According to Bloomberg news, the fake news story about Apple’s CEO Steve Jobs suffering a heart attack was submitted to CNN’s user generated news website, was actually posted by a teenager.
Apple’s market value declined by around USD 4.8 billion within an hour after an 18-year old boy posted a false story about Steve Jobs’ illness.
Though, the teenager didn’t seem to have any vested motives behind circulating the rumour, US Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating the matter to find out the exact purpose behind it; however, the commission didn’t find any clues of the person in question profited from the drop in Apple’s stock.
The false report about Jobs’ health appeared on 3 October on CNN’s iReport website, where readers can post their own news stories.
The news stated that Steve Jobs had a major heart attack and claimed that paramedics were called after Jobs reported “severe chest pains and shortness of breath”.
Later on, representatives from Apple publicly rejected the rumours of the heart attack, which helped its stock become stable.