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How people pretend to tweet devices



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Have you seen the news? A "teenage girl" became viral for tweeting from a "LG Smart Refrigerator" when her mother took away her cell phone. But that was a fake ̵

1; there is no LG Smart Refrigerator with integrated Twitter client.

As BuzzFeed News explains, this is just a new type of meme. People send ridiculous tweets and make them even more ridiculous by filling out a fake device name from which the tweet was sent. It's easier than you might think.

 Fake Tweet from a LG Smart Refrigerator

It turns out that you – or anyone else – can send a tweet "from" any device. It's simple: Twitter wants developers to build devices that can send tweets. So anyone on Twitter can create a free developer account, create a "device" and then enter an "app name". Want to tweet about a "Windows 10 Smart Toilet"? Yes you can.

That's basically the process. Going through is a bit more complicated than it sounds, as you need a Twitter client for which you can provide your developer keys. For example, K0902 on Reddit explains a simple way to tweet from any device using a Python script. The programming is quite simple, but can not be done with a few clicks.

That's the way it works. With the spread of this meme and the knowledge of tweeting counterfeit devices, Twitter might have a rush of new counterfeit devices, and it could be shutting things down, is it working?



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