Fake Twitter Account That Announced Death of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is Exposed as Italian Hoaxer Tommasso De Benedetti
A fake Twitter account, claiming to be Bishop Georg Bätzing, the head of the German Bishops' Conference, sent out a Tweet saying that Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI was dead. Tommasso De Benedetti, a well known Twitter hoaxer, sent out the tweet on Monday (see image below), July 11, 2022. The account used the handle @BischofBatzing and was later removed by Twitter. However, the tweet went viral causing many to believe that Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, who is 95 years old, had died.
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