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The Biggest Risk to Social Media Stocks Right Now

A successful hack of The Associated Press' Twitter feed led to an erroneous report that there had been an attack on The White House, resulting in injuries to President Obama. The market briefly plummeted on the fake report.

Like it or not, social media have become our default news gathering mechanism. Facebook (NASDAQ: FB  ) , Twitter, and LinkedIn (NYSE: LNKD  ) all have a responsibility to secure their networks more than they do now. Breaches move too fast not to, says Tim Beyers of Motley Fool Rule Breakers and Motley Fool Supernova in the following interview with The Motley Fool's Erin Miller.

In the interim, social media monitoring services are an interesting back-up. Like an early warning system, they alert us when unusual events are making their way across the networks so that we can act to counter false claims or actively combat hacks. Salesforce.com (NYSE: CRM  ) is a leader in this space via its Radian6 business, Tim says.

Are you investing in social media? Please watch this short video to get Tim's full take, and then leave a comment to let us know which social media stocks you're betting on (or against) now, and why.

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Tim Beyers first began writing for the Fool in 2003. Today, he's an analyst for Motley Fool Rule Breakers and Motley Fool Supernova. At Fool.com, he covers disruptive ideas in technology and entertainment, though you'll most often find him writing and talking about the business of comics. Find him online at timbeyers.me or send email to tbeyers@fool.com. For more insights, follow Tim on Google+ and Twitter.

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