The Spammy Afterlife of Andrew Breitbart’s Twitter Feed

Andrew Breitbart (via Wizbang Blog)

Though arch-conservative provocateur Andrew Breitbart may have passed away suddenly this week at 43, some enterprising spammer has ensured his Twitter feed has an afterlife. At 3:32 on Saturday, those who follow the late pundit were surprised to find the following pop up in their Twitter timelines:

The tweet was definitely posted on the real Breitbart Twitter account, complete with his Twitter-issued “verified” button.

Reactions ran the gamut, from perplexed to outraged:


There were reports on social media that Breitbart’s Facebook page was also hacked but if so it was quickly taken care of. The offending tweet was removed within a half-hour of posting Saturday afternoon.

Spammers have always been an issue on Twitter in particular, but this may mark the first time a spammer/hacker unwittingly drew so much attention to his or her product.

A check of domain registration information on the spam link tweeted via Breitbart’s account revealed it was registered to a Russian address. This will likely not curb the appetite some have shown in the days since Breitbart’s passing for imagining there is some kind of conspiracy surrounding his death.