, 2021

A number of people poked fun at Waters' original tweet over the confusion on Twitter.

"These are the people who will save us from Big Tech, apparently," reporter Drew Holden tweeted.

The official account for right-wing talk show host Wayne Dupree's show tweeted: "'...my Twitter account has been erased...' and yet you're tweeting from it with all your past tweets in tow. That's comedy gold."

Omar Navarro, a Republican who is once again running against Waters in California's 43rd congressional after failing to unseat her on three previous occasions, tweeted: "Are you f*****g nuts Maxine. Clearly you are tweeting and your account is active."

Politico reporter Sam Stein added: "The account is definitely not erased. But i'm here for the Maxine Waters twitter revenge tour."

Conservative group ForAmerica suggested the 83-year-old's tweet is evidence for a need for term limits for Congress.

Others also made reference to Liam Neeson's revenge movie franchise Taken, after Waters claimed she would "take care" of the situation involving her account.

"This is some *real* Liam Neeson energy tbh," tweeted The Washington Post reporter Tony Romm.

Stephen Gutowski, founder of The Reload, an independent website focusing on firearms policy and politics, simply tweeted: "Taken 6."

Waters' office has been contacted for further comment.

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Representative and Committee Chair Maxine Waters, a Democrat from California, speaks during the House Oversight And Government Reform Committee hearings on oversight of the Treasury Department's and Federal Reserve's Pandemic Response, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., September 30, 2021 AL DRAGO/POOL/AFP/Getty Images