Tucker Carlson’s Twitter account was not “hacked,” says Fox

Tucker Carlson’s Twitter account was not “hacked,” says Fox

Tucker Carlson’s Twitter account was not “hacked,” says Fox
Fox News personality Tucker Carlson appears at an event in Phoenix, Arizona on December 18, 2021. (Photo by Gage Skidmore via Flickr Creative Commons)

A strange change in a social media account linked to Fox News personality Tucker Carlson led to some unusual speculation that his account was compromised Tuesday night.

The speculation was fueled by a social media post by someone claiming to be associated with hacker collective Anonymous, who said Carlson’s account had been “hacked” at some point during the day.

The post included a screenshot of Carlson’s account that included an updated bio describing the Fox News personality as a “non-binary climate change activist of color, visionary tech entrepreneur, CNBC market analyst” and informal adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. The bio ended with two emojis representing the transgender pride flag.

The rest of Carlson’s Twitter account appeared unaffected: During his Fox News show, someone in control of Carlson’s account posted clips from his Tuesday night Fox News show, “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” and a link to his biography still resolved to his personal website.

Nothing to see here, folks... (Graphic by The Desk)
Nothing to see here, folks… (Graphic by The Desk)

The issue was further publicized by writer and social media personality Brian Krassenstein, who tweeted his enthusiasm to see Carlson’s account allegedly compromised by hackers.

“Of course I’m against hacking, but if I were to let one slip, this would be it,” Krassenstein wrote to his 626,000 followers on Twitter.

But a spokesperson for Fox News Media confirmed it The desk that Carlson’s account was not compromised — by Anonymous or anyone else — and that Carlson and the network remained in full control of his Twitter profile Tuesday.

“The Anonymous claim is false,” the spokesperson wrote in an additional email The desk. “The account has not been hacked.”

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As it turns out, the unusual Twitter bio isn’t out of the ordinary for Carlson: Last year, he updated his account description to state that he was a “graduate of Harvard College” (he graduated from Trinity College) and won an Emmy Award for his broadcast journalism (so far The desk could tell, he’s never won an Emmy, and probably won’t anytime soon).

In addition to the prime-time Fox News Channel show, Carlson also hosts “Tucker Carlson Today” on the Fox Nation streaming service. Carlson produced and hosted a documentary for Fox Nation that explored the rise and fall of Sam Bankman-Fried, the young financial mogul whose cryptocurrency exchange platform FTX collapsed late last year.

Fox News Channel and Fox Nation are part of Fox News Media, which is owned by Fox Corporation.

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