In the age of the internet, parody accounts have become a mainstay on social media, and the New York Times fell for a fake news story promoted on one of those accounts Tuesday.
The Times reported that a statement from the DPRK News Service, a popular social media parody of the North Korean regime, was an actual proclamation from the Hermit Kingdom.
The original Times story, which detailed a recent joint military exercise between South Korea and the United States, reported that Pyongyang “belittled the joint exercise as ‘demonstrating near total ignorance of ballistic science’” — quoting from a statement on the satirical Twitter account.
Not long after the story was published, the Times saw the error of its ways and issued a correction.
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