FYI: there is a fake account purporting to be Piers Morgan which is tweeting false information about Nelson Mandela. Real one: @piersmorgan—
(@Storyful) June 08, 2013
Nelson Mandela remains hospitalized in “serious but stable” condition, but a phony Twitter account has fooled many into believing Piers Morgan announced Mandela’s death. The fake announcement was re-tweeted over a thousand times:
Breaking news: Nelson Mandela's spokesman has confirmed the tragic news that the former leader died earlier this afternoon in his sleep.—
Piers Morgan (@piersrnorgan) June 08, 2013
Note the handle: @Piersrnorgan.
Astute Twitter users took notice:
I expect Piers Norgan is going to have some serious explaining to do to his bosses in Atlamta—
Steve Cochran (@CochranShow) June 09, 2013
Is it possible so many others were fooled because what the fake Morgan tweeted was as inaccurate as things the real Morgan tweets? Just asking.
The real Piers Morgan asks for assistance:
Don’t say we’ve never helped you out, Piers.