Obama, White House OK after false tweet

This screenshot from Twitter.com shows a false tweet from The Associated Press Twitter account, later revealed to be made by hackers. (Twitter)
This screenshot from Twitter.com shows a false tweet from The Associated Press Twitter account, later revealed to be made by hackers. (Twitter)

(LIN) — The hearts of many Americans sank Tuesday after seeing a tweet by The Associated Press saying, “Breaking: Two Explosions in the White House and Barack Obama is injured.”

Minutes later, AP reporter Sam Hananel tweeted: “Please Ignore AP Tweet on explosions, we’ve been hacked.”

That didn’t stop the retweets and paranoia that an attack did happen.

Stocks plummeted at the news of the White House being attacked. The Dow Jones industrial average fell more than 150 points in just minutes after the tweet. As quickly as it fell, it seemed to rebound.

Twitter quickly suspended the account, and the AP announced it was working to quickly correct the issue.

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