NEW YORK (TheBlaze/AP) — The Twitter accounts for two national CBS programs have been compromised and suspended.
A CBS News spokeswoman confirmed Saturday night that a number tweets sent earlier in the afternoon from the “60 Minutes” and “48 Hours” Twitter handles saying their accounts were compromised are correct, following the release of a number of alarming and conspiratorial messages.
According to the BBC, tweets sent out by the “60 Minutes” Twitter account included:
- “The US government is hiding the real culprit of the Boston bombing”
- “The US government is sponsoring a coup in Venezuela and a terrorist war in Syria”
- “Your duty is to protect your nation from the parasites that have taken your government”
- “Obama wants to destroy the Syrian and American people. We must stop this beast”
The Hollywood reporter claims another tweet read: “Exclusive: Terror is striking the #USA and #Obama is Shamelessly in Bed with Al-Qaeda.”
The network says it is working with Twitter to investigate how the breach occurred. As of this article’s publication Sunday afternoon, both accounts were still suspended and inaccessible.
Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment, nor did a CBS spokeswoman comment further.