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YouTube manager's Twitter account was hacked to spread fake news during shooting

05 April 2018

"We had strong evidence that Mr. Lavrusik did not authorize the activity even though our information indicates that whoever did this used the password associated with the account to gain access", Christel van der Boom, a Flipboard spokeswoman, said in an email. YouTube employees, during and after the episode took to the popular microblogging platform Twitter, to keep their friends and family up to date on what was happening.

SAN FRANCISCO - A YouTube employee who fled the company's head office during a shooting on Tuesday had his Twitter account hacked to spread a hoax about the identity of the shooter.

Vadim Lavrusik, a product manager for YouTube, was one of the first people to tweet about the shooting, which injured three people. The hoax tweets reportedly began posting 20 minutes after the executive marked himself safe apparently while he was near the shooting site.

Lavurusik's account then followed up with another tweet: "my name is so gay honestly".

The hoax tweets were reported several times and Twitter removed them shortly afterwards.

Twitter's CEO Jack Dorsey responded to the concerns, tweeting that the social network was working to fix the issue.

In a statement, Twitter said: "We are also aware of attempts by some people to deceive others with misinformation around this tragedy".

Lavrusik tweeted at 4:35pm PT that he'd got his account back and thanked Dorsey. Police officer Ed Barberini said the suspect, a female shooter, appeared to have shot herself after injuring multiple people at the campus of the YouTube facility on Tuesday, Xinhua news agency reported.

Most recently during the Parkland, Florida, school shooting where 17 students were killed.

YouTube manager's Twitter account was hacked to spread fake news during shooting