Justin Bieber, Biggest Twitter Death Hoax Victim: 'Heartbreaker' Singer, One Direction's Zayn Malik, Chris Brown & Rihanna Top 'Dead' & 'RIP' Online Rumors

By Jon Niles, Mstars Reporter | Aug 23, 2013 12:54 PM EDT
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Twitter is a dangerous tool especially in terms of spreading rumors. Celebrities know this all too well, but what if the rumors were actually death hoaxes? It seems that the biggest names on Twitter are the biggest names in being falsely reported as being deceased on the popular social networking site. Justin Bieber is reportedly rumored to be dead the most out of anyone on Twitter! Right up there with him are Zayn Malik of One Direction as well as former R&B/Pop couple Chris Brown and Rihanna. Just to be clear, none of these people are dead!

According to Synthesio, a global social media and analysis company, Justin Bieber is falsely reported as being dead roughly every two weeks on Twitter!

Catriona Oldershaw, UK managing director of Synthesio, released a statement regarding this news stating:

"Rumors of major celebrity deaths are a constant feature of Twitter. But what is interesting about Justin Bieber is how prevalent and regular the reports are. The volume of tweets is also increasing, with the latest rumor spread by 2,600 users in one day.

"Reports of Zayn Malik's demise are particularly strange as he is the only member of One D who is a regular subject of these rumors. It may be because Zayn is the only band member who is not a regular tweeter, meaning that rumors about him are harder to dispel quickly.

"There are a number of reasons these rumors spread. In Justin and Zayn's case, their young and fanatical fan base is probably one of the major factors, with vocal users quick to pass on information without fact-checking. In terms of where the rumors come from in the first place, wider research indicates that it's often rival fans starting RIP rumors as a form of trolling."

Were you ever tricked into thinking one of these pop stars was actually dead thanks to a false Twitter post? Let us know in the comments section!

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