Twitter plays role in paper’s sudden demise

FORMER deputy prime minister John Prescott yesterday declared: “It’s Twitter Wot Won It!”, in reference to the famous Sun headline.

Campaigners have used the micro blogging site to rally support against the Murdoch empire as the phone hacking scandal unfolded.

Yesterday thousands of tweets a minute spread like wildfire the news of the closure of one of the world’s biggest selling newspapers.

It is understood News International was so worried about sacked reporters logging onto the site, it blocked access before the announcement was made.