The New York Post’s Twitter account was what seemed to be hacked on a Thursday afternoon from an employee who posted a series of “vile” messages designed to look like real headlines and news articles.
“The New York Post’s investigation indicates that the unauthorized conduct was committed by an employee, and we are taking appropriate action,” the spokesperson said in an email.
“This morning, we immediately removed the vile and reprehensible content from our website and social media accounts,” the spokesperson added.
The New York Post has been hacked. We are currently investigating the cause.
— New York Post (@nypost) October 27, 2022
Later on a representative spoke to Variety about the situation.
In a statement to Variety, a rep for the Post said, “The New York Post’s investigation indicates that the unauthorized conduct was committed by an employee, and the employee has been terminated. This morning, we immediately removed the vile and reprehensible content from our website and social media accounts.”
Some posted to Twitter wanting to know what the reasoning was.
If you're a New York Post employee who got fired this morning, hit me up. I just wanna know why. Like what was the last straw?
— Claire Goforth (@claire_goforth) October 27, 2022
Onlookers first suspected that the @nypost had been hacked when none of its racist, incoherent posts included language expressing revulsion at the existence of homeless people
— LocalPoliticalHat (@Popehat) October 27, 2022
Some of the headlines in question included posts regarding New York City Mayor Eric Adams, Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and President Joe Biden’s son.
Many people online took photos of the posts before they were taken down.
Others trolled the situation.
don't worry, Herschel is on the case pic.twitter.com/4Rs8eeVIMD
— David Block (@dave_tvnyc) October 27, 2022
At this time the New York Post has not stated who in fact took over the account.