The latest hullaballoo started on January 5, when former CIA analyst and cyber disinformation researcher Cindy Otis pointed out that a recent satirical article from the satirical website (which says satire in the website tagline, in case it wasn’t obvious enough) received – gasp – 500,000 shares on social media. Otis claimed some of her family members called her to say their Republican friends were sharing the article “like it’s legit.”
“A post from a satirical website has been shared more than 500k times saying the DNC called for the flag to be at half-mast because of Soleimani. Some family members just called bc their Republican friends on FB are circulating it like it’s legit. We have a lot of work to do, all,” Otis tweeted.
CNN reporter Donie O’Sullivan then added on to Otis’ tweet by adding “perspective.”
“To put this in perspective, this is the same number of engagements the top NY Times and CNN stories on Facebook had over the past week,” he tweeted. “A lot of people sharing this ‘satirical’ story on Facebook don’t know it is satire.”