Dead Or Alive: Kazuo Ishiguro, a British novelist – On March 22, 2022, a post reporting the death of British novelist Kazuo Ishiguro went viral on social media. “Penguin Random House and Faber Books announces the sudden death of Kazuo Ishiguro,” according to a fake account of publishing house Faber and Faber (abbreviated to Faber). The allegation, however, is false.
According to logically.ai, FaberHouseUK, a parody account of Faber Books, was the first to make the allegation. The account was removed by the owner after other Twitter users began labeling it as false news and condemning it. The false account was apparently created by Tommaso DeBenedetti, an Italian national notorious for past celebrity-related scams, according to a report by fact-checking site Boom.
Tommaso was dubbed “one of the world’s most imaginative and successful false tweeters” by the Guardian. The official account of Faber & Faber, FaberBooks, hasn’t mentioned Ishiguro’s death. There was no such report in the mainstream media, either. We’re labeling this as false since the assertion is unsupported by evidence.