False Steve Jobs Death Tweet Creates Internet Panic

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – An erroneous tweet on a CBS Twitter account briefly reported Friday that Steve Jobs had died.

The CBS “What’s Trending” thread tweeted reports of the recently retired Apple Inc. CEO’s death Friday. The post was removed within minutes, but not before the information was re-tweeted by some of the account’s 11,000+ followers.

CBS 5 learned that there have been no recent emergency calls to Jobs’ home address, and it is not clear what prompted the tweet. Apple Inc. representatives have not responded to inquiries.

What’s trending later tweeted:
“Apologies- reports of Steve Job’s death completely unconfirmed. Live on.”

The 56-year-old year-old Jobs, who co-founded Apple in a garage in 1976, is a survivor of pancreatic cancer and previously received a liver transplant. He has been rumored to be in bad health.

Photo Gallery: Steve Jobs Through The Years

Jobs’ last public appearance as Apple’s CEO was in June at the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference, where Apple debuted its upcoming iOS 5 and iCloud efforts.

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One Comment

  1. Victor says:

    Those re-tweeters are idiots! Watch what you’re tweeting please, CBS News, because you know you may confuse many Twitter users. Epic Twitter fail…

    1. Victor says:

      Glad I that used Facebook instead of Twitter.

      1. Victor says:

        If anybody is reading all of this, please stop slamming, hacking, or calling names to CBS and forget that all of this happened. We human beings sometimes make mistakes.

  2. time to re-twitter says:

    would someone pull up that old tweet and re-send it? – the guy is dead now.

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