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02-10-2012, 04:11 PM
The Chinese micro-blogging service Weibo has exploded with rumors that new North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un was assassinated today at the North Korean embassy in Beijing. Twitter death rumors are totally cross-cultural.
Here's one version of the rumor, cleaned up from the crappy Google translation:
According to reliable sources, North Korean leader [Kim Jong-Un was killed] in Beijing in February 10 2012, at 2 o'clock and 45 minutes. Unknown persons broke into his residence shot and were subsequently shot and killed by the bodyguard.
Official Internet Rule: Any (Chinese) Twitter post that begins with "according to reliable sources" is almost certainly fake. But this hasn't stopped Chinese netizens from speculating that the killing was a military coup, and posting blurry pictures purporting to show an unusual number of vehicles parked at the North Korean embassy. ChinaSMACK staff writer Joe Xu suggests reports of large number of cars at the embassy may have sparked the rumor. "Rumors like this pop up every other week," he writes on Twitter.
02-10-2012, 04:25 PM
Twitter, Weibo Spread Rumors of North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un's Assassination
By Lucas Shaw at TheWrap
Did social media just prematurely kill off the leader of North Korea?
Rumors that Kim Jong-un, the country’s supreme leader, has been assassinated just months after he took power originated on Chinese microblogging service Weibo and have now spread all over Twitter.
Others are reporting that Jong-un, believed to be 28 years old, may be on the run rather than dead, but both reports claim that some kind of coup is taking place.
One person on Weibo wrote (loose translation): "north korea's biggest leader kim jung un, this morning in beijing time 2:45 am, had his residence broken into and was assassinated by unidentified people, who were shot dead by his bodyguards in korea's embassy in beijing, vehicles are rapidly increasing in number, and have surpassed 30 of them, this sort of battle formation hasn't been seen in over two years. please verify this."
The rumors remain unsubstantiated. However, the reports are beginning to attract a great deal of attention, especially now that a couple of American news outlets including the Atlantic Wire have reported on them.
Weibo is in many ways the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, and disseminates news at a rapid pace. People were tipped off that there was something happening that involved Jong-Un, who succeeded his late father Kim Jong-Il, because of the mass of cars parked outside of his resident.
MSNBC reporting: It is now saying that kim jong un,although being dead viciously chewed the arm off the doctor while mumbling the dead can walk with his mouth full of arm.Said chris matthews,I have a tingle running up my leg when I hear obamas name.
02-10-2012, 04:40 PM
Official breaking news:
He is dead...................... he was killed with multiple shots of b-12 and a radish held by michelle Obama... unkown what the used condoms were in reference to
02-10-2012, 05:06 PM
He's as dead as Monty Python's parrot...
But, he's feelin' much better now. 'E got over it.
02-10-2012, 05:39 PM
Official breaking news:
He is dead...................... he was killed with multiple shots of b-12 and a radish held by michelle Obama... unkown what the used condoms were in reference too......................
..............................................Pric eless!!!!!!!!!.................................... ...............
02-10-2012, 07:22 PM
Ding Dong the jong is dead..
02-10-2012, 07:30 PM
I doubt its true...
02-10-2012, 07:55 PM
Probably a ruse to flush out any locals that aren't on board with the new reprobate.
Kim Jong-un the Great Leader was shot and killed. He came back to life and assumed his body and the bodies of Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and their cohorts.
Return to your seats, nothing has changed.
02-11-2012, 03:59 AM
Twitter abuzz with rumor of Kim Jong-un assassination, US officials say he's just fine
By Trevor Mogg | Digital Trends
The latest person to get caught up in the Twitter rumor mill is the new North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un. According to reports, news that the leader of the reclusive nation has been assassinated on a visit to Beijing quickly spread around the world via social media websites on Friday.
One US official said they believed there was no truth in the claim, saying “Our experts are monitoring the situation and we see no abnormal activity on the [Korean] peninsula and nothing that credits that tweet as accurate.”
It appears the rumor originated in China on microblogging site Sina Weibo, a service similar to Twitter and one that boasts 250 million users. At some point on Friday, the rumor made the jump to Twitter, and as you can imagine, once the retweet frenzy kicked in, the (fake) news went global.
The claim was that Kim Jong-un had been shot dead while visiting the North Korean embassy in the Chinese capital. By Friday evening there were around 380,000 posts on Sina Weibo referring to the rumor, though apparently many of the tweets expressed skepticism about the news.
However, many Twitter users were convinced it was true after two apparent BBC Twitter accounts confirmed reports. However, the BBC has since said that those Twitter accounts were fake and have now been removed. When you have a major news site like the BBC caught up in an incident like this, it’s not hard to see how rumors spread so fast.
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