The LA Times made a huge mistake and Twitter users responded HILARIOUSLY
With social media and 24 hour rolling news, it's hard to remember a time when we didn't know everything going on as soon as it happened. So when the LA Times tweeted an article stating that there had been an 6.8 earthquake in Isle Vista, Twitter users were shocked.
Shocked, but more confused... as the earthquake took place in 1925.
Please note: We just deleted an automated tweet saying there was a 6.8 earthquake in Isla Vista. That earthquake happened in 1925.— L.A. Times: L.A. Now (@LANow) June 22, 2017
The LA Times seriously regretted its use of an algorithm program called 'Quakebot' that automatically writes stories on earthquakes, as it released the article based on a system glitch.
Whilst the LA Times were quick to remedy the error, in true Twitter fashion, people came out in all their glory to ruthlessly mock them. Some comforted 'Quakebot'..
Tell him not to be too hard on himself, we all make mistakes.— 1984 on Lifetime (@mascdonna) June 22, 2017
Others seized the opportunity to make hilarious puns:
Unfortunately, some mistakes are of larger magnitude than others— Elias Saadeh (@CarneASaadeh) June 22, 2017
Thank goodness. I was really shaken by that news.— DougZ (@Doug_Zbi) June 22, 2017
Many joked about the cause of the delay
Think of the lives you could've saved if you'd reported this 92 years sooner. smh.— Michael Urie (@michaelurie) June 22, 2017
Back in 1925 we were all on 56k dialup, and tweets were slow to process.— InsideHoops.com NBA (@InsideHoops) June 22, 2017
Whilst some Twitter users even tried to look at the bright side:
Better late than never— Corin Nemec (@imcorinnemec) June 22, 2017
Maybe in 85 years time the LA Times will report about the 2011 earthquake in Christchurch. We'll just have to wait and see.