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This article came up in my news feed and I immediately called shenanigans on it: White House Press Secretary, Sean Spicer Just Tweeted Something That Looks an Awful Lot Like a Password

Recently, Sean Spicer has been the butt of internet jokes, memes and general internet scorn, and even scepticism on this site so this feels like more of the same.

The articles claims Sean Spicer tweeted (something that looks like) his twitter password, but then deleted the tweets. After seeing the alleged tweets, they look like passwords - both 8 characters, combination of letters and numbers.

Did Sean Spicer tweet those 8 character strings?

For security/legal reasons I'm not asking the are/were passwords. Or for which service. The article also says "don’t try to access Sean Spicer’s Twitter". And I agree.

  • "The president is tweeting!" – Andrew Grimm Feb 3 at 5:36
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The White House acknowledged that the tweets were made, calling them "pocket tweets."

As for their content, WaPo speculates that they're two-factor authentication codes which he sent back to the SMS number that Twitter uses, rather than entering into the device he was using to log in.

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    I freely admit I've almost done something similar on occasion, when I wasn't watching whether my IM window or my authenticator window had focus. It's still embarassing when it happens. – Shadur Jan 27 '17 at 16:14
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    Twitter's SMS two-factor authentication codes are six numeric (0-9) digits. So it doesn't look like one of those. – Markus Schober Feb 7 '17 at 22:27

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