Stupidest Idea Ever: MTV And BET Fake Twitter Hacks

So you heard about Burger King getting hacked yesterday – and it was pretty funny, right? The hackers said BK was purchased by McDonalds and posted a bunch of hip hop videos and inappropriate tweets.

Then Jeep was hacked today, by (apparently) the same crew, claiming Jeep was bought by Cadillac. Okay, that was pretty funny too.

And THEN [insert groan] MTV and BET were hacked and the accounts were (mildly) razzing each other for about two hours, till they admitted it was a “joke.”

Ugh. Let’s hope this doesn’t become a “thing.” 

Why is faking a hack the stupidest idea ever? Because people don’t like to be made fun of – and these accounts retweeted people who “fell for it” with glee.

The “hacked” tweets aren’t clever – and in hindsight, they’re actually pretty lame and desperate (don’t you think?):

Oh and there’s this now cringe-worthy tweet:

Ew. I know Selena is 20 now, but just . . . ew. Is the person tweeting the same age as her or even close? I somehow doubt it.

And then there’s this awesome response:

Did MTV and BET get attention for this prank? Obviously. And they thought they were pretty badass for it too:

Yeah, uhm. You got us.

But this probably isn’t the reaction they sought:

Maybe, as that last tweet suggests, those real hackers will bump MTV to the top of their list now for trying to cash in on their fun?

One can only hope.

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@MaryCLong Mary C. Long is Chief Ghost at Digital Media Ghost. She writes about everything online and is published widely, with a focus on privacy concerns, specifically social sabotage.