Screenshots of satirical tweets about escaped zoo animals have gone viral out of context in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida. They are from a parody Twitter account that appropriates CNN’s name and logo. Let’s take a look at the facts.
Rumors of wild animals infiltrating flooded cities after major storms are common — so much so that some have achieved joke-meme status online. Cases of “stolen satire,” in which joke posts and satirical graphics are copied and circulated out of context, are also common. Be sure to fact-check sensational claims in the wake of major events like natural disasters before sharing.
- “Lateral Reading” tutorial and reverse image search tutorial (NLP’s Checkology® virtual classroom).
- “Fact check: Viral posts falsely claim animals escaped zoo in New Jersey amid Ida”(McKenzie Sadeghi, USA Today).
- “Animals didn’t escape zoo in NJ storm” (Ali Swenson, The Associated Press).
- “Fact Check-Text message claiming that zoo animals in New Jersey escaped during Storm Ida is fake” (Reuters Fact Check).
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