Twitter is seeing a Tuesday rush of spam from an unofficial app claiming itself to be “Twitter Video.” When a user falls for the guise and authorizes the app, it starts auto-tweeting from their account. A fake video titled “Baby Poops in His Onesie, But Dog’s Response Leaves Millions of People in Hysterics” has seemingly resulted in a wave of people falling for the hoax.
The spam has affected Clara Jeffery, editor-in-chief of Mother Jones, and others like Dwight Garner, book critic for the New York Times, although Garner shortly deleted the tweet afterward. That’s understandable as the app, somehow called Twitter Video, looks deceivingly official. And who wouldn’t want to see that video if the description were accurate?