The Associated Press Twitter account was hacked on April 23, 2013. We sought guidance from social media experts and asked our Twitter followers if any of them have had their accounts hacked. Our concern? What would smaller newsrooms and freelance journalists do if their Twitter account was hacked?
CPJ staff noted that large news organizations have resources and in-house knowledge, which likely can speed up the process to restore access to hacked accounts. The @AP account was suspended within minutes of the false tweet and the account was restored in less than 24 hours. What would the average person, a freelance journalist for example, do in this situation?