Fidel Castro, as seen back in August.
Fidel Castro, as seen back in August.
via Cuba

Those Fidel Castro Death Rumors Sweeping Twitter Are Almost Certainly Bogus

People who believe a Twitter account created yesterday might as well have been born yesterday. 

Yet the social media site is awash this morning with rumors that Fidel Castro has died. This is despite not a single actual news source reporting as much ... and the rumors all seem to trace back to the @PresCuba Twitter account that was literally created yesterday and has tweeted nothing but news of Castro's death. . 

Seems very odd that the "President of Cuba" would set up an account and just happen to use it for the very first time to tweet out the news of the death of his brother. 

Of course, some people apparently believe it. 

The rumor became so widespread that it was actually trending in several Latin American countries. 

Alas, no independent news sources have confirmed or even bothered to report on the rumor, and that day-old Twitter account seems to be the only source. 

Which, of course, lead to rumor backlash. 

And parodies. 

False rumors of Castro's death are basically an internet tradition at this point, popping up at least a few times each year. At 88 years old and in visibly frail health, false news of Castro's death do seem more and more believable each time. Though, we'd assume that the Cuban regime would tightly control the news. You'd know when Cuba wants you to know. 

Castro, by the way, was last seen in public earlier this month, his first public appearance in over 18 months.

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