Friday, December 17, 2010

Rumor is false! Morgan Freeman Alive and Well

Morgan Freeman is one of my favorite actors so I was a bit startled to come across this while doing a routine search on @Alexa to see what most people are searching for on the web:

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What people are searching for on the web right now...

I was a bit relieved when I found out it was a hoax... ~ Storm'n Norm'n
ps: I used to have a dream that someday Morgan Freeman would invite me out on his sailboat...yeah, I know! Wishful thinking will get you nowhere.
Source: New York Daily News
Morgan Freeman dead? Actor is alive and well, but Twitter hoax had countless users fooled
Morgan Freeman died on Thursday -- not in real
life, but according to a
Twitter hoax that duped
countless users.

Though the actor is alive and well, a rumor rocketed
across the internet on Thursday that
CNN had reported his death."RT @CNN: Breaking News: actor Morgan Freeman
has passed away in his
Burbank home," many Twitter
users posted on Thursday evening.

On Twitter, a post starting with the letters RT
indicates that a user is simply re-tweeting what
another user has said.

Confusion continued to spread as Twitter users "re-tweeted" or re-posted the post purportedly from CNN.
The post was re-tweeted by many other media outlets, including LiveNewsWire and ESPN's Bruce Feldman, as well as Borders headquarters.
This epidemic of re-tweets caused many to believe that CNN had posted the news, and others were simply passing it on.
But CNN's Twitter account did not display the original post, leading users to wonder whether it had been deleted as a retraction, or was potentially hacked.
"Now I'm curious if CNN even tweeted a statement about Morgan Freeman, or if someone simply hoaxed the tweet with a 'RT @CNN,'" one user wrote.
CNN itself cleared up the rumors on Thursday evening with a post to its official Twitter page.
"CNN did not report Morgan Freeman death," the network stated.
"Rumor is false. CNN will aggressively investigate this hoax."

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