Hacked AP Twitter Account Claims White House Bombed, Stock Market Takes A Big Dip


Earlier today the official account for the Associated Press gave everyone on Twitter a moment of distress with a post claiming that the White House had been bombed and President Obama was injured.

The account has been suspended, with the AP saying it was hacked:

But in a display of just how powerful social media is in this digital age, the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged briefly:

An alarming, but thankfully brief, picture of what would have been.

In related news, White House spokesman Jay Carney reports that the President is in the White House and doing just fine. And that’s a big relief.