April 23rd, 2013
01:56 PM ET
10 years ago

A false tweet heard around the web

(CNN) – A tweet by the nation’s largest newswire about a catastrophe at the White House was nearly immediately shot down as false on Tuesday.

The Associated Press message read, "Breaking: Two Explosions in the White House and Barack Obama is injured."

The group Syrian Electronic Army, behind previous hacks of the BBC and CBS News, claimed responsibility for the false message on its website.

While some took the post seriously, other Twitter users seemed to recognize the message as false almost immediately. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped sharply on the news however, though quickly regained its losses when the report was deemed false.

At the daily White House briefing, Press Secretary Jay Carney noted the president was fine.

"I was just with him," Carney added.

The AP's White House Correspondent Julie Pace also noted the tweet was the result of a hacked account.

"It appears as though AP's Twitter account has been hacked, so anything that was just sent out about any incident at the White House is obviously false," she said.

The official AP Twitter account, @AP, was listed as "suspended" on the social media site soon after the erroneous Tweet was sent.

Multiple news organizations and reporters have dealt with hackers on Twitter in the past, including CBS News earlier this week.

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soundoff (99 Responses)
  1. Atheistically Yours

    Crap like this should slow the steroid-acting news cycle down! The fact that a media source has been hacked by a source of terrorism, shows that they can't even control THEIR OWN source of "media outlet"! PATHETIC!

    April 23, 2013 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  2. ThinkAgain

    @Truth: "We should ALL know that this report was completely false based on the fact that he would have to actually be at the White House working and not on the golf course. Since we know he doesn't work, he could not therefore be at the White House..."

    You always have been and always will be jealous that President Obama can watch TV and eat a pretzel without choking .. that he doesn't run off to his ranch in Texas to cut brush (he took a total of 1,020 days during his 8-year presidency). He even took the longest vacation (5 weeks) of any president in the preceding 36 years.

    In a nutshell, GW Bush spent 32% of his presidency on vacation.

    As of January 2013: President Obama has taken all or part of 83 vacation days (source=CBS News) At that rate, President Obama will be on par to take about 168 vacation days during his eight-year tenure.

    Just thought I throw a few FACTS into the mix ...

    April 23, 2013 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    @Dumbo: "So why hasn't Obama come out to say he's okay instead of Jay Carney. I smell a cover up. They must have messed up their false flag operation."
    And if President Obama HAD come out, you'd be complaining he was wasting his time dealing with the press ...
    Nah, they'd still claim it was flase flag or something...they'd jsut claim it was so he could have another photo op since that's how it turned out. See how that works? Tinfoil hats are some crazy shyte...

    April 23, 2013 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  4. or it could have been...

    maybe crazy joe was showing obama his shot gun on the back porch???

    April 23, 2013 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  5. iceload9

    Anybody who reacts to a tweet without confirming it, gets what they deserve.

    April 23, 2013 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  6. Linda

    I'm so depressed knowing this is false!

    April 23, 2013 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  7. Name willard

    I said mocked out of jay carney that the trail is underway for a former democratic office and a board of election worker who are accused of begein part of a plot that has raised question over whether presdient obama campagain when he was a canidate in 2008
    Sumbmitted enough legit made signature to have legally quailefied for the president primary ballot
    That is all frauad

    April 23, 2013 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  8. Walleye46

    Our President has soon too much horror in the last 5 years. Any wonder why the people in the White House age so quickly. I would not want their troubles ( and of the world ) on my shoulders. All things considered, I think Obama will be remembered as one of the better presidents we have had. He is compassionate, caring and forgiving. Qualities everyone should have.

    April 23, 2013 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  9. Peter

    The Dow Jones dropped as a result of this?! This is the world we live in? If the markets are that sensitive, we need to change something. If there is ever a hoax like this that does not go resolved and the markets drop because of it, that could have serious repercussions. Because we put so much faith on our corrupt capitalist markets, we can't have them be this susceptible to jokes.

    April 23, 2013 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  10. paulhsimon

    Lovely comment, Linda. We wish good health to you as well.

    April 23, 2013 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  11. just sayin

    Apparently, CNN doesn't like people pointing out that all the"he was golfing" and other nonense is easly via Obama's online daily itinerary, which shows he was at the WH all godd-mn day doing what POTUSes do....meetings, briefings, etc.
    don't forget celebrity awards, basketball, skeet shooting (could explain the sound) and likely a late afternoon nappy.

    April 23, 2013 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  12. MJH

    When fake news comes out of AP, its because theyve been hacked.
    When fake news comes out of Faux Newz, its because they're putting out news.

    April 23, 2013 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  13. russ

    To Walleye46,

    It's refreshing to hear someone who is willing to take a 'contrarian' point of view. So many people throw out criticism so freely without facts that it is nice to hear from a rational person who recognizes the 'humanness' of our president – his compassion, care and forgiveness. I would agree that, years from now, Obama will be considered one of the better presidents of our time. He sure came into office with a mess on his hands from the previous eight years – just the debt alone from the cost of war has our president and congress somewhat 'overmatched'.

    April 23, 2013 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  14. Ferret out the BS

    Amazing that one false report can cause considerable turmoil in the international money markets and currency exchanges. We are too focused on news and media but it is good that it was false.

    April 23, 2013 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  15. just sayin

    He sure came into office with a mess on his hands from the previous eight years

    and made things worse, didn't fix anything. obama has surpassed carter as the worse all time presidents. now all the terrorist attacks. obamacare will finish him and all of us off.

    April 23, 2013 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  16. loopholes

    Our press deserves it. They dont cover real news anymore. They only cover bubble gum and pop fiz. There is a lot of real news that goes undertow..

    twitter is all spam anyways..THE STOCK MARKET IS FOR THE RICH..and IT IS A JOKE only the rich are making profits 40% of the united states welathy is owned by the 1%...

    its not a capitalistic society anymore its plutocratic ..

    April 23, 2013 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  17. kdisls

    what's a tweet?

    April 23, 2013 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  18. Bill39

    Nobody handling "real" news should use twitter.

    April 23, 2013 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  19. Rick E.

    Atheistically Yours – Media has a lot to be blamed for but being hacked, get real. This is going on all over the place lately. If you got hacked would that label you as PATHETIC ? Of course not but posting comments like the one you posted definitely labels you as PATHETIC on some level.

    April 23, 2013 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    Apparently, CNN doesn't like people pointing out that all the"he was golfing" and other nonense is easly via Obama's online daily itinerary, which shows he was at the WH all godd-mn day doing what POTUSes do....meetings, briefings, etc.
    don't forget celebrity awards, basketball, skeet shooting (could explain the sound) and likely a late afternoon nappy."

    Sigh. IF HE'S NOT DOING ANYTHING, THEN WHAT'S GOT YOUR MANPAMPERS SO SOILED? Hmmm? One minute it's "omg, he's got a giant xmas list agenda of socialist muslim policies and he's shoving them all down our throats!!!! black helicopters!!!!" and the next it's "he doesn't do anything but golf, dine out, talk to Oprah and hold beer summits!!!!" Something tells me you were held back in 3rd grade until they told you they couldn't keep you there any longer because you didn't fit the kiddy chairs.

    April 23, 2013 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  21. Pete

    A poster commented on Pres.Obama and his vise,the golf game..Hey republicans let us know when this president breaks the record of your phantom president in Bush taking off over 450 days his first two years earning him that name,fits doesn't it hypocrites!!His father Bush Sr.took over 500 days off in his one and only term and you wonder why he wasn't asked to come back because he'd been away so long he forgot where he lived right..And remember who his golf partner is in Boehner the drunk speaker that acts like s spoiled child and cries when not getting his way ..What a putz and typically republican talking out the side of his mouth...

    April 23, 2013 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  22. Pete

    @just sayin,Bush your hero greeting injured,disabled vets acting compassionate,what hypocracy from your delushional commander and chief the architect of the biggest lie ever told killing thousands of innocent military,civilians ,costing now over 2 trillion dollars and you make fun of Pres.Obama,boy what cajones you have..Hey republicans hypocracy and ignorence is alive and well with you republican posters isn't it and believe me your records for governmental screwups can't be beat either just read it for laughs from Hoovers Great Depression to Bushs two unfunded wars created with lies,total screwups but all republican thank God!!

    April 23, 2013 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  23. Duh

    Great reply Lina. Depressed at no reported deaths? Typical Republican bloodlust.

    April 23, 2013 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  24. Sniffit

    "what's a tweet?"

    Societal Tourrette's Syndrome.

    April 23, 2013 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  25. Fred Evil

    Twits getting Twitted, thanks for the laugh gullible ones!!

    April 23, 2013 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
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