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Spreading Misinformation

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Updated Jun 15, 2022 at 01:34PM EDT by Zach.

Added Jun 14, 2022 at 01:47PM EDT by Philipp.

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Spreading Misinformation refers to an activity of spreading lies and falsehoods, primarily on social media, which can pursue purposes ranging from simply drawing fun from misinforming and trolling people to achieving malicious goals. Starting in 2021, memes describing the practice of spreading misinformation as joyful mischief gained virality online and have often been used as a reply to own posts containing misinformation.

Origin

On June 21st, 2020, Facebook[1] user Hueso Regreso made the earliest found meme which explicitly stated that spreading misinformation, specifically making Sam Hyde Did It memes, is an entertaining activity. The post (shown below, left) gained over 200 reactions and 410 shares in two years. On June 22nd, Facebook[2] page I Made This Page To Shitpost Obscure Doge Images IX reposted Regreso's meme, gaining over 510 reactions and 70 shares in a similar timeframe.

Prior to November 27th, an unknown iFunny user made a GIF caption meme based on the Squidward Laughing GIF, captioning it, "When I purposefully spread misinformation over the internet," with the GIF caption implying that spreading misinformation is enjoyable. On November 27th, 2020, Instagram[3] user dealership._ made the earliest found repost of the meme in the form of a still image (shown below, right). The post gained over 2,700 likes in two years.


I'm a simple man I see a national tragedy, mass shooting ma or celebrity death, I spread misinformation that the perpetrator of a said event is yet again Samuel Hyde T When I purposefully spread misinformation over the internet

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On February 23rd, 2021, iFunny[4] user DiagnosedCancerPatient posted a Blue Emoji remake of the Laughing Squidward GIF caption that gained over 1,400 smiles in one year (shown below).


When I purposefully spread misinformation over the internet

The image received viral spread in the following days through reposts on Reddit[5] and Instagram,[6] and has been used as a reaction to social media posts containing misinformation.

In the following months, more image and video captions and other memes presenting spreading misinformation as entertainment were posted on iFunny and other platforms. For example, on March 25th, 2021, the Instagram[7] meme page cheemsitz posted a video caption that gained over 20,000 likes and 82,000 views in one year (shown below, left). On June 2nd, iFunny[8] user Mr_balls_itch reposted the meme, with the post getting featured and gaining over 27,400 smiles on the app. On June 14th, 2021, iFunny[9] user Astro__Pug posted another video caption that gained over 23,300 smiles in one year (shown below, right).



The trend continued online in late 2021 and 2022, with new memes being created and the already created ones being used as reactions to misinformation posts. For example, on October 6th, 2021, Twitter[10] user @_trollface posted a Mercy Offers a Hand meme that gained over 510 retweets and 2,900 likes in eight months (shown below).


The trend peaked in virality online in April 2022.

Source? I Made It Up

"Source? I Made It Up" is a catchphrase used in reaction images in which a person reveals that the statement they have just made is completely fictional and only serves to spread misinformation. The phrase is often combined with images of Gigachad and Dr. Manhattan, with other prevalent versions being "It Was Revealed to Me in a Dream" and "Dude Trust Me."


"None, I made it up" "Source?" Russian media curently: The rest of theiworld Nice arugment senator but whats your source My source is that I made it the fuck up globalchill · 8y 3 Awards Source? 350125 OP • 8y 145 Awards None, I made it up myself. 4 -1

Various Examples


misinformation NIGGA @humanity.gone36 on my Missing Context. Independent fact-checkers say information in thi post could mislead people. shit propagate unverifiable FACTS MY NIGGA ME WHEN I SPREAD CHEEMSITZ SPREAD MISINFORMATION ONLINE
Joker Online @JokerOnline "That's right Murray, I do manipulate anger to spread misinformation on the internet" 7:12 AM - 7 Jul 2021 > When I'm in a Misinformation Spreading Contest and my opponent is the News

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External References

[1] Facebook – Hueso Regreso

[2] Facebook – I Made This Page To Shitpost Obscure Doge Images IX

[3] Instagram – dealership._

[4] iFunny – DiagnosedCancerPatient

[5] Reddit – C*m

[6] Instagram – ohwack

[7] Instagram – cheemsitz

[8] iFunny – Mr_balls_itch

[9] iFunny – Astro__Pug

[10] Twitter – @_troIlface

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SparkStar1991
SparkStar1991

I hate this meme because you go on something like twitter, see right wing nutjobs spouting election or vaccine conspiracies and a bunch of leftists reee and make twitter create a whole new tag for marking something as misinformation, then you see a bunch of leftists claim an artist they don't like is pedophile and when you call them they just respond with this meme.

Literally rules for thee not for me shit.

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