Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe has been pressured to disclaim he has coronavirus, after falling sufferer to a social media hoax on Twitter.
A faux BBC Twitter account claimed that the actor had examined constructive for Covid-19, main some followers to be fooled by the put up.
The tweet learn: “BREAKING: Daniel Radcliffe tests positive for coronavirus. The actor is said to be the first famous person to be publicly confirmed.”
Radcliffe’s publicist informed Buzfeed News when requested whether or not he had examined constructive for the virus: “Not true.”
The account in query has since been suspended for violating Twitter guidelines and tips.
Explaining why they selected to focus on Radcliffe, one member of the group behind the hoax informed Buzzfeed: “We needed someone who was famous but not famous enough to be unbelievable.”
“We [found] a celebrity that people care about but [didn’t] really have relevant fame,” mentioned one other. “People love Daniel Radcliffe as a childhood star, but he isn’t popular on social media.”
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Fears over coronavirus (Covid-19) have led to the cancellations of a lot of occasions worldwide.
Earlier this week, it was introduced that the discharge of Peter Rabbit 2, which was set to hit theatres on March 27, has now been pushed again to August 7.
It’s the second movie to have its launch affected by the Covid-19 outbreak, after the 25th James Bond instalment No Time to Die additionally just lately introduced its postponement.
For extra data on how the coronavirus is affecting the movie and TV trade, head over to our round-up article.
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