Have you ever pretended to know something to avoid seeming stupid? Well apparently everybody’s doing it.
Jonny Sun has taken the internet by storm with his extremely clever social experiment. Jonny posted a completely fabricated tweet about Will and Jada Pinkett Smith to see if people would believe it and how they would respond. Remember, the fact is completely FALSE AND MADE UP!
omg.. Will O. Smith and Jada N. Smith pic.twitter.com/6Dz6d5YB5Y
— jomny sun (@jonnysun) September 14, 2015
When Jonny created a fake Google result implying that the couple named their children after their first names and middle initials (Willow and Jaden), people were quick to believe it was true!
HOW ARE PEOPLE JUST NOW NOTICING THIS?! https://t.co/jsbqPBM62g
— princess leia (@olliepies) September 14, 2015
Even entire websites picked up Jonny’s fake information and posted it!
Will O. Smith and Jada N. Smith pic.twitter.com/Jsh21WI57R
— WorldStarDaily (@WorldStarDaily) September 14, 2015
Not only do Twitter followers mistakenly believe this fiction for fact, but they PRETEND as if they already knew this information like it was OLD NEWS.
@jonnysun I figured this out a while back. I forgot to tweet about it.
— Danielle Fontaine (@JetPixi) September 14, 2015
Lmao you just found out??? https://t.co/KP8kAddZkj
— es devlin fan (@chrissyslaysu) September 14, 2015
@jonnysun Lol, did you seriously just realize this?
— Jason Martinez (@Jason4breakfast) September 14, 2015
When people took the time to fact check Jonny’s tweet, they had no hesitation in voicing their opinions about the internet and social media.
@jonnysun this exemplifies what is wrong with the online world today "oh ya, I already knew that made up fact… You're an idiot"
— Verbal Diary (@VerbalDiary) September 14, 2015
— Ali. (@Ali_Kourani) September 14, 2015
Jonny Sun is certainly stirring things up!
— pumpa slampa (@Caoddy) September 14, 2015