CNN tricked into sending raunchy New Year’s Eve prank tweets

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CNN just got Bart Simpsoned.

A Twitter troll, armed with a small collection of fake accounts with ridiculously stupid names, managed to get CNN to fill his screen ticker on New Year’s Eve with tweets from “Ben Dover,” “Mike Oxlong” and “Dixie Normus.”

Meanwhile, what may be two other trolls got airtime for messages from “Anita Blackman” and “Deeko Giganto.”

CNN aired tweets as captions at the bottom of the screen during their live countdown to the end of 2021, which hosted journalist Anderson Cooper and TV personality Andy Cohen.

“Another shot @Andy,” he said and 22:00 tweet from @DixieNormussss.

“Regina King kills the game and looks better than ever!” said tweeted at 23:34 from @ BenDover837.

“Regina is wonderful! Love her as well as Andy and Anderson of course, ”he said and 23:20 tweet from @ Shun86LGM, whose profile name appears as “Anita Blackman.”

The sophomoretic stunt began to capture attention after a Tik-Tok user’s comment went viral, with a post that received 3.5 million views at 2:45 p.m. the next day.

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A quick review of The Daily Beast shows that most of the accounts described above are connected and share what cybersecurity investigators typically refer to as “shared infrastructure.” For example, the seven Twitter accounts Anita Dump, Ben Dover, Dixie Normus, Harry Cox, Hugh Jass, Mike Oxlong and Seymour Butts each follow very few accounts – but almost all follow each other. Everyone bombarded Twitter with the hashtag #CNNNYE to get noticed by CNN and appeared to have been created solely for that purpose. All but one account tweeted only last night, and only against CNN.

The main account appears to be @ MikeOxLong625 when it was created back in February 2021 while all the others were started in December. It also has the largest number of connections and tweets all sorts of random topics.

In fact, the account describes itself as “The Real King of CNN Twitter and #CNNNYE.” It did not respond to questions from this reporter.

CNN did not immediately respond for comment on Saturday.

Dozens who caught the messages in the ticker roll shouted CNN for not closely monitoring its incoming feed from social media – though most seemed to enjoy the extra frivolity. The end of the night, however, was reserved for Cohen’s epic drunken quarrel that offered good riding to New York Mayor Bill de Blasio.

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