If Margaret Thatcher was to die, would you expect the news to first emerge from the French media rather than the British?
And, if you were a French media outlet actively posting news via Twitter, would you believe an unverified account claiming to be Carla Bruni if she was the one to reveal the news of the demise of Britain’s former Prime Minister “officially”?
Unfortunately, @LesNews did mistakenly report the death of Margaret Thatcher this evening – causing rumours of her death to sweep across the service, but strangely no confirmation from any other news outlets.
A little digging revealed that the news appeared to have originated from an unofficial-looking account claiming to belong to Carla Bruni, the wife of recently deposed French president Nicolas Sarkozy.
The @CBruniOfficial Twitter account, which you will notice does not carry a “verified” icon, announced the “news” of Thatcher’s death, claiming that it had just been announced by the British Ambassador. I don’t…
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