Twitter accounts claiming to be associated with major news organizations tweeted out claims Tuesday morning that a CNN journalist had been executed by the Taliban.
But the tweets are unverified, and the journalist doesn’t appear to exist.
Three accounts that labeled themselves as Afghan news accounts for CNN, MSNBC, and BBC all tweeted out a photo that is apparently of “Bernie Gore,” supposedly a reporter at CNN.
None of the accounts are verified on Twitter. The accounts claiming to be associated with BBC (@BBCAfghanNews) and CNN were created in May 2021, and accounts claiming to be a part of MSNBC (@MSNBCAfghan) was created in July of this year.
With the exception of the CNN account, the tweet about Gores’ execution was their only post. The @CNNAfghan account did have other posts linking to real CNN stories.
Though the tweets claim Bernie Gores is employed by CNN, his byline isn’t anywhere on the network’s website.
All the accounts were suspended by mid-day Tuesday, but not before their tweets had wracked up dozens of retweets, with the @CNNAfghan account’s tweet reaching more than 900 retweets and 1,600 likes before being deleted.
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