The Twitter Emergency Broadcast System

Twitter can do some wonderful things, but let’s all try to work a little harder to try to keep it from starting a nuclear war, OK?

And that includes you, Yokohama. Apparently, this tweet from the official Twitter account of the Japanese city, announced that North Korea has launched a nuclear missile.


Mashable reports that Yokohama misfired a Tweet that it had ready to go for when North Korea actually does launch a nuclear attack, because when the nukes are on the way, you don’t want to waste the 10 seconds it would take to actually type “North Korea has launched a nuclear missile our way.”

Japan Daily Press reports the mistaken tweet was flagged when one of the account’s followers called them on the phone to tell them.