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#SaveTwitter: Tweeters go into meltdown as hoax wrongly claims the social network will close in 2017

#SaveTwitter has been trending in the UK and the US / #SaveTwitter

Twitter users have been duped into thinking the social network is closing down in 2017 thanks to a hoax hashtag.

#SaveTwitter has been the number one trend in the UK and the US this morning (11 August), despite Twitter confirming to The Drum and other publications that there is no truth to the rumours.

The claims appeared to imply that Twitter has being shut down because of its ongoing issues around abuse and bullying online, which it has been making moves to combat.

While the origins of the speculation aren't clear, tweeters have been taking to the platform to plead with Twitter not to close its doors.

Even Twitter's UK managing director Bruce Daisley got in on the hashtag.

And others poked fun at the wild conspiracy theory.

Regardless of the speculation, Twitter enthusiasts can rest assured that the site isn't going anywhere quite yet.

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