- Editor’s note: This story was updated after questions were raised about whether this tweet was genuine.
- A tweet purportedly sent from an LG smart fridge went viral this week, seemingly the act of an Ariana Grande fan desperate to keep tweeting.
- A series of posts by a user named Dorothy appeared to show her tweeting from her iPhone, Nintendo Wii, and Nintendo DS as each was confiscated by her mom.
- Then came a tweet with the source tag “LG Smart Refrigerator.” It went viral and prompted humorous responses from Twitter and LG.
- However, BuzzFeed News found on Wednesday that LG fridges do not have a Twitter app, suggesting that the “LG Smart Refrigerator” label was likely invented.
- BuzzFeed News demonstrated that it’s possible to label a tweet’s “source” as basically anything.
- It is not impossible to tweet from a smart fridge, but it seems unlikely. Dorothy did not answer BuzzFeed News’ questions, saying they were “rude.”
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A tweet went viral this week for seemingly being sent from a teen girl’s smart fridge after her mom confiscated all her devices.
However, the narrative behind the tweet has prompted skepticism after BuzzFeed News demonstrated on Wednesday that the tweet’s source label, “LG Smart Refrigerator,” could easily be faked.
The fridge tweet was the culmination of what seemed to be a battle of wills between a 15-year-old girl named Dorothy and her mom.
Dorothy said that her phone was confiscated, and she posted tweets that were labeled as coming from her Nintendo Wii U, her Nintendo 3DS, and, finally, the family fridge.
Dorothy’s account, @thankunext327, mainly functions as an Ariana Grande fan page.
I do not know if this is going to tweet I am talking to my fridge what the heck my Mom confiscated all of my electronics again.
— dorothy ???? (@thankunext327) August 8, 2019
In messages to New York magazine, Dorothy said the devices were confiscated after she “was boiling rice and was too busy on phone and stove burst into flames.”
Both Twitter and LG tweeted their support, jumping on the #FreeDorothy hashtag.
— Twitter (@Twitter) August 6, 2019
— LG Electronics (@LGUS) August 13, 2019
Other news outlets conducted interviews with Dorothy via Twitter, and Business Insider initially reported Dorothy’s narrative based on other outlets’ reporting.
However, BuzzFeed News’ Stephanie McNeal demonstrated in her article that it’s easy to make the source of a tweet say more or less anything.
LG told the outlet that its smart fridges do not have a Twitter app that could auto-generate a label like the one on Dorothy’s tweet.
It’s possible to tweet from an LG smart fridge via its web browser. However, that would auto-generate the source “Twitter Web Client.”
Dorothy declined to answer McNeal’s questions about her tweets, calling McNeal’s skepticism “rude.”