That AP tweet was fake — there was no explosion at the White House. It did not happen!
But the markets were still rattled momentarily by the tweet, being blamed on phishers gaining access to the AP Twitter password.
As soon it was clearly a hoax, Twitter lit up with jokes. Here are some of our favorites:
John King reporting AP Twitter account was hacked by a dark-skinned man.— Matt Yglesias (@mattyglesias) April 23, 2013
New York Post reporting 12 Barack Obamas killed— alex pareene (@pareene) April 23, 2013
RT @RealAlexJones Terrible to hear about the White House bombing but this stinks of a false-false flag operation.— netw3rk (@netw3rk) April 23, 2013
MT: @AP Bees! Everyone gets beeeeeeeees!!! ALSO WE DO NEWS THE GOODEST AND OUR PASSWORD WAS NOT, REPEAT NOT, 'SWORDFISH'.— Chris Kluwe (@ChrisWarcraft) April 23, 2013
Twitter hacking plus hi-speed trading could yield speculative profits ..— David Frum (@davidfrum) April 23, 2013
I think if I hacked AP, I would go with "SETI detects coherent narrowband non-terrestrial signal. President to address nation at 7 pm EST."— pourmecoffee (@pourmecoffee) April 23, 2013
Jacob Sugarman is Salon's cover editor and the editor of Open Salon. You can follow him on twitter @jakesugarman.More Jacob Sugarman.