In Brief

Two Twitter users are facing 30 years in prison after spreading false panic-inducing news.

Not unlike Orson Welles’s 1938 Halloween broadcast of War of the Worlds, two Mexican Twitter users are in court over tweets that panicked parents across a whole city.

In a country where kidnapping and violence is common in many places, it might not have been wise to tweet the below without first checking out the source of the information:

My sister-in-law just called me all upset, they just kidnapped five children from the school

Panicing parents jammed emergency call lines and got in dozens of car accidents as they rushed to schools to check on their children. Thankfully, the information was false and no children had been harmed.

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