Another indication that you shouldn’t believe everything you read online: Shortly after 1 p.m. ET, the Associated Press’s official Twitter account sent out a message indicating that two explosions in the White House had injured President Obama.
Though the tweet quickly began circulating, it was a fake; as the AP’s media relations team wrote on its own account five minutes later, “That is a bogus AP tweet.” The AP also posted the following message on its official Facebook page: “The Associated Press Twitter account (@AP) has been hacked. Please do not respond to news posted there in the last 20 minutes.”
The hack comes just three days after the Twitter feeds for CBS’s 60 Minutes and 48 Hours were similarly compromised. On Saturday, a hacker or hackers posed messages on both accounts saying that President Barack Obama was “shamelessly in bed with Al-Qaeda.”