Late on Monday afternoon, the Thomson Reuters corporate Twitter account started posting a series of tweets supportive of Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad, leading many to believe that the account @thomsonreuters was the latest victim of a series of twitter hacks targeting news organizations.
The apparent hack affected Reuters's social media-managed corporate account with about 83,000 followers, not to be confused with the more popular @Reuters breaking news Twitter feed, which pulls about 3 million followers. Here's the account's feed, as of late Monday:
After a 20-minute break, the individuals posting from the account followed up with a somewhat expected claim that the account had been compromised by the Syrian Electronic Army:
It looks like Thomson Reuters will join the Financial Times, the AP, the Onion, the BBC and NPR, among others, in falling victim to the SEA. A sampling of the images tweeted from the Reuters corporate account are below, but be warned: while cartoons, they're still somewhat graphic and offensive:
Update 8:40 p.m.: The Thomson Reuters Twitter account is now suspended.
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