Twitter has become one of the most important media tools in our modern world. It is a great way for news broadcasters to break stories globally almost instantly. Twitter was where I first learnt of the death of Michael Jackson, the earthquake and tsunami in Japan and most recently the death of Whitney Houston.
It is this ability for it to spread news easily that is becoming increasingly being exploited. People can easily create fake stories and more often than not people are killing off famous people. All it takes is a group of people to tweet RIP with the name of a certain person and it quickly becomes a trending topic and spreads like wildfire.
Adele, Cher, Taylor Swift and Chris Brown have all been victims of hoax RIP tweets. Today I woke to find RIP Madonna trending. Clearly after just a couple of seconds of investigation it was undoubtedly a hoax but I feel this “joke” has gone far enough. The truth is that it was never funny. How people find this a good way to spend their time is beyond me.
It is thought that this latest rumour was started by the fans of Lady Gaga who have created their own bitter rivalry with Madonna’s fans. This comes after a long campaign against Madonna by Gaga’s “little monsters” which has included a sick website that joked about the death of Madonna’s mother. Madonna’s manager responded to the latest rumour by tweeting – “The Queen is alive and well”.
I can only come to the conclusion that Lady Gaga herself is oblivious to this campaign of hate being carried out in her name. Gaga’s message has always been about love, respect and is very vocal in her stance against bullying. Her fans should be ashamed of themselves.
Last weekend I woke up to find RIP Whitney Houston trending. Sadly on this occasion it turned out not to be a hoax. Whitney fans had lost their idol and a girl had lost her Mother.
It is time that this trend for starting hoax death rumours is consigned to history. It is not funny and it is not clever. Most people have better and more productive things to do with their time. I think there are certain stars with huge numbers of followers who have to speak out and take a stand against this. If Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber and the boys from One Direction all spoke out against this it would make a big difference to the twitter population.