A bizarre conspiracy theory that claimed Meghan Markle faked her pregnancy with Prince Harry was promoted by Twitter – despite unfounded accusations that the couple “admitted lying to the world”.
The social media giant was forced to stop boosting the tweet as the claims from online magazine TeddyFeed were untrue.
Although the tweet read: “After the release of Archie’s birth certificate Meghan and Harry had no choice but to come clean,” the linked article did not provide evidence of such claims.
Twitter has since admitted the promoted post breached their advertising policy and told Newsweek: "The Tweet you referenced violates our Quality Policy and will no longer be promoted."
TeddyFeed – which claims it offers a “daily dose of pet cuteness, lifestyle tips and all things healthy living” – paid to promote their article despite its inaccuracies.
It alleged the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s first-born son had attracted controversy and was “filled with lies and scandals”.
There were no facts to prove their untrue claims that the royal pair had “come clean” or “admitted to lying”.
Law expert Amber Melville-Brown told Newsweek: "This article is defamatory allegations, inside conspiracy theories, wrapped up as reporting.
"The tweet excites readers to dive in and read on in the expectation that the article will explain how Meghan and Harry 'came clean' and 'admitted to lying to the world about their son' but readers will be sorely disappointed if that's what they're expecting.
"The article may include reams of rumour and column inches of conspiracy theory, but the bait of its headline doesn't land the fish of the accusation.”
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It’s not the first time Harry and Meghan have fallen victim to odd conspiracy theories and earlier this year Meghan’s estranged half-sister Samantha Markle questioned whether Archie and Lilibet “even exist”.
Twitter has said its ad policy cannot promote such claims as it bans content with “exaggerated, sensationalized, misleading, or inaccurate language”.
The Daily Star has reached out to Twitter and TeddyFeed for a further comment.
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