Media Moves

CNN hands over info to SEC about Jobs heart attack poster

October 3, 2008

Jessica Mintz of the Associated Press reports that CNN has provided information to the Securities and Exchange Commission regarding a person who posted on its iReport.com site that Apple CEO Steve Jobs had a heart attack, causing its stock price to drop.

IReport.comMintz writes, “CNN spokeswoman Jennifer Martin said the SEC contacted iReport.com Friday afternoon, and that the site’s staff is ‘doing its best to provide them with information about the posting.’

“Martin said that ‘Johntw,’ the author of the Steve Jobs post, had never posted in iReport.com before. She did not know when the person joined the site.

“IReport.com’s ‘citizen journalists’ are not required to give their real name when registering, though they must submit a working e-mail address. CNN is a unit of Time Warner Inc.”

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