Fox News Twitter Hacked, Message Says “President Obama Is Dead”
Fox News has continuously shown their lack of support of Barack Obama in the past by reporting him dead in headlines and confusing him with Osama Bin Laden more than once.
This time the Fox News Twitter account was reportedly hacked and a message was posted stating President Barack Obama was assassinated yesterday.
According to the New York Times, the tweets gave gruesome accounts of the President's alleged demise, and even went so far as to wish Vice President Joe Biden luck in his new position as President of the United States.
Jeff Misenti, vice president of Fox News, said, "We will be requesting a detailed investigation from Twitter about how this occurred, and measures to prevent future unauthorized access into FoxNews.com accounts."
Just like they investigated the mishaps before, we're sure they'll get to the bottom of this and fix the problem with their accuracy reporting the news when it comes to the nation's president.
Or maybe they'll continue until they get to report him really being out of office.
The US Secret Service has launched a probe into the apparent hacking of an Twitter account operated by 'Fox News' which announced that President Barack Obama was assassinated on America's national day. "The Secret Service is investigating the matter and will conduct the appropriate follow-up," the US media quoted as saying George Ogilvie, the spokesperson for the elite force which is charged with protecting the President.
The @foxnewspolitics feed stated yesterday: "@BarackObama has just passed. The President is dead. A sad 4th of July, indeed. President Barack Obama is dead."
The next one, "@BarackObama has just passed. Nearly 45 minutes ago, he was shot twice in the lower pelvic area and in the neck; shooter unknown. Bled out."
In fact, the hackers wrote six tweets, reporting that Obama had been shot to death in Iowa and the gunman had not been apprehended. The messages remained online for more than two hours before they were taken down.
Fox News said the tweets were "malicious" and "false" and announced it will conduct an investigation of its own.
"We will be requesting a detailed investigation from Twitter about how this occurred, and measures to prevent future unauthorised access into FoxNews.com accounts," Fox News Digital general manager Jeff Misenti said.
"Those reports are incorrect, of course, and the president is spending the July 4 holiday with his family," the US broadcaster added.
The 'BBC', which reported the hacking, had yesterday claimed that a group of individuals, calling themselves 'The Script Kiddies' appeared to claim responsibility. But, it said it was unclear why Fox News became the target of the attack.
Fox News is said to be the most-watched cable news network in the US, with its prime time shows attracting two million viewers, well ahead of rivals CNN and MSNBC.
The Secret Service is stepping in to investigate the recent hacking of Fox News’ political twitter account after messages were posted claiming President Obama had been assassinated.
FoxNews.com alerted the Secret Service to the hacking on Monday and the agency, tasked with protecting the President, is examining the tweets and will conduct the appropriate follow up.
The Fox account was hacked early Monday morning and six tweets were posted reporting that the President had been shot and killed in Iowa. In reality, the President was in Washington yesterday celebrating the Fourth of July at the White House with military families.
Fox later called the messages, which went out to the 34,000 followers of its political twitter account, “false” and “malicious” and said it “regrets any distress” the tweets may have caused.
Fox is also working with Twitter to address the situation. "We will be requesting a detailed investigation from Twitter about how this occurred, and measures to prevent future unauthorized access into FoxNews.com accounts," Vice President and General Manager of Fox News Digital Jeff Misenti said in a written statement.