By Lorie Hailey
The @AP account tweet read: “Breaking: Two Explosions in the White House and Barack Obama is injured.”
The message spread quickly, and many Twitter users questioned whether the AP account had been hacked. The stock market reacted quickly; the Dow Jones Industrial Average took a big dip, about 120 points.
Minutes later, the Associated Press’ corporate communications Twitter account said the tweet was fake.
The tweet from @AP_CorpComm said: “That is a bogus @AP tweet.”
Later, the AP released a wire statement about the tweet: “The tweet about an attack at the White House is false. We will advise more as soon as possible.”
CBS News Twitter accounts also were hacked last week. The Syrian Electronic Army reportedly was responsible, according to the Huffington Post.
The AP’s Twitter account is temporarily suspended.