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The Onion Apologizes For Vulgar Tweet About Nine-Year-Old

Did you catch the horrible tweet @TheOnion sent out during the Oscars last night about nine-year-old actress, Quvenzhané Wallis?

Someone tweeting from the mostly-hilarious satire site went rogue and called the little girl (brace yourselves) a c*nt. No joke.

Followers were NOT happy about it and The Onion has since apologized for the gaffe – but is it enough?

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Police Investigate “The Onion” For Satirical Tweet About Gunshots In Congress

Known for its biting wit and political satire, many people weren’t fooled when The Onion started tweeting about gunshots at the Capitol building. But some were startled, including the police.
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How to Make Your Own Virtual Newspaper with Twitter

Who needs a newspaper when you have Twitter?
This post may sound redundant to those in the know; but for those new to Twitter, here are some ways you can use the site as a one stop spot for your news – including links to get you started. Read more

Why I Think @TheOnion Has Unfollowed A Record 485,000 People On Twitter

A few days ago, I was unfollowed by @TheOnion, the Twitter account of the much-loved satirical news site.

The Onion is one of the most popular feeds on the network, with well over two million followers. Back in the day, the account had a (possibly automated) follow-back policy, and they followed hundreds of thousands of people on Twitter.

The OnionThinking it unlikely that they’d singled me out for a personalised dumping, I assumed whoever it was that managed their social media campaign had decided that enough was enough, and pulled the plug.

So I checked out the stats. And while I don’t speak for The Onion, I’m going to go out on a limb on this one.

Earlier this month, the Onion peaked at a following count of over 487,000. On April 14, they unfollowed 30,935 people, and continued to purge users en masse each day thereafter until April 21, when they appear to have settled at the nice round number of 195.

In a 24-hour period between April 17-18, they removed 316,239 users from their follow feed.

Don't Cry, But @TheOnion Has Unfollowed (Almost) Everybody On Twitter

Overall, they’ve reduced their following network size by 99.96 per cent. Which means they’ve cut their noise by 99.96 per cent, too.

This is likely the biggest cull Twitter has ever seen.

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