Margaret Thatcher: Rumours of her death are greatly... etc and so on

 

If Margaret Thatcher had a pound for every time she'd "died" on Twitter she'd almost have enough to outbid FirstGroup for the West Coast Mainline. But, for some morbid reason, a small handful of Twitter users are keen to disseminate – at irregular intervals – the news that the Iron Lady is no longer among us.

On Tuesday evening a real-looking, but fake, Sky News twitter account announced the news. It was soon obvious that it was a prank but it still fooled a few people who should know better and provided further evidence that tweets are regularly not reliable sources – as other "dead" figures, including Lady Gaga, Nelson Mandela and Jon Bon Jovi, will attest.

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