The Associated Press is back on Twitter after yesterday’s hacking incident, which roiled financial markets with a fake tweet about explosions at the White House. But something is still amiss — the news agency has almost 2 million fewer followers than it did before the hacking. Update: Twitter has told the AP that it can take up to 24 hours for followers to return.
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In case you missed it, the AP’s Twitter account was suspended yesterday afternoon after the fake tweet — possibly posted by the Syrian army — caused a temporary shock to stock markets, which rely on news wires like the AP for up-to-date information.
On Wednesday morning, the AP announced its Twitter feed had returned and began tweeting ordinary news items (though initially forgetting to delete the hoax tweet):
Most of the account’s followers, however, appear to have disappeared. At the time of the hacking incident, the AP had nearly 2 million followers: