• Fri, Dec 17 2010

Morgan Freeman Is Not Dead, And 7 Other Stars ‘Killed’ By Twitter

Blink and you may have missed the death of Morgan Freeman yesterday: a Twitter handle named @originalcjizzle falsely accredited @CNN to a tweet claiming that the actor had died in his Burbank home. Twitter started going berzerk and since CNN never issued a retraction (because they never wrote the story in the first place), for about an hour there the Internets were busy making March of the Penguin/Se7en memorial mashups.

Call it the Michael Jackson effect: after many of us found out about the pop star’s death via Twitter in 2008, the micro-blogging service became the hub of fake celebrity mortalities. We thought they reached a peak last year, but with Morgan’s false-demise, Twitter deaths are coming back from the grave.

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