A Twitter account that seemingly ‘predicted’ the Paris terror attacks has made some people believe the whole thing was a conspiracy.
The @PZBooks account sent out a tweet on November 11 - two days before terrorists launched their deadly rampage across the French capital - that referenced the attacks and detailed how many had been killed.
It read: “BREAKING: Death toll from Paris terror attack rises to at least 120 with 270 others injured.”
Some people were understandably confused about the tweet:
It is understandably confusing, with some people demanding answers from both Twitter and world governments.’
However, there is actually a simple explanation - the @PZBooks account is a spambot that creates randomly generated headlines using phrases and words tweeted out from the @PZF account.
In this case it merged a headline from January about the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris with figures from a Nigerian Mosque attack in November last year:
The result is undeniably coincidental - but it seems to be nothing more than that.
Twitter has now removed the @PZBooks account.