How Twitter Killed Morgan Freeman: The Anatomy of a Rumour

On Thursday December 16th at approximately 5 p.m. eastern time, Morgan Freeman died - at least according to twitter. 24 hours later, Morgan Freeman is (thankfully) still alive, CNN is denying responsibility for the rumour, and the tweet has been removed. A breakdown of the incident reveals that, especially in the social media era, you can't believe everything you read.

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On Thursday December 16th at approximately 5 p.m. Eastern Time, Morgan Freeman died – at least according to twitter. 24 hours later, Morgan Freeman is (thankfully) still alive, CNN is denying responsibility for the rumour, and the tweet has been removed. A breakdown of the incident reveals that, especially in the social media era, you can’t believe everything you read.

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