A tweet caused a storm on Twitter tonight when an official Sky News account tweeted: “BREAKING: James Murdoch arrested over phone-hacking claims. Questioned at Paddington Green police station at 10pm.”
The tweet was retweeted many times, including by many news insiders.. The situation calmed down when Sky News realised what had happened..
Sky’s home affairs correspondent [[Mark White]] was first on the Twitter scene and said: “Just spoken to Met Police. They are not aware of any #phonehacking related arrest. Sky Newsdesk checking where tweet originated from.”
The Sky News Press office later added: “Every indication is that @SkyNewsBiz account was hacked, we are investigating if and how this could have happened.”
The offending tweet has now been removed.
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