Because our world clearly doesn't have bigger things to worry about,
some asshat someone decided that it would be funny to tweet out a phony announcement that Queen Elizabeth II had died, using the fake account @BBCNewsUKI. (This account has thankfully since been suspended.) According to People, it was posing as legit news outlet @BBCNewsUK.
Predictably, no one fact-checked anything and instead went k-ray-zy posting on Twitter:
Some Twitter users even blamed the press for covering it up.
The 90-year-old Queen missed the annual Christmas church service at Sandringham for the first time in decades this past week because she had a cold, People reports, so many have been worried about her health. But that shouldn't let those who spread — and believed — the hoax off the hook. A couple of lessons here: 1. We're living in the age of fake news. Double-check everything you read. Do you see that "I" at the end of "@BBCNewsUKI"? That makes it different from actual BBC U.K. And don't post something as news until you've verified it! 2. Keep calm and carry on.