Fake Obama death stories viral on Twitter

A Twitter account belonging to Fox News started posting fake "Obama assassinated" stories a couple of hours ago. As the account was the one maintained by Fox News, the tweets went viral within seconds of appearing on Twitter.

The tweets posted within a short time, from @foxnewspolitics account, shared that Obama was shot and killed while supposedly campaigning at a Ross' restaurant in Iowa. One of the tweets is shown below:

It has been suspected that said account, which has more than 33,000 followers, was compromised (nature of the compromise is not known yet); and the false tweets may be an attempt to trick surfers into visiting “links for more information” that actually land on sites running fake anti-virus scans. --------

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