You may have seen a strange North Korean news account floating around the Twitters recently. DPRK News Service (@DPRK_News) sends out weird messages posing as an official mouthpiece of the authoritarian regime. But don’t be fooled. It’s a fake account run by a blogger.
CNN, Newsweek, and Fox News have all quoted the account as a real voice coming from the North Korean government. And even though these news outlets clearly should have taken a minute to realize that it’s fake, it’s not hard to see why they were fooled. Many of the tweets are only about 10 percent more ludicrous than the real English-language news feed of North Korea.
I mean just look at this hilarious content:
Are you rolling on the ground in laughter yet?
It’s like a master class in comedy!
The account was created in July of 2009, which has probably helped the account seem somewhat plausibly official to many. Some of the tweets are absurd, but precisely zero percent of them are funny. Which probably means that this “parody” account will be with us for many years to come. Let’s just hope media outlets finally get the message that it’s fake so it can fade into obscurity.
Image: File photo of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un via AP