Wendi Deng Twitter account found to be a fake

By the Associated Press | January 3, 2012 | 12:26 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — A Twitter account purported to be linked to the wife of media mogul Rupert Murdoch has turned out to be bogus.

Twitter officials say they "mistakenly verified" the Wendi_Deng account as genuine for a short time. Twitter spokeswoman Rachel Bremer said Tuesday the company apologizes for the confusion.

The person who opened the Wendi_Deng account tweeted Tuesday that it had been a hoax.

News International spokeswoman Daisy Dunlop said while the Wendi_Deng account was fake, the Twitter account opened over the New Year's weekend by News Corp. chief Rupert Murdoch was genuine.

The Associated Press and other news organizations including the Guardian and the Telegraph newspapers quoted the Wendi_Deng account in earlier stories.