NOM Facebook & Twitter Account Hacked!

Around 7:00 a.m. Wednesday morning, April 11, several sources reported
that both the NOM Facebook page and Twitter account posted strange
tweets that seemed to indicate a change of heart, but instead it seems
the messages were the result of a lapse in security.

According to the Advocate, Elizabeth Ray of CRC Public Relations, who
handles media inquiries for the National Organization for Marriage,
confirmed to the Advocate Magazine that NOM’s Facebook, Twitter and
blog were indeed hacked and that the group was working this morning to
restore its online content, however at this time, they seem to have
lost complete control over their Twitter account, @Nomtweets.

It was not clear at first whether or not the National Organization for
Marriage actually posted the comment on their Facebook wall that
caught the attention of prominent National Organization for Marriage
watchdog Jeremy Hooper of the GoodAsYou.org blog. The post was made
outside of normal business hours, which immediately raised questions
as to its authenticity, but as of 10:00 a.m. the post was still live,
showing the extent to which NOM had lost control of their own digital
presence.

The Facebook post read “We sincerely apologize to anyone we have
banned from this page in the past. That is why anyone who was ever
banned for simply exercising their right to free speech is now welcome
to once again engage with this page. We vow to work on how we address
our opponents in the future.”

“The details of NOM’s overtaken web properties are for the
organization, its potential in-house detractors, and its web security
team to have out,” Hooper told the Blade Wednesday morning, before the
hacking was confirmed.. “Personally, I’m focusing on the fact that I,
after several years of being banned for doing nothing more than
disagreeing with the NOM view, can participate in a fair and free
discourse on the NOM Facebook wall. Everyone, on both sides of this
so-called culture war deserves that.”

“If this is a hack and NOM responds by again banning commenters who
don’t deserve to be banned? To me, that will be lock-solid proof of
the [organization’s] desire to host a monologue, not a conversation,”
Hooper concluded.

The Facebook post, which has already generated over one hundred
comments, most quite supportive of the move, was joined by a similar
Twitter postings.
NOM’s Twitter account showed similar activity, indicating an actual
change of heart, or a rogue employee.

After posting additional tweets that confirmed the errant messages did
not originate from the organization’s leadership, the Twitter account
seemed to go completely offline. However, before 10:00 a.m. the
Twitter account reappeared, wiped completely clean of NOM’s old
content, and began tweeting pro-gay messages. Apparently the hackers
deleted the account, and an industrious LGBT activist was able to
secure control over the username before NOM could regain control.
“We were embarrassed by the truth of our racial wedge strategies being
made public.”

Though NOM is now blaming these actions on an industrious hacker, some
have wondered aloud in the blogosphere whether they could be the
result of another staff defector. In April 2011, Louis Marinelli, who
guided NOM’s social media presence to that point, abruptly turned on
the organization and deleted its Twitter and Facebook presence in the
process. He later came forward to profess he’d lost faith in the
organization and that — after meeting and having real conversations
with real same-sex couples — had come to support same-sex marriage.

At just 7:51 a.m. A new post to the NOM blog was pushed live,
attributed to Brian Brown, that implied NOM was showing contrition,
and making a shift in the tenor of public discourse.

“Friends of marriage,

“In the last couple of weeks you’ve heard some pretty bad things about
this organization. I must admit that we were angered when our in house
documents were released but we’ve since had time to reflect on the
strategies we’ve employed to divide Americans against each other on
the issue of marriage. Truth be told, marriage is about bringing
people together, not pushing them apart and that’s exactly what this
organization has been about over the past few years.

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