BBC reporter apologises for false tweet about ‘death of the Queen announcement’

A BBC reporter has been forced to apologise after tweeting that the Queen had died when she hadn't.

As soon as the news broke that Her Majesty, 96, was under medical supervision earlier today (September 8) fake Twitter accounts began tweeting far worse news.

The official statement from Buckingham Palace said: “Following further evaluation this morning, the Queen's doctors are concerned for Her Majesty's health and have recommended she remain under medical supervision.

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“The Queen remains comfortable and at Balmoral.”

However, a few hours later, at around 3pm, a whole host of fake Twitter accounts posing as BBC News started tweeting that the Queen had died.

Using fake BBC News breaking graphics, they carried no links to stories and looked obviously fake – especially if you had read the Twitter handles.

But some BBC journalists were fooled by it, and apologies quickly flowed.

One such apology came from BBC World News' Impact host Yalda Hakim.

She tweeted: “tweeted that there had been an announcement about the death of the Queen.

“This was incorrect, there has been no announcement, and so I have deleted the tweet.

“I apologise.”

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And National Security reporter for the Wall Street Journal Vivian Salama tweeted: “1000 apologies all.

“I retweeted news about the Queen from what appears to be a fake BBC account.

“Good reminder to double check even the most authentic-looking tweets!”

And Aditi Agrawal, of News Laundry, wrote: “My apologies for retweeting wrong information about the Queen.

“I have deleted that tweet.”

No further update had been given by Buckingham Palace on the Queen's health at the time of writing.

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