Neil Armstrong Death Tweets Go Viral & Cause Confusion

Tue, August 27, 2013 4:46pm EDT by 4 Comments
Neil Armstrong Twitter Death Hoax
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After ABC News updated an article published last year about Neil’s death on Aug. 25, 2012, the new time stamp caused some confusion on social media when many Twitter users mistakingly assumed that Neil had just passed away in 2013. Read on to find out what really happened.

Neil Armstrong‘s name was trending on Twitter on Aug. 27 after many people shared a year-old story about the legendary astronaut’s death, believing it had just happened. Many reports claimed the confusion was all a hoax, but in reality, it was just a technical glitch!

Neil Armstrong Death Hoax — ABC News Update Causes Confusion On Twitter

On Aug. 27, 2013, ABC News updated an Aug. 25, 2012 article about Neil’s passing with a new video to commemorate the anniversary of his death. The update accidentally changed the timestamp on their mobile site, so when others saw and shared the story, it looked like it was a new story that was published on Aug. 27, 2013. Whoops!

ABC News added the following editor’s note to the original story to explain what happened:

Editor’s Note: This article was written and published on Aug. 25, 2012, the day Neil Armstrong died, and was updated this week with a new video to commemorate the anniversary of Armstrong’s death. This update changed the time stamp on our mobile site, causing some to share the story on social media thinking we had published news of Armstrong’s death today. We regret the confusion caused by the updated time stamp.

Phew. Glad we got to the bottom of that one!

Neil Armstrong Passed On Aug. 25 2012, Putting Rumors To Rest

Neil Armstrong actually passed away Aug. 25, 2012 after undergoing heart surgery earlier that month.

Following the social media mishap, fans, bloggers and news outlets reacted strongly on Twitter.

@corybe tweeted, “The mobile version of the Neil Armstrong obit is dated today, FYI,” while @drblogstein tweeted, “Crazy that Neil Armstrong would die on the first anniversary of his death.”

@Wolfrum wrote, “Neil Armstrong dies once a year now. It’s a space-time thing.”

Neil was on the Apollo 11 spacecraft that landed on the moon on July 20, 1969. When he landed, Neil told everyone on Earth, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

WATCH: First Moon Landing (1969)

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