CNN simply bought Bart Simpsoned.
A Twitter troll, armed with a small assortment of pretend accounts with ridiculously silly names, managed to get CNN to fill its display’s ticker on New 12 months’s Eve with tweets from “Ben Dover,” “Mike Oxlong” and “Dixie Normus.”
In the meantime, what could also be two different trolls bought airtime for messages from “Anita Blackman” and “Deeko Giganto.”
CNN aired the tweets as scrolling textual content on the backside of the display throughout its reside countdown to the top of 2021, which was hosted by journalist Anderson Cooper and TV character Andy Cohen.
“One other shot @Andy,” stated a 10 p.m. tweet from @DixieNormussss.
The sophomoric stunt began selecting up consideration after a Tik-Tok person’s commentary went viral, with a submit that picked up 3.5 million views by 2:45 p.m. the following day.
A fast evaluate by The Each day Beast reveals that many of the accounts described above are linked, sharing what cybersecurity investigators sometimes seek advice from as “shared infrastructure.” For instance, the seven Twitter accounts Anita Dump, Ben Dover, Dixie Normus, Harry Cox, Hugh Jass, Mike Oxlong and Seymour Butts every observe only a few accounts—however practically all observe each other. All of them bombarded Twitter with the hashtag #CNNNYE to get observed by CNN and appeared created solely for that function. All however one account solely tweeted final evening, and solely towards CNN.
The grasp account seems to be @MikeOxLong625, because it was created again in February 2021, whereas all of the others had been began in December. It additionally has the most important variety of connections and tweets all types of random topics.
In truth, the account describes itself as “The actual king of CNN Twitter and #CNNNYE.” It didn’t reply to questions from this reporter.
CNN didn’t instantly reply for touch upon Saturday.
Dozens who caught the messages within the ticker scroll known as out CNN for not carefully monitoring its incoming feed from social media—though most appeared to benefit from the added levity. The denouement of the evening, although, was reserved for Cohen’s epic drunken rant bidding good riddance to New York Metropolis Mayor Invoice de Blasio.