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A three-year-old Onion News video began spreading through Facebook on July 20, 2010. Facebook users began posting the video in status updates suggesting it was both real and current, accompanied by some mention of “Obama’s martial law plans”. This has been compared to the 1938 War of the Worlds radio broadcast.
Searching public Facebook status updates for ‘Martial Law’ shows many of the users posting the video without understanding it’s proper context.
- Reddit post on ‘fake story by the onion gets blown out of proportion’ and ‘facebook is going crazy about a classified video’.
- Geekosystem’s ‘Three-Year-Old Onion Video Resurfaces As Real News’.
- Urlesque’s ‘Obama’s Martial Law Plans Revealed in Three-Year-Old Video’.
- BuzzFeed posts ‘Tea-Baggers Fall For Fake News Story’.
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