The news media are relying more on social media – both as a reporting tool and to disseminate their own content. But a hack of the AP Twitter account shows how things can go wrong.
Richard Drew / AP
Hackers sent out a false tweet on the AP feed Tuesday reporting that the White House had been bombed – causing a temporary $200 billion drop in US stock markets. The CBS flagship news magazine shows, “60 Minutes” and “48 Hours,” also had their Twitter accounts hacked.
For news organizations whose reputations are built on credibility, the concern is real – particularly as social media feeds become an increasingly integral part of the news media's overall strategy.
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