It was sent to me by someone I trusted. But that person didn’t read beyond the damn article.
Nor did I, so ultimately it’s my fault it wound up here.
It was a parody post!
Same-day update: Snopes to the rescue:
Claim: A teenager was given a 25-year prison sentence for a prank known as “swatting.”
Soon afterwards links and excerpts referencing this article were being circulated via social media, with many of those who encountered such references mistaking them for genuine news reports. However, the article was just a bit of fiction from the National Report spoofing rumors about the government monitoring of social media.
The National Report is a web site that publishes outrageous fake news stories such as “IRS Plans to Target Leprechauns Next,” “Boy Scouts Announce Boobs Merit Badge,” and “New CDC Study Indicates Pets of Gay Couples Worse at Sports, Better at Fashion Than Pets of Straight Couples.”
For fuck’s sake…