Washington: US President Barack Obama is fine. The clarification came after a hacked Associated Press (AP), America’s largest news agency, Twitter account sent out fake news about two bomb blasts at the White House and that the President was injured.
“The President is fine,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters at the top of his daily news conference.
Moments before the start of the conference, the twitter account of the Associated Press said, “Breaking: Two Explosions in the White House and Barack Obama is injured.”
The false report briefly sent both the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average sharply lower before they recovered.
The AP quickly announced its account had been hacked. The AP’s Twitter account was suspended shortly after the fake tweet. The news organization said the tweet came after hackers made repeated attempts to steal the passwords of AP journalists.