Your Twitter is Hacked? Reset, tweet, pray.

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?


  1. This tweet from the @AP account caused some problems.
  2. AP Corporate Communications announced that the tweet was false and that the @AP account was hacked.
  3. The New York Times reported that the false tweet caused the Dow to drop briefly before recovering (after investors realized the news was false).
  4. 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?
  5. We then proceeded to ask our Twitter followers if any of them had been hacked and how they dealt with the situation.
  6. Mexican journalist Pascal BeltrandelRio pointed out that the popular anchor Joaquín López-Dóriga had his Twitter account hacked.
  7. Other followers offered thoughts on password security. Many wouldn't know what to do.
  8. Enrique Piracés is on the digital team at Human Rights Watch.