The tweet has already been RT’d more than 5,000 times, copied by dozens of others, and posted and shared widely on Facebook.
Just one problem, though: The whole thing is a spoof – by none other than The Sun itself.
The warning signs should be pretty obvious. Tim Berners-Lee is generally credited with inventing the World Wide Web rather than the whole internet, and it launched in March 1989 – not 1992.
The internet itself dates back to the 1960s, when it was known as the ARPANET – by 1969 it had a massive four computers hooked up to the network.
But if such cornerstones of geek history weren’t enough to trigger alarm bells, then there was one slightly more obvious clue: The reporter’s byline was “DOT COMME”. The clue’s right there, guys.
The report actually originates from a collection of spoof educational articles The Sun produced to show how it would report the entirety of human history – including the Big Bang itself, which predates the newspaper’s launch by a little over 13.7 billion years.
This isn’t the first time this particular hoax has caught out Twitter users: It did the rounds before in 2012, when among others it caught out Martha Lane-Fox, an adviser to the government on the digital economy, who tweeted, according to the Press Gazette:
@MarthaLaneFox: hilarious. how the sun newspaper reported tim b-l discovery of www