BBC Journalist Falsely Tweets That Queen Elizabeth Has Died And Causes Complete Panic

By : Alex Watt |


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Twitter went into meltdown this morning when a tweet from a BBC journalist’s account implied that Queen Elizabeth had passed away after being treated in hospital.

BBC journalist Ahmen Khawaja accidentally sent out the tweet, and although it was pretty swiftly deleted, several other news organisations had already retweeted the erroneous news.

In an official statement, the BBC said:

During a technical rehearsal for an obituary, tweets were mistakenly sent from the account of a BBC journalist saying that a member of the royal family had been taken ill. The tweets were swiftly deleted and we apologise for any offence.

Khawaja herself apologised and dismissed the tweet, commenting that it was a silly prank.

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Unfortunately, the damage was already done and the likes of CNN and Bild had to apologise for reporting the news as fact.

Buckingham Palace later commented that the Queen had in fact been to hospital on Wednesday but only for a routine check-up and she was fine.

It’s amazing how quickly these things can get out of hand! Think before you tweet, people.


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