• The BBC fell for a well-known Twitter parody account while covering apparent Zimbabwe coup

    One year ago - By Business Insider

    Zimbabwe is headline news after an apparent military coup.
    The BBC cited zanu pf as the official outlet of Zimbabwe's Zanu PF party.
    In fact, it is a parody which usually posts jokes about murdering hipsters.
    BBC cited the account in online coverage and its flagship "Today" programme.
    The BBC credulously repeated claims about the volatile situation in Zimbabwe made by a well-known parody account it found on Twitter.
    The broadcaster - usually renowned for its high standard of global affairs reporting - described zanu pf as the official account of the ruling party in the country, when in...
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