White House press secretary Jay Carney began Tuesday’s press briefing with a swift dismissal of the false Associated Press report sent out on Twitter.
“Breaking: Two Explosions in the White House and Barack Obama is injured,” read an alert sent on the Associated Press Twitter account shortly before Carney began the press briefing.
“The president is fine, I was just with him,” Carney said.
“Please ignore AP tweet on explosions, we’ve been hacked,” noted Associated Press reporter Sam Hananel, shortly after the erroneous report hit Twitter.
Later, the Associated Press addressed the situation using its AP Stylebook Twitter account to send out a statement.
“The @AP Twitter account has been suspended after it was hacked. The tweet about an attack on the White House was false,” the statement read.