(NEW YORK) — The Associated Press has confirmed that its Twitter feed was hacked Tuesday afternoon, sending a tweet at 1:07 p.m. ET that falsely reported two explosions at the White House and that the president was injured.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters shortly after the Twitter post that “the president is fine” and there were no explosions.
Major stock market averages plunged briefly on the false report but recovered in positive territory.
AP’s Media Relations team and Washington employees disclosed the account’s breach within ten minutes of the hack.
After 15 minutes and about 4,000 retweets, the account was suspended by Twitter.
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