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Tuesday 23 September 2014

Twitter beats Obama in race to break bin Laden death news

Osama bin Laden
Afghan men point at a television screen as the killing of Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden is announced in Kabul
Crowds celebrate on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House in Washington, early Monday, May 2, 2011, after President Barack Obama announced that Osama bin Laden had been killed. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Donald Rumsfeld's chief of staff Keith Urbahn is being credited as the first person to break the news of the death of Osama bin Laden on Twitter today.





Even before President Barak Obama confirmed the killing at 10:30pm, US Eastern time, Twitter was buzzing with rumours and speculation.

Tweets from Pakistan reported gunfire and a helicopter coming down in Abbotabad, about 30 miles from the Pakistani capital Islamabad.





On Facebook, the group "Osama Bin Laden is DEAD" had attracted 250,000 "likes" within hours of the news filtering through social media.





keithurbahn 6 hours ago



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So I'm told by a reputable person they have killed Osama Bin Laden. Hot damn.





keithurbahn 6 hours ago



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Don't know if its true, but let's pray it is.





keithurbahn 6 hours ago



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Ladies, gents, let's wait to see what the President says. Could be misinformation or pure rumor.





keithurbahn 6 hours ago



Around the world, media outlets scrambled to confirm the news, while still waiting for Mr Obama to officially announce the Al Qaeda leader's death...

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