Here’s the thing. . .

*We* know that the Washington Post’s Taylor Lorenz is being sarcastic or whatever with this fake PSA linking to an old meme claiming that you can post a notice on Twitter stating, “I do NOT give Twitter Elon Musk, or any entities associates permission to use my pictures, information, messages or posts, both past and future” and that this will prevent the evil billionaire from using your private information, but NOT EVERYONE DOES KNOW THIS.

In other words, this is the willful spreading of disinformation from a Washington Post reporter just for giggles:

Um, yes, it DOES get old:

Her excuse? “I’m sorry, I’m weak”:

It’s actually not so hard to believe it went viral as people are VERY concerned about how their data is being used:

Poe’s Law is, “an adage of Internet culture stating that, without a clear indicator of the author’s intent, every parody of extreme views can be mistaken by some readers for a sincere expression of the views being parodied,” and it’s pretty clear from the quote tweets and replies that many, many people think Lorenz is being serious:

Even some blue-checks have been fooled:

And:

Over to you, Washington Post: You okay with this?

Screenshot for posterity:

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