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temperatures in Minneapolis plummeted below zero on Sunday, word spread on Twitter that the Minnesota Vikings would open their 66,000-seat indoor stadium for the city's homeless to take shelter for the night.
Local blogger Jake Nyberg was the first to post about the plan.
"As homeless in Mpls face record cold, @Vikings offer to open 'The People's Stadium' overnight," Nyberg wrote in a tweet that has since been deleted.
"It's a proud night to be a @Vikings fan and a Minnesotan," he said in another.
Before long, the story erupted. The verified account of a user named David Dellanave posted about it, drawing thousands of retweets and likes. Multiple news outlets, some citing Dellanave's tweet, published articles about the supposed homeless shelter plan, among them CBS and Yahoo Sports.
By Monday, though, the feel-good rumor about the city helping its neediest residents had transmogrified into the latest case study on how fake news goes viral.
Nyberg admitted he made the whole thing up. Dellanave conceded he was in on the hoax. Nyberg has since deactivated his Twitter account, and the two men have apologized, saying their intent was to shame the Vikings into addressing homelessness in the city.
originally posted by: starviego
All of America's huge sports stadiums double as FEMA mass incarceration facilities. I would never voluntarily go to one.
originally posted by: ReakHavik
a reply to: goou111
Isnt this more of a hoax than fake news?
Not sure, but fake news should originate with NEWS, and a news story by a station, or government agency (same thing?)
Still pretty low thing to do,season and all.
And all the vets that come home to a divorce, PTSD, missing limbs, and NO HOME.
Hope this guy ends up outside too.