The United States Secret Service is now actively investigating the origins of a Fox New Twitter hack that took place over the July 4th holiday weekend.
The hack, which resulted in numerous erroneous tweets about the well-being of President Barack Obama – immediately gained international attention given the widespread creditability of the account used to relay the the fake news.
Although Fox News had nothing to do with the released tweets, the cable news titan is apologizing for the confusion.
FoxNews.com alerted the U.S. Secret Service, which “will investigate the hacking and do appropriate follow up,” Fox spokesman George Ogilvie said.
Jeff Misenti, vice president and general manager of Fox News Digital, added that FoxNews.com is “working with Twitter to address the situation as quickly as possible.”
“We will be requesting a detailed investigation from Twitter about how this occurred, and measures to prevent future unauthorized access into FoxNews.com accounts,” Misenti said.
FoxNews.com regrets any distress the false tweets may have created.
The incident in question once again illustrates that the US Secret Service, a federal body charged with protecting the life of the President and his family, does not ignore even the most seemingly harmless of pranks when they pertain to the President’s life – not even stunts pulled on social media platforms.