Fact Check: Elon Musk Did NOT Call For 20 Minute Twitter News Show - Tweet Originated on Parody Account

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  • by: Maarten Schenk
Fact Check: Elon Musk Did NOT Call For 20 Minute Twitter News Show - Tweet Originated on Parody Account Parody Account

Did Elon Musk send a tweet calling for the introduction of "Twitter News," which would be a 20-minute clip each day covering "the most relevant topics from an unbiased viewpoint"? No, that's not true: The tweet originated on a parody account but got widespread traction anyway. Many people did not notice the account wasn't the real Elon Musk.

The tweet (archived here) where was published by the @ElonMuskAOC account on Twitter on June 12, 2023 and it read:

We should introduce Twitter News.

It would be a 20 minute clip each day covering the most relevant topics from an unbiased viewpoint. No political agenda, just facts.


This is what the post looked like on Twitter at the time of writing:


Twitter screenshot

(Source: Twitter screenshot taken on Mon Jun 12 14:23:57 2023 UTC)

The Twitter account posting this message clearly identified itself as "Parody" in the account name and again in the bio ("I'm on a quest to bang AOC on Mars. (Parody Account)") but thousands of accounts liked, quoted and retweeted the message anyway, apparently under the impression it came from the real Elon Musk.


When Lead Stories contacted Twitter's press office to ask how they felt about a parody account making announcements about potential Twitter features on their behalf, they responded with a poop emoji:πŸ’©

  Maarten Schenk

Lead Stories co-founder Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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