KANSAS CITY (CNN) – A tweet that immediately went viral. A student from Kansas City showing off how he allegedly got extra credit on a final.
The story got published by major websites like BuzzFeed, but the student sent the tweets with a hidden message. The tweet posted by Missouri state freshman Deondre Wallace caught the attention of tens of thousands of people.
He did it to show how “funny” can go further than fact-checking.
Wallace said “I noticed especially with Donald Trump and all the fake news surrounding him, I wanted to provide my teacher with an example that she could use in class and also just make people laugh.”
Wallace made more people laugh than he ever intended. Stealing a few lines from the Black Eyed Peas song “where is the love” Wallace begged Professor Christine more for extra credit, in a pretty clever way. Then Moore apparently writes back, agreeing to give the whole class 20 extra points.
Wallace said “But I think the problem with it was, the problem with fake news in general, people saw all the re-tweets and favorites and thought it was true because of that and looked over all the clues pointing to the fact that it was fake.”
The tweet was reposted by several major media sources, including the daily mail and cosmopolitan, who did so without confirming if those e-mails were real.
Wallace said “and even my school put it on their Facebook page because they thought it was funny and believed it.”
A spokesperson tells 41 action news it was a lesson learned and the university took it down once they found out it was fake. Wallace admits his approach was misleading, but his experiment of showing just how quickly “fake” news spreads certainly succeeded.
Wallace said “I definitely would include my teacher in on it first and maybe not make it as funny so people would actually pick up on all the clues that I left that it was fake.”
Speaking of fake news, the story about a Santa in Tennessee that held a boy as he passed away it’s been all over the web, and now we’re learning, it cannot be verified and may not be true.