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Twitter Rumormonger Apologizes

Punishment for lying on Twitter? Hedge fund manager Shashank Tripathi apologized on Wednesday after it was discovered that he knowingly tweeted false information about New York City during Hurricane Sandy under the handle @ComfortablySnug. Tripathi also resigned as a campaign manager for Congressional candidate Christopher R. Wright. BuzzFeed outed Tripathi as spreading wildly inaccurate claims during the storm, such as "BREAKING: Governor Cuomo is trapped in Manhattan. He is being taken to a secure location." While many of his claims were debunked shortly after, some of them were reported on by news organizations or retweeted and caused widespread panic. Tripathi called the tweets "irresponsible and inaccurate."

October 31, 2012 11:01 AM