The latest celebrity to fall prey to a fake death post on Facebook is Celine Dion. According to two separate Facebook applications, the musician had been killed in a collision involving a vehicle or an aircraft. And there is no evidence to support these assertions! The vocalist known for “I’m Alive” is very much still with us.
The bogus postings, which purport to be from Fox News and CNN and say “R.I.P. Celine Dion 1968 – 2013?” and “Her heart will continue?” respectively, have been shared online. Celine Dion died in an automobile accident.”
“Breaking News from Hollywood: Celine Dion Has Passed Away. Celine Dion passed away due to injuries sustained in an aircraft accident at 11 a.m. Eastern Time on Sunday, October 20. Global Associated also known as Mediafetcher is the company that is to blame for the news.
According to contactmusic.com, a CNN snippet reported that “Celine Dion is thought dead in a private jet accident.” Global states that Celine died today at “Denver Peak Regional Airport.”
On the other hand, the bogus post that was published by Fox News said the following: “Investigators have informed reporters that Celine Dion lost control while driving a friend’s automobile on Interstate 80 and rolled the vehicle multiple times, killing her immediately.”
At the time of the collision, it is thought that the car was going at about 95 miles per hour in a zone with a speed limit of 55 miles per hour.
According to about.com, these applications are malicious and can access the member profile information of other users to post on their behalf. The purpose of the program is to replicate itself and one way it does this is by posting blurbs on the sites of all of the members of a user’s buddy list.
In March of 2012, when ‘RIP Celine Dion’ started trending globally on Twitter, the same allegations first appeared on a website that was intended to be a hoax. The program had the intention of using the false reports that it generated for its purposes.
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