Since a few years Twitter has become an important news source for bloggers and journalists, as Pew Research found. That’s not without dangers of course: how reliable is the information in a tweet? We witnessed quite some hoaxes in recent years. Twitter is not only a news source for media, it has also become the subject of news with Twitter users as citizen ‘journalists’ immediately commenting and forming opinions when something happens on the network itself.
Less than an hour ago before writing this, news surfaced (on Twitter first) that the Burger King Twitter account was hacked. The logo got replaced by a McDonald’s logo and the account starting sending the weirdest messages leading to jokes, all kinds of commentaries and messages on the micro-blogging platform.
Before I even had the time to go back to the hacked account and take some screenshots the account got suspended by Twitter. Damage control by the social platform itself? We’ll probably see blogs, opinions and comments popping up in all media the coming hours and days. In fact, it already started and by now most mainstream media have caught up with the Twitter buzz. [Read more...]