*Morgan Freeman is not dead, despite a sudden flurry of tweets to the contrary.
The whole thing started with one Thursday afternoon post to Twitter, which claimed the Oscar-winning actor had suddenly died, with CNN supposedly breaking the news.
For a few minutes Thursday afternoon, it seemed like Morgan Freeman had suddenly died, with CNN supposedly breaking the news.
Turns out it was just some guy playing a joke that went viral.
“How did the rumor begin?” Slate.com asks. “Blame it on @originalcjizzle, a guy with nearly 1,500 followers who is fond of calling people ‘jive turkeys.’ Just before 5 p.m. ET, @originalcjizzle tweeted: RT @CNN: Breaking News: actor Morgan Freeman has passed away in his Burbank home<< wow legendary actor #RIPmorganfreeman.”
C. Jizzle’s post feigned CNN’s authority; anyone can perform a manual retweet regardless of its veracity.
“This is a common way to begin a hoax on the social network,” Slate writes. “Nobody fact-checks anything on Twitter, so faking a CNN retweet is a good way to get your fake death notice to go viral.”