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Onion Twitter joke prompts serious response

Posted By admin On September 30, 2011 @ 3:02 am In U.S. News | Comments Disabled

Ed O’Keefe
Washington Post [1]
Sept 30, 2011

Just hours after federal officials arrested a man alleged to have plotted an actual attack on the Capitol, the U.S. Capitol Police [2] aren’t laughing about a joke tweet suggesting a similar siege.

The Onion, a satirical newspaper, wrote this on its Twitter feed Thursday morning:

BREAKING: Capitol building being evacuated. 12 children held hostage by group of armed congressmen.#CongressHostage [3]Thu Sep 29 14:44:50 [4]via HootSuite [5]Onion Twitter joke prompts serious response onion logo 03 L normal [6]The Onion [6]

The newspaper followed the “breaking news” tweet with a link to a satirical article [7] suggesting that House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) is serving as spokesman for a “bipartisan group” of congressional hostage-takers. Subsequent messages appeared to provide real-time updates of the completely fictional situation.

The Capitol Police reacted angrily.

Full article here [1]

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[1] Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/federal-eye/post/onion-twitter-joke-prompts-serious-response/2011/09/29/gIQAqQmL7K_blog.html

[2] U.S. Capitol Police: http://www.uscapitolpolice.gov/

[3] #CongressHostage: http://search.twitter.com/search?q=%23CongressHostage

[4] Thu Sep 29 14:44:50 : http://twitter.com/TheOnion/status/119422387841282050

[5] HootSuite: http://www.hootsuite.com/

[6] Image: http://twitter.com/TheOnion

[7] a link to a satirical article: http://www.theonion.com/articles/congress-takes-group-of-schoolchildren-hostage,26207/

[8] Twitter joke trial: authorities akin to ‘The Stasi’, says Al Murray: http://www.prisonplanet.com/twitter-joke-trial-authorities-akin-to-the-stasi-says-al-murray.html

[9] Man arrested under Terrorism Act for Doncaster airport Twitter joke: http://www.prisonplanet.com/man-arrested-under-terrorism-act-for-doncaster-airport-twitter-joke.html

[10] Ron Paul Camp Mocks Huntsman On Twitter: “We Found Your One Iowa Voter”: http://www.prisonplanet.com/ron-paul-camp-mocks-huntsman-on-twitter-we-found-your-one-iowa-voter.html

[11] AP Twitter account hacked in fake ‘White House blasts’ post: http://www.prisonplanet.com/ap-twitter-account-hacked-in-fake-white-house-blasts-post.html

[12] Freedom of speech row over blogger who faces jail for calling councillor a c*** on Twitter: http://www.prisonplanet.com/freedom-of-speech-row-over-blogger-who-faces-jail-for-calling-councillor-a-c-on-twitter.html

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