‘#TrumpIsDead’ Trends On Twitter As Users Test Musk’s Pledge

GRUENHEIDE, GERMANY - AUGUST 13: Tesla CEO Elon Musk talks during a tour of the plant of the future foundry of the Tesla Gigafactory on August 13, 2021 in Grünheide near Berlin, Germany. The US company plans to build around 500,000 of the compact Model 3 and Model Y series here every year. (Photo by Patrick Pleul - Pool/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • Tweets of Donald Trump’s death have been greatly exaggerated.
  • You may have woken up to #TrumpIsDead trending on Twitter this morning, and swiped over to your news app of choice to find out more.
  • Of course, there would have been no such story there. The former US president is alive and well – to coin one of his favourite phrases, this hashtag was a stone-cold case of fake news.
  • But in a coordinated attempt to test Elon Musk‘s stance on disinformation on the platform following his takeover, trending topics in the US and beyond were for hours topped with news of Mr Trump‘s apparent demise.

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