- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 11, 2016

“A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on,” Winston Churchill once quipped. Were the late great British prime minister alive today, he might have updated it to say a false tweet gets completely around the world before the truth starts to feel a draft on its legs.

Twitter is denying it will shut down in early 2017 after a rumor to that effect spread on social media outlets this week, The Guardian reported Thursday.

The rumor stemmed from outspoken YouTuber BradTheLadLong taking Twitter to task for not doing enough to combat abuse and cyberbulling, and word quickly spread that he had somehow convinced the social media site to shut down in 2017, The Guardian reported.

The ensuing panic grew large enough that a company spokesperson had to address the matter, telling BBC there there is “no truth to this claim whatsoever.”

Regardless of how credible Twitter users found the rumors, the #savetwitter hashtag that cropped up Thursday generated a fair amount of users sharing their appreciation for the social media outlet.

“Twitter is more global than others. I can get the latest news, get a lot of nu friends around the world,” offered an Indonesian user concerned about the service possibly ending.

“Twitter makes us want to have drinks with people we don’t know-Facebook makes us want to drink because of the people we do know,” quipped author and stock trader Steve Burns. 

While popular among avid users, Twitter has long had problems retaining the attention of curious sign-ups who abandon the service for lack of interest.

What’s more, the company has not proven profitable. Time magazine reported that the company revealed in February that it has lost more than $2 billion since its launch in 2006.

All the same, Twitter has recently been suggested as potentially ripe for a buyout from a profitable, well-established tech company such as Google or Microsoft.

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