Twitter admits it verified fake Wendi Deng account

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 The fake account was created Jan. 1, one day after the real Murdoch created an account, @rupertmurdoch.

The account tweeted at talk show hosts and chastised Murdoch for saying Britons take too many vacations.

Twitter added a check mark graphic to the account, indicating that it belonged to the real Deng.

"And you have to wonder even more why Twitter verified this account for a full day," the fake Wendi Deng account tweeted after admitting the hoax. "I never received any communication from them about this."

The confusion may have begun when a spokeswoman for Murdoch's company, News International, told British reporters that the account was genuine. She later corrected her mistake.

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