“NFL Schedule Leaks” Twitter account fooled 10k fans in latest fake news prank
Fake news runs rampant on Twitter. We know this. Even with this knowledge, “NFL Schedule Leaks” managed to put on a fake news masterclass, gaining 10k followers over three days. The method? Exactly what the name implies, taking advantage of the abundance of leaks to share totally bogus information on the internet before revealing it was all an elaborate ruse.
To say the account made an impact would be an understatement. First, some “reputable outlets” (if those even exist anymore) shared the fake leaks as fact, giving even more credence to the baseless rumors. Then, it got to the point that fans booked tickets to beat the price surge that comes with an away game.
The follower count has dropped dramatically since NFL Schedule Leaks revealed his true intentions, but history was already made:
He’s since gone on a prolific rant calling everyone stupid for falling for more fake news, and I honestly love it. You can check it out on Twitter here, it’s definitely worth a read.
In all honesty, what the hell is wrong with people? First, Ballsack Sports burst onto the scene posting graphics with fake quotes and has since garnered 100k followers after fooling multiple national personalities. Even Daryl Morey had something to say about the phenomenon.
At least Ballsack Sports had graphics that mimicked ESPN to give it a layer of supposed credibility, but NFL Schedule Leaks was literally a Twitter account created on May 9, 2022, that turned the NFL landscape on its head.
I used to get mad at fake news accounts, especially those meant to deliberately trick people, but now I’ve shifted blame to the idiots who fall for this stuff. Media literacy in this country is already in the shitter, and it’s in an even worse state when it comes to social media.
If you fell for this account, be embarrassed. Honestly, those editors from other outlets that ran with it as fact should be fired. We can’t keep falling for the most basic shit on the internet anymore. Society has advanced past the need for that, or I thought it did.
NFL Schedule Leaks summed it all up pretty well himself.
I’m not saying the fans that booked flights and hotels because of something they read on Twitter deserve to lose their money. All I am saying is that it takes less time to Google and confirm something than to make multiple reservations.
NFL Schedule Leaks is yet another example of people falling for rumors way too quickly. Sure, the rumor mill will always be a part of sports. Still, when thousands of people flock to an account with literally zero real credibility and instantly believe it, it’s emblematic of a more significant problem.