BBC Suffolk surprised its Twitter followers on Wednesday evening when a very poor taste joke about singer Rihanna and the boyfriend who assaulted her appeared on its Twitter feed:
So what went wrong? BBC Suffolk at first offered only this explanation:
Update, 26.7.12: Instances of the same phrase appearing elsewhere across Twitter in recent days certainly support the suggestion this was some kind of 'spam bot'. Often such attacks begin when a user is fooled into clicking on a link they shouldn't and submitting their log-in details, effectively allowing the 'spam bot' access to their Twitter account.
Be careful out there.