The Associated Press said Tuesday its Twitter account had been hacked, with a Twitter feed falsely stating there had been two explosions at the White House and sending stocks on a steep, but brief decline.
The tweet from the AP account briefly caused U.S. stocks to drop, with the Dow Jones industrial average falling more than 150 points before quickly recovering. White House spokesman Jay Carney will hold his daily press conference as usual.
"The AP twitter account has been hacked," the news cooperative said moments after the incident. "The tweet about an attack at the White House is false. We will advise more as soon as possible."