Twitter embarrassed by fake Wendi Murdoch account


(Reuters) – Twitter, the popular microblogging site, apologized on Tuesday for incorrectly verifying a false account for Wendi Deng, the wife of News Corp Chief Executive Rupert Murdoch.

The fake account with the handle @Wendi_Deng popped up on Sunday soon after a real Twitter account was started by the media mogul on New Year’s eve. News Corp communications staff confirmed that the Murdoch account was genuine. Like Murdoch’s own Twitter account, the Wendi account was initially verified by Twitter, featuring the well-known blue tick which shows Twitter has confirmed the account belongs to the named person.

But by early Tuesday New York time, Twitter was forced to remove its famous blue tick from the Wendi account after it said it confirmed the account did not belong to her.

“We can confirm that the @wendi_deng account was mistakenly verified for a short period of time and apologize for the confusion this caused,” Twitter said in a statement.

Twitter spokesman Matt Graves declined to comment on the matter beyond the earlier statement to explain how the error was made.

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