“It’s the Onion”
I don’t like how “It’s the Onion” is such an acceptable response to use for everyone who knows what The Onion is (and the highest rated comment on that article), yet saying it was a bad idea to send out a tweet that only said “BREAKING: Witnesses reporting screams and gunfire heard inside Capitol building” gets down-voted so much.
Forget all the other tweets The Onion send out afterwards which made it clear the story was fiction. Imagine you just saw this one tweet. It’s Twitter. There’s no guarantee that people are reading your entire stream. You send out a single tweet that says what they wrote, it gets retweeted and spread around and eventually people who don’t know the Onion will think the worse.
And on that note, fuck people who expect everyone to know what The Onion is. There are a lot of different kinds of people on the Internet, and nobody should be expected to be “in on it” to know that a violent crime isn’t really taking place.