Tila Tequila’s Twitter account was hacked on Monday and it was claimed that she and her dog were killed. Now, either her account was hacked again or she is claiming to kill herself if a certain miracle doesn’t happen tomorrow. We would tend to lean towards hacking, but after a test question by actor Tyrese Gibson was confirmed by her response, the threat is either really being posted by her or by someone who knows a lot about her.
The other possibility is that both accounts have been hacked, in which case the hacker is using one celebrity account to make the other’s threat seem more credible.
She or the hacker posted this in the early morning hours on Wednesday:
“I’m going to kill myself LIVE on an internet broadcast so the world can watch it go down. Then you watch me die slowly since I wont call cops”
This and subsequent tweets have resulted in fans posting tweets such as this.
Gibson responded, assuming it was a joke, then posted this:
“If this is really you where did you see me last Tila?? Whoever you are you should be ashamed of yourself for doing this to Tila”
A few minutes later, he posted this:
“Ok.. I can’t say this is a joke anymore. She answered the question rt.. I’m gonna go to sleep.. This must be a bad dream”
Here is how she reportedly replied:
“This is really me hun…I saw you last at Robin Thick’s bday party..”
Regardless of what comes of this (and for once we hope it is just a double-hack) it brings into question the voyeuristic nature of social networking sites such as Twitter. If it’s real, is the medium becoming too public? Is lifestreaming (and in this case, deathstreaming) too personal, too open?
If it is a hacker, are celebrities leaving themselves too vulnerable to such attacks? They will naturally be targets. Should Twitter and other social networks establish more stringent security protocols for celebrities?
Either way, this is not a good day for Twitter.
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