Twitter can be a fantastic source of breaking news, but as we are all aware, it can also be a fantastic source of shitehawkery - or what Donald Trump might call 'fake news'.
That was the case yesterday evening, when a rumour quickly spread that the 93-year-old Queen Elizabeth II had died.
It stemmed from a screenshot of a WhatsApp message sent by someone called 'Gibbo', which appeared to be a message to his fellow soldiers. In it, he tells them that she had a heart attack, that her death will be announced at 9.30am today and what uniform/gear is required for the next two weeks.
However, if you looked a bit closer at his avatar...
If it’s true that the Queen is dead and it was leaked from a WhatsApp group with an erect penis as it’s profile pic... then I humbly request the programmers of this simulation to wake me the fuck up please. pic.twitter.com/oo7NCXfhPk
— Tez (@tezilyas) December 1, 2019
Needless to say, the Queen has not died - as confirmed this morning by a Royal 'expert':
I see we have reached that time of year where I have to dispel rumours of HM's passing.
The Queen is not dead. She is alive & well and is very much looking forward to hosting President Trump and other world leaders at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday for the NATO reception.
— Charlie Proctor (@MonarchyUK) December 1, 2019
However, the rumour took flight quite quickly and some of the reactions were fairly amusing...
The Queen waking up tomorrow seeing shes been confirmed dead by Twitter https://t.co/FDayLa4uu5
— Jake (@JacobPrice1927) December 1, 2019
Gibbo when it turns out the queen isn’t dead pic.twitter.com/vBanODp3Cf
— Harry (@harryscott45) December 1, 2019
The Queen is dead certain Freddos are overpriced pic.twitter.com/rOO6gzJE8g
— Ciara Knight (@Ciara_Knight) December 1, 2019
queen elizabeth rising from the dead tomorrow to announce that she faked her own death to promote her debut album pic.twitter.com/NTnUuYaUxy
— nat ✿ (@fIaritza) December 1, 2019
The Queen announcing she ain’t dead tomorrow pic.twitter.com/RNq7qu12F5
— Hannah Golden (@antihan_) December 1, 2019
We're all terrified about the implications of deepfake videos when actually it only takes a whatsapp from a lad called Gibbo with a penis profile pic to make people believe the queen is dead.
— Conor Gallagher (@ConorGallaghe_r) December 1, 2019
Who’s going to play Gibbo, Ricey, Josh, Burnsy, Morty and Cheeks in The Crown then?! #queendead
— Vicki (@vickiclark18) December 2, 2019
— Marky (@toontilley) December 2, 2019
uk twitter: oh hey u guys are back early
gibbo: queen’s dead
uk twitter: what?
gibbo: *packing one set of 3s, one set of 4s and two weeks of underwear and socks in a black kit bag and getting back on the rocket-ship* queen’s dead
— alex (@Judoon_Platoon) December 1, 2019
guys calm down the queen isn’t dead, i saw her in pizza express with prince andrew
— jasper !! (@m1n0rthreat) December 1, 2019