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No, Queen Elizabeth Has Not Died

The accounts impersonated the BBC.

Last updated on December 29, 2016, at 3:02 p.m. ET

Posted on December 29, 2016, at 3:02 p.m. ET

At least two hoax Twitter accounts designed to look like the BBC tried to spread a false claim that Queen Elizabeth II has died.

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The @BBCNewsUKI account is unverified and its bio miscapitalizes "UK". It has since been suspended, but not before getting more than 400 retweets for its false claim.

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Another fake account with the handle @ClassyCountinho tweeted the same false claim.

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But one look at the account page reveals it's clearly fake.

The account later deleted its tweet about the queen.

The account later deleted its tweet about the queen.

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The accounts managed to fool some influential people on Twitter. GĂ©rard Araud, the French ambassador to the US, fell for the hoax and later corrected himself.

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@GerardAraud/Twitter

A writer for the Hollywood Reporter and the founder of research firm EKOS were also fooled.

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@PamelaDayM/Twitter

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The Queen's health has been a topic of discussion since Buckingham Palace announced she would miss Christmas mass due to a "heavy cold."

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