Fake News Frenzy – Is the Queen Dead or Not?!
Who can you trust? With major Russian newspapers like the Komsomolskaya Pravda, and even the Russian Defense Ministry’s TV channel Zvezda. Reporting last January the 5th that the Queen of England had met her demise. It really was no wonder that Russian citizens were sent into a wild tweeting frenzy when they believed the report to be true!
Zvedza even posted a screenshot purportedly from the official royal website that appeared to be an official announcement of her death. Allegedly containing a statement that Prince Charles had made about the sad supposed loss of his 90-year-old mother. Also, an alleged BBC tweet spread an announcement that Buckingham palace had announced her death, with the circumstances for it were unknown.
The pro-royal media immediately rushed to quell the rumors
By stating that they were all entirely false. Swiftly proving that the supposed BBC tweet that had gone into viral circulation was in truth a fake account created by trolls to look like BBC News (UK). The twitter handle did indeed give away the obvious clue that it was fake.
Despite this, a twitter hashtag was immediately rapidly circulated by suspicious netizens, #mediablackout, amidst claims that the real news was being covered up. Who was spreading the fake news? Notorious attention seeking media outlets like Pravda? Or, was the BBC maliciously controlling the information that the public were receiving?
Was there a conspiracy of population control occurring? Buckingham Palace went on to release an urgent statement declaring that Queen Elizabeth II had not actually died. But there were many people who demanded that she appear before the public to make an urgent statement in person, to prove that she was indeed still living.
Eventually, proof surfaced after the release of pictorial and video evidence that she attended church near her Sandringham Estate on Sunday the 8th of January this year.
Many avid fans of the British Monarchy also had a closer ini-person view of her walking healthily towards the church than even the paparazzi did. Indeed they confirmed that they legitimately saw the real Queen Elizabeth the II, alive and well.
Why Would Vicious Trolls Falsely Declare That the Queen is Dead?
With all the suspicions and distrust segments of the population have for politics and the media, some people do like to test the limits of how fake news can spread. Others are genuine believers in the conspiracies they make claims about. Both will latch on to information that seems to point to their claims. But when examined more closely, the “evidence” doesn’t actually prove those claims.
In this specific case, the Queen had noticeably been absent during the Christmas and New Years period from her traditional church attendances, due to a heavy cold.
Also, a legitimate BBC reporter by the name of Ahmen Khawaja tweeted that the Queen had died. After she was mistaken when watching a royal obituary rehearsal, and thought it was real – it was most clearly not.
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