The team behind game Call of Duty have drawn criticism after apparently live tweeting a fake terrorist attack on Singapore.
The game’s official Twitter account — which is verified and has almost 3 million followers — began a long chain of tweets by announcing that it had heard reports of an explosion in Singapore.
BREAKING NEWS: Unconfirmed reports are coming in of an explosion on the North bank of the Singapore Marina.— Call of Duty (@CallofDuty) September 29, 2015
From there, the tweets continued to describe a rapidly worsening situation, including more explosions and the declaration of martial law.
“A 30-mile quarantine zone has been established to contain the area until more information is known." pic.twitter.com/0vMKXaxlbA— Call of Duty (@CallofDuty) September 29, 2015
“Citizens living in the area are being asked to stay in their homes, and to keep their doors and windows closed."— Call of Duty (@CallofDuty) September 29, 2015
It wasn’t until much later — after a flurry of tweets — that the account confirmed that the story had been fictional.
This was a glimpse into the future fiction of #BlackOps3.— Call of Duty (@CallofDuty) September 29, 2015
While the story was similar to the plot of other Call of Duty games, and the account identifiably associated with the game, many complained that the story was too close to real life events to be comfortable.
@CallofDuty - there have been too many similiar tragedies lately to joke in the way you did without making your fiction clear :/— Miss Envy (@missenvy) September 29, 2015
.@CallofDuty Your fake news story advertisement is offensive on multiple levels. I'm not buying another CoD and encouraging others to not.— Adam Feldhaus (@cafeldhaus) September 30, 2015
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