Mashable is reporting on one of the things that makes me love and hate the internet: Fake twitter accounts. The account in question today was of Apple’s CEO Steve Jobs and concerns the just released iPhone 4. While “The Daily Mail” had no reason to believe the account and tweet was real, they had no trouble reporting it as real news anyway.
The tweet (from the fake account ceoSteveJobs) reads:
“We may have to recall the new iPhone. This, I did not expect.”
Reports of dropped calls and poor reception when the iPhone is held with fingers covering the black antenna bands have been reported, and this fake tweet is likely in response to those complaints.
The real story is that, as previously noted The Daily Mail reported this tweet as actual news (in all seriousness). I highly doubt a CEO would announce a recall via Twitter and further more, Mr. Jobs does not have a personal Twitter account.
So, the lesson here is to do a little research before posting news as real news, as this could have seriously caused problems if reported by more outlets.