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CNN iReport Falsely Claims Jobs Heart Attack

ireport_10-3.jpgSilicon Alley Insider’s Henry Blodget writes about an iReport earlier today on CNN.com that reported Apple CEO Steve Jobs had been hospitalized after a “major heart attack.”

“I have an insider who tells me that paramedics were called after Steve claimed to be suffering from severe chest pains and shortness of breath,” writes the user, JohnTW.

It turned out not to be true, and by 10:20amET the iReport had been removed. But Apple’s stock dropped significantly after the report first circulated, and Blodget writes “we expect this will lead to an SEC investigation.”

CNN gave us this statement regarding the matter:

iReport.com is an entirely user-generated site where the content is determined by the community. Content that does not comply with Community Guidelines will be removed. After the content in question was uploaded to iReport.com, the community brought it to our attention. Based on our Terms of Use that govern user behavior on iReport.com, the fraudulent content was removed from the site and the user’s account was disabled.

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