James Murdoch Arrested ... or Not, Oops!

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BSkyB Chairman James Murdoch, who is also head of News Corp in Europe and Asia, rehearses for his James MacTaggert Memorial lecture as part of the Media Guardian Edinburgh International TV Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland  August 28, 2009. REUTERS/David Moir (BRITAIN MEDIA SOCIETY BUSINESS)
Still free. (David Moir/Reuters) Photo: © David Moir / Reuters

Late yesterday night in England, the nearly 12,000 followers of Sky News’ business Twitter feed were greeted with a major news scoop.

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BREAKING: James Murdoch arrested over phone-hacking claims. Questioned at Paddington Green police station at 10pm.

Retweeting passed the news around pretty fast, but just 30 minutes after the tweet went up — it has since been deleted — Sky News reporters were already questioning its veracity, reaching out to the Metropolitan Police who confirmed that in fact no arrest had been made of the once-upon-a-time News Corp. scion. (A website straightforwardly called “Has James Murdoch Been Arrested Yet?” still has a giant red “No!” emblazoned across it.) Eventually the service’s digital news editor broadcast the following message:

Sky News has no information that James #Murdoch has been arrested and we believe that the @SkyNewsBiz accoutn [sic] was hacked.

Retweeting passed the news around pretty fast, but just 30 minutes after the tweet went up — it has since been deleted — Sky News reporters were already questioning its veracity, reaching out to the Metropolitan Police who confirmed that in fact no arrest had been made of the once-upon-a-time News Corp. scion. (A website straightforwardly called “Has James Murdoch Been Arrested Yet?” still has a giant red “No!” emblazoned across it.) Eventually the service’s digital news editor broadcast the following message:

Sky News has no information that James #Murdoch has been arrested and we believe that the @SkyNewsBiz accoutn [sic] was hacked.