Thousands of social media users fell for a parody story claiming that a statue of Nineteen Eighty-Four author George Orwell would be removed from outside of the BBC HQ after it made journalists feel “uncomfortable.”
The fake screenshot of a fictional Guardian report was posted and retweeted by thousands of users on Twitter, who shared the joke believing the news to be real.
RealClearInvestigations senior writer Mark Hemingway apologized for sharing the parody, tweeting, “I just deleted the last tweet about taking down the Orwell statue because apparently it was photoshop hoax. So sorry.”
“But it was awfully believable, following weeks of BLM protesters defacing abolitionist statues and ‘anti-fascists’ desecrating Churchill statues,” he added.