Queen Elizabeth’s Death Ruled Twitter—But So Did The Trolls
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World leaders and the many admirers Queen Elizabeth II drew during her 70-year reign offered well wishes to the royal family after her death on Thursday, but many of the most popular messages were jokes, criticism or outright hostility towards the late monarch. .
The royal family announced the Queen’s death on Twitter at 1:30 p.m., which became the most popular Tweet a week, according to the social media monitoring company NewsWhip.
The post has garnered almost a million retweets as of Saturday morning and more than 2.5 million likes.
Seven of the top 10 tweets this week were about the Queen’s death, according to NewsWhip, followed by a message from the royal family. Tweet from the fictional Paddington Bear’s narration: “Thank you ma’am for everything.”
But after that, the most popular tweet about the Queen was a joke @onfortunatenatalie loathes the “woke nonsense” about “MAN Queen” following Elizabeth (over 800,000 likes as of Saturday morning, ET).
Tweet from @sifanelepotwana Mocking a BBC video about Elizabath’s “long-term relationship with Africa” as a “rebranding of colonialism” also made the top 10 this week, along with a tweet @roun_sa_ville remembers Elizabeth as “a head of state, a monarch, the mother of several pedophiles and, most importantly, a devoted cousin to her husband”.
Terms such as “black Twitter” and “Irish Twitter” also circulated throughout the day Thursday as groups historically oppressed by the British Empire and colonialism reacted viciously to his death.
Twitter removed perhaps the most hateful tweet about the queen from Carnegie Mellon University professor Uju Anya. He tweeted shortly before the Queen’s death: “Heard the head monarch of the genocidal empire of raping thieves is finally dying. May his pain be unbearable,” which was widely condemned, including by Carnegie Mellon — and most famously by Jeff Bezos, who wrote, “This is supposed to work to improve the world? I do not think so. Wow.” Twitter said the post violated its “abusive behavior.” Anya has refused to apologize.
The royal family’s tweet was the first official announcement of Queen Elizabeth II’s death, with the family saying she “died peacefully at Balmoral”, a castle in the Scottish countryside. The Queen, 96, was the longest-serving monarch in British history. Her 73-year-old son, King Charles III, became monarch after her death and made his first royal appearance on Friday, greeting crowds outside Buckingham Palace, meeting Prime Minister Liz Truss and giving a speech in which he expressed “deep sadness” over her loss. his mother’s death. The Queen’s funeral is expected to take place 10 days after her death as part of a long-term transition plan, but arrangements have not been officially announced.
What to watch out for
The Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II is expected to be one of the most significant events in British history. President Joe Biden announced on Friday that he plans to attend the meeting.
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