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Twitter Apologises for Inaccurately Verifying Fake Wendi Dong Account

Twitter has apologised for mistakenly allowing someone to create a fake account of Rupert Murdoch's wife Wendi Deng.

The company admitted to its mistake after the fake account holder Tweeted that the @Wendi_Deng was a fake, as reported by the Inquirer.

"Hello Twitter. it's time to confirm that yes, this is a fake account. I'm not Wendi. Verifiably not @rupertmurdoch's wife. Unless you're Twitter. Or News International. SPOOF ACCOUNT," the account holder Tweeted.

The account sprung up after News Corp. chief Rupert Murdoch surprised the world by opening an account on Twitter. Everyone thought Wendi's account was legitimate because it had a ‘verified' mark, meaning the account truly belongs to that person.

Unfortunately, someone at Twitter mistakenly gave it the verified status despite the fact that it was a spoof account.

"We can confirm that the @wendi_deng account was mistakenly verified for a short period of time and apologise for the confusion this caused," the company said in a post.

While the incident did not have a negative impact, it clearly highlights a flaw in Twitter's account verification process and how easy it is to open a fake account online.