(HAVANA) — Cuban state media blasted Twitter on Wednesday for a rumor that spread on the social networking site earlier this week claiming that former President Fidel Castro had died.
According to the Cubadebate website, the rumor was initiated by an account holder using an Italian server. Cubadebate alleged that even after the account was deactivated, Twitter permitted the hash tag “fidelcastro” to become a trending topic, ensuring that false news of Castro’s death would spread.
Meanwhile, the Cuban government also blamed anti-Castro expatriates for helping to fuel the rumor, calling them “necrophiliac counterrevolutionaries.”
While the 85-year-old Castro has not been in the best of health in recent years, these reports about his death hold no truth.
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