The Onion Reminds Twitterverse It Produces Satire, Not Breaking News! (VIDEO)

The Onion Reminds Twitterverse It Produces Satire, Not Breaking News!

The Onion Reminds Twitterverse It Produces Satire, Not Breaking News!

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Sept. 29 2011 3:31 PM

Was the Onion Twitter Feed Hacked?

The Onion is trending on speculation that the popular satirical newspaper's Twitter feed was hacked.

The tweet in question read, "Breaking: Witnesses reporting screams and gunfire heard inside Capitol building." Since this is hardly a laughing matter, many believed it was either real or that the Onion's Twitter feed had been hacked.

Minutes later, the Onion tweeted: "BREAKING: Capitol building being evacuated. 12 children held hostage by group of armed congressmen," signaling that the first tweet was in fact a joke.

The fact that the Onion isn't a real news organization didn't stop Capitol police from investigating the fake hostage situation. When asked for comment, the Onion said: "This is satire. That's how it works."