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Did I Tweet that?

A researcher has noted that Twitter reference URLs can be manipulated to make it appear someone said/tweeted something when they actually didn't.

 

https://twitter.com/davywtf/status/1087839317534363648

 

The explanation.

 

So, I tweeted a warning:

https://www.twitter.com/rslade/status/1087839317534363648

 

Well, of course, actually, no I didn't.  If you look closely at the resulting page, you'll see it isn't my account at all.  Twitter doesn't care what account you put in the URL: it just cares about the tweet status ID.

 

Donald Trump is so concerned that he retweeted my warning:

https://www.twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1087839317534363648

 

So did the Queen:

https://www.twitter.com/RoyalFamily/status/1087839317534363648


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