Malicious tweets claim Obama assassinated

2011-07-04 13:18

Washington – Fox News’ Twitter feed for political news was hacked today, with tweets claiming that US President Barack Obama had been assassinated, the broadcaster reported.

“Hackers sent out several malicious and false tweets claiming that President Obama had been assassinated. Those reports are incorrect, of course, and the president is spending the July 4 holiday with his family,” Fox News said in a statement.

“The hacking is being investigated, and FoxNews.com regrets any distress the false tweets may have created,” it said.

The tweets said that Obama was shot dead at a restaurant in the state of Iowa while campaigning, and wished Vice President Joe Biden the best of luck.

The feed has more than 33?600 followers.

More than five hours after they were posted, they remained on the feed.

“@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,” one tweet read.

Another read: “BREAKING NEWS: President @BarackObama assassinated, 2 gunshot wounds have proved too much. It’s a sad 4th for #america. #obamadead RIP.”

July 4 is US Independence Day. The Obamas are scheduled to host military heroes and their families, and the festivities include a barbeque, concert and fireworks at the White House.

Obama is expected to deliver remarks at the event.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/Sport

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.