The title of a recently released MSNBC article is “Fake tweet shows country ‘sensitive to ANY news that sounds like TERRORISM‘” (Web-site/URL: http://redtape.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/04/23/17881215-fake-tweet-shows-country-sensitive-to-any-news-that-sounds-like-terrorism#.UXimn5zFmuQ.twitter).
A stock market and a nation already on edge was temporarily knocked off its axis on Tuesday by a single FAKE TWEET“.
“Following a hack attack, the Associated Press’ verified Twitter account posted “an ERRONEOUS tweet” claiming that two explosions occurred in the White House and that President Barack Obama is injured. Moments later, the @AP Twitter account — with nearly 2 million followers — was suspended”.
According to an AP spokesperson, “That’s a BOGUS tweet“.
According to Art Hogan of Lazard Capital Markets, “We’re in an environment where we’re sensitive to ANY news that sounds like TERRORISM” obviously. “That makes it that much more believable. That’s the TRICKY part. When something like AP gets hacked, it becomes reality for a period of time, until it’s not“.
According to Art Cashin, “director of floor operations for UBS Financial Services, who watched the minutes of BEDLAM on the floor of the NYSE”, “You wonder who did it and WHETHER it was done ON PURPOSE.IT CERTAINLY WAS AN INSTANT IMPLOSION“,, which, again, is SCARY.
“The combination of a JITTERY public, automated trading and a worldwide RUMOR tool was TOXIC for the markets” obviously. We’ve had enough “jitters” and “rumors” to last A LIFETIME.
Finally, according to Kenny Polcari of O’Neil Securities, “That goes to show you how ALGORITHMS read headlines and create these automatic orders — you don’t even have time to react as A HUMAN BEING. I’d imagine the (Security and Exchange Commission) is going to look into how this happened. It’s NOT about banning computers, but it’s about PROTECTION and SECURING OUR MARKETS” to MINIMIZE THE PROBABILITY of this happening again because this incident reinforces the fact that NOTHING is/can be guaranteed and with people as NERVOUS as they are, any SCARY or UNCERTAIN news could easily send people into PANIC mode.
Whoever sent out this fake tweet should be ashamed of themselves. National security is certainly NOT something to take lightly especially in light of the BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING (Web-site/URL: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boston_Marathon_bombings).