Wendi Deng Twitter Confirmed Fake
January 3, 2012 by staff
Wendi Deng Twitter Confirmed Fake, A Twitter account that claimed to belong to Wendi Deng is not genuine despite briefly having had a verified ‘tick’ badge. If the news that Wendi Deng had joined her husband Rupert Murdoch on Twitter and promptly engaged in flirtatious banter with the likes of Ricky Gervais seemed too good to be true, that’s because it was.
Despite an official verified “tick” badge from the social networking service – now rescinded – a News International spokeswoman in London confirmed on Tuesday that the @Wendi_Deng Twitter account was fake, although the @rupertmurdoch account is genuine.
Murdoch, the chairman and chief executive of News Corporation, joined Twitter on 31 December, with the fake Deng account launching the following day.
She apparently chatted with celebrities including Gervais, tweeting “i think you look HOT ricky!!! (sssh dont tell @rupertmurdoch!)”, and Kim Kardashian (“kim!!! agreed! rupert and i set a lot of goals for ourselves all through last yr!”), but the account holder’s cover was blown on Tuesday when Twitter said it was not authentic.
“We don’t comment on our verification process but can confirm that the @wendi_deng account was mistakenly verified for a short period of time. We apologise for the confusion this caused,” Twitter said in a statement.
Confusion over the account’s authenticity was fuelled after a News International spokeswoman said that @Wendi_Deng was genuine late on Monday to the Guardian. BBC reporter Ross Hawkins also tweeted late on Monday that “News Int say they’re real”.
The Guardian was among a number of news organisations which ran stories about the fake account.
However, on Tuesday the spokeswoman at News International said the company had now established that the @Wendi_Deng account was fake.
On Tuesday afternoon Hawkins tweeted: “The @Wendi_Deng twitter account is NOT genuine. The News Intl s/person who told me it was last night has just called to say she was wrong.”
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