Anthony Noto -- the chief financial officer for Twitter, the executive largely responsible for reversing the company's rocky reception on Wall Street -- has had a hard time with his Twitter account.
On Tuesday afternoon, his handle, @AnthonyNoto, began to send out a rapid series of tweets to followers linking to spam websites. In November, the executive, formerly of Goldman Sachs and the NFL, released a missive, intended as a direct message, about a company Twitter was eyeing for acquisition. "I have a plan," Mr. Noto wrote, before promptly deleting the message.
Twitter is struggling to gain new active users, adding only four million last quarter. The company has introduced a wave of features to ease internet users onto the service, which is often considered unintuitive. Earlier on Thursday, the account for the publication Newsweek was also reportedly hacked by a group using the hashtag "Cyber Caliphate."
Within an hour, the presumably erroneous tweets from Mr. Noto were removed. Representatives from Twitter did not return requests for comment.