The governor still doesn't have his Twitter password (and doesn't plan to get it)

The governor still doesn't have his Twitter password (and doesn't plan to get it)

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Last month, the governor said one of the reasons it took the state 15 minutes to post about the false missile alert on social media — even though he knew after two — was because he didn't have the login information to his own Twitter account.

And that's something he planned to change, he told reporters.

But asked Tuesday whether he had direct control of his social media accounts yet, Gov. David Ige brushed off the question.

"No, I don't do Twitter in my office, so clearly I never had the password," Ige told reporters, at a news conference in which he detailed what the state planned to do to better prepare for a ballistic missile threat.

Instead, Ige said, he relies on staff to post all content — and that's a decision that could cost him in an increasingly social media-savvy world, experts say.

Ige generated national headlines last month when, in explaining the state's delay on posting about the false missile alert on social media, he said he didn't have the account login and password to his Twitter account.

"So, certainly that's one of the changes that I've made,"he said at the time. "I've been putting that on my phone so I can access the social media directly."

During a press briefing Tuesday, though, Ige appeared to be going in a different direction.

When asked whether he felt that being personally connected to his social media accounts wasn't important, he said, "I have many responsibilities that I have to do in the course of my normal day, and certainly I have not chosen to actively engage in social media."

And state officials stressed at Tuesday's news conference that it's incorrect to think that the governor and other elected officials are "primarily responsible for timely warning and notification" in times of crisis. The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency is responsible for that function, they said.

But young voters might not buy that argument, said HNN Political Analyst Colin Moore.

He said politicians today struggle with whether to use social media themselves.

And Moore said a lot of his students at the University of Hawaii have talked about this issue of social media and politics.

"They (his students) are a bit embarrassed that he couldn't remember his Twitter password," he said, adding that for older voters that might seem like a minor blemish, but for younger voters it might be an unforgivable sin.

"The fact that many people did learn that the missile attack was false from Tulsi Gabbard's Twitter account, I think only underscores how important this technology has become," he added.

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