Recently a fake BBC Twitter account falsely claimed that Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe has tested positive for coronavirus.
It was tweeted “BREAKING: Daniel Radcliffe tests positive for coronavirus. The actor is said to be the first famous person to be publicly confirmed.” But later the tweet was removed for false statement.
Many misinformation regarding the coronavirus is spreading and it was one of the special cases that spread fake news about a popular star. The page has suspected of violating Twitter rules and guidelines. But the tweet was up for more than seven hours and shared at least 762 times. With only 125 followers the account collected thousands of likes before the post was taken down.
Later the journalists have apologized for sharing the fake post. Journalist Hounshell tweeted, “Apologies, folks – fooled by a fake BBC account.” The other journalist Haberman tweeted, “Earlier today, I used a fake BBC account and un-RTed when a very helpful reader flagged it. My apologies for the confusion.”
More than 15 states in the U.S. have declared a state of emergency. The 2020 Coachella and Stagecoach Festivals have officially been rescheduled for coronavirus fears. In this situation, the news of being positive for coronavirus for such a popular star like Daniel Radcliffe was very shocking. Fortunately, Daniel shuts down the coronavirus claim promptly.