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Twitter admits it verified fake Wendi Deng Murdoch account

Twitter has admitted it mistakenly verified an account claiming to be Wendi Deng Murdoch, wife of Rupert.
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A screenshot of the fake Wendi Deng Murdoch Twitter account. (Screengrab)

Twitter has admitted it mistakenly verified an account claiming to be Wendi Deng Murdoch, wife of media mogul Rupert.

The account — which was given a blue Twitter verification tick Monday night and quickly attracted over 9,000 followers, as Deng seemingly flirted with celebrities and rebuked her husband in his first days on the microblogging site — was believed to be a British man living in London, The Guardian reported.

Despite an official verified "tick" badge from the social networking service – now rescinded – a News International spokeswoman in London confirmed on Tuesday that the @Wendi_Deng Twitter account was fake, although the @rupertmurdoch account is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.

Confusion over whether the account was real or not was also fuelled by a News International spokeswoman who told the BBC the account was real late on Monday night, local time.

After News International confirmed that the @Wendi_Deng account was a spoof, the person running the account tweeted:

"Hello Twitter. As News International has finally come to their senses, it's time to confirm that yes, this is a fake account. I'm not Wendi."

The BBC quoted a Twitter spokeswoman as apologizing for "the confusion this caused."

"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," she reportedly said.

Twitter's communications account reportedly tweeted about the mistake early Tuesday.

"We can confirm that the @Wendi_Deng account was mistakenly verified for a short period of time and apologize for the confusion caused."

The account now proclaims:

"Verifiably not @rupertmurdoch's wife. Unless you're Twitter. Or News International. SPOOF ACCOUNT."

The person believed to be behind the account told The Guardian that:

"I set up the account as a laugh, simple as that, when I was bored over the new year holiday and saw all the hype surrounding Rupert Murdoch joining Twitter.

"When Twitter verified it, I was completely and utterly shocked. A little nervous too, if I'm honest, about what had happened and whether it had all gone too far.

"I just couldn't believe they would have verified such a high profile account without checking it out, but I absolutely received no communication from Twitter to the email address I used to register.

"If that's their security process for high profile users, then I do think they need to rethink it urgently."

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/news/regions/americas/united-states/twitter-wendy-deng-rupert-murdoch-fake-blue-tick