A minute’s silence in Austria’s parliament for a former chancellor who after all… wasn’t dead

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A post on Twitter that said her former chancellor had died Austria Franz Vranicki, led yesterday (29/11) to observe a minute’s silence at a parliamentary committee meeting.

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A lawmaker from the Social Democratic Party of Austria (SPÖ), who is not active on Twitter, was informed of the post by a colleague who sent her a message via the WhatsApp application, the SPÖ spokesman explained to the German News Agency (dpa) and relays the Athenian News agency.

The SPÖ caucus then called for a minute’s silence in memory of the former Social Democratic Party leader at the ongoing Social Affairs Committee meeting.

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A few minutes later, however, it was found that the news about Vranitsky’s death was fake news and that it had been tweeted by a fake account purporting to belong to the conservative agriculture minister, Norbert Totschnig. Naturally, the necessary clarification was made and explanations were given at the parliamentary committee meeting.

Franz Vranitsky, 85, was Chancellor of Austria from 1986 to 1997.

Source: News Beast

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