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New York Post employee hijacks Twitter account, posts 'vile' content

The since-deleted tweets included offensive messages about New York Gov. Kathy Hochul, Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and President Joe Biden’s son Hunter.
People walk the headquarters for News Corp
People walk past the headquarters of News Corp., which owns the New York Post, on Feb. 4.Spencer Platt / Getty Images file

The New York Post's verified Twitter account was hijacked Thursday by an employee who posted a series of "vile and reprehensible" messages designed to look like real headlines, a spokesperson confirmed.

"The New York Post’s investigation indicates that the unauthorized conduct was committed by an employee, and we are taking appropriate action," the spokesperson said in an email.

"This morning, we immediately removed the vile and reprehensible content from our website and social media accounts," the spokesperson added.

The spokesperson did not identify the rogue employee but confirmed that the person has been "terminated."

The posts in question include fake headlines about New York Gov. Kathy Hochul, New York City Mayor Eric Adams, Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and President Joe Biden's son Hunter.

NBC News reporters took screenshots of the tweets before they were taken down.

In an email earlier Thursday, a spokesperson for the Post said that the publication had been "hacked" and that company leaders were "investigating the cause."

The Post is one of New York City's quintessential daily tabloids, known for eye-catching headlines and conservative-leaning editorials.

The person behind the hack could have republished old stories about the political figures in question and reposted the articles on Twitter with inflammatory headlines, said an employee who asked not to be identified without authorization to speak publicly.