A Labour MP has been forced to apologise after someone apparently hacked into his Twitter account and posted an inappropriate message, once again highlighting the dangers of adopting social networking services without caution.
A post appeared yesterday on David Wright's Twitter page reading: "You can put lipstick on a scum-sucking pig but it is still a scum-sucking pig," in an apparent reference to the Conservative Party.
The message prompted a barrage of complaints, and the Labour whip has since had to apologise.
"You'll find the pig is the Tory Party not Tory voters. But fair does [sic], apology in the ether," wrote Wright. A second message read: "Apologised. Not forced. Genuine."
Confusingly, the MP later added: "What a commotion today. Looks like my tweets have been tinkered with. I will keep you posted." Wright has not yet commented further.
Wright told the BBC that the tone and wording of his tweet had been changed to make it more offensive. It appears that the hacker tinkered with his tweets again.
Recently a disgruntled worker at Vodafone used the company's Twitter account to post an obscene message, while two students admitted setting up a fake David Miliband Twitter site last year, much to his embarrassment.
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