Northern Ireland Minister Chris Heaton-Harris said someone had spread a fake email about him claiming he was resigning.
r Heaton-Harris has clarified that he has not resigned from his role after the email circulated.
The fake statement was emailed to print titles on the Northern Ireland Office (NIO) circulation list on Wednesday evening.
The Conservative MP described the content of the email as “complete and utter rubbish” and urged Elon Musk to eliminate fake news on Twitter as one of his first steps as CEO of the tech giant.
It comes after the Northern Ireland minister extended the deadline for calling a new general election in Stormont to January 19.
Mr Heaton-Harris said: “Hello Twitter! Someone sent a fake email to press offices saying I resigned.
“That’s completely wrong. I hope one of @elonmusk’s first steps is to eliminate fake news on Twitter… Very exciting I know, but completely and utterly tosh.”
The fake email contained fake quotes from the Northern Ireland minister giving reasons for his alleged resignation.
A short time later, a legitimate email was sent from the NIO with the subject “Fake email tonight”.
A spokeswoman said an email was sent with a “false quote from the Secretary of State”.
She urged media representatives to “ignore this email, which is not a verified government account.”
https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/chris-heaton-harris-says-someone-is-spreading-fake-news-about-him-resigning-42132902.html Chris Heaton-Harris says someone is spreading fake news about him resigning