The Directorate-General for Security and Safety (DG SAFE) of the European Parliament is assisting MEP Luke Ming Flanagan with a police investigation into the unauthorised use of his Twitter account which took place from a location in Belgium.
In a statement to Midwest News this afternoon the Independent MEP says its been established that his Twitter account had been logged into on a third party app called Tweetcaster. This app allowed an individual to tweet from his account using an old password. This app was used twice to access his Twitter account from Belgium on September 28th. The same day that an unauthorised tweet was posted and then deleted from his account. The tweet had commented about a photograph of former Mayo Green Party candidate Saoirse McHugh.
He concludes that “at the time the tweet was posted and then deleted I was in Ireland and have been since March of this year due to Covid 19 restrictions. The police have been provided with the Belgian IP address associated with the use of my account on the Tweetcaster app on that day. They are now working with me to establish the exact location and identity of the individual who has carried out this malicious act of vandalism on my good name”.