The United States Capitol Police on Thursday said they were investigating The Onion, a satiric media organization, for making false reports on Twitter claiming that there was a hostage situation inside the Capitol building.
Starting at 10:33 a.m., The Onion’s Twitter account (external - login to view) began spewing the fake messages that began with this post (external - login to view): “BREAKING: Witnesses reporting screams and gunfire heard inside Capitol building.”
Ten minutes later, the Twitter account posted (external - login to view): “BREAKING: Capitol building being evacuated. 12 children held hostage by group of armed congressmen. #CongressHostage.”
The posts are related to a satiric article (external - login to view) and doctored photo on The Onion’s Web site (external - login to view) that describes a fake hostage situation.
The Onion's Twitter Posts Draw Scrutiny - NYTimes.com (external - login to view)