iPhone 4 recall tweet by fake Steve Jobs fools Daily Mail

Red-faced national overlooks "This is a parody account"

The Daily Mail has been duped by a fake Steve Jobs Twitter account running a story online proclaiming the Apple CEO was responsible for the bogus tweet: “We may have to recall the new iPhone. This, I did not expect.”

The killer blow to the national newspaper’s blunder is that the 'ceoSteveJobs' Twitter account from which the quote came, clearly states in the bio: “Of course this is a parody account.”

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Based on the signal loss issues that has plagued the launch of the iPhone 4, the possibility of the 12:17am tweet being made by the Apple boss must have seemed to good to be true for the Daily Mail. In this instance, that proved to be the case.

The issues of signal loss with the iPhone 4 seem to arise when the handset is held in such a way as to cover the lower left corner. When held in this manner, reception can be seen to diminish before disappearing completely.

If the tweet had in fact come from the Apple CEO, it would have offered a more reassuring reaction to the iPhone’s signal issues than the one he actually gave. When returning an email from a disgruntled iPhone 4 customer, Jobs said: “Just avoid holding it that way.”

The article on the Daily Mail website announcing a recall of the iPhone 4 was pulled down later the same day but not before being picked up by a number of commentators. The story remained on the Google News index with a dead link for some time after.