Satire news websites, The Chaser and The shovel went viral on social media after publishing articles mocking Facebook Founder, Mark Zuckerburg’s, opinion on the regulation of speech on social media.  

According to The Guardian Zuckerberg told Fox News on Thursday that the company should step away from regulating online speech.

He is quoted as saying, “I just believe strongly that Facebook shouldn’t be the arbiter of truth of everything that people say online.” 


“Private companies probably shouldn’t be, especially these platform companies, shouldn’t be in the position of doing that,” Zuckerburg continued. 

To mock Zuckerburgs opinion the following satirical (and obviously untrue) articles were published. The Chaser’s headline read, “‘Social media should not fact check posts,’ says child molester Mark Zuckerberg,” and The Shovel’s headline read, “Mark Zuckerburg, Dead at 36, says Social Media Sites Should Not Fact Check Posts.”  

Both posts went viral on social media with people wondering if Zuckerburg had actually died.  

The Chaser website actually crashed from all the traffic caused by the headline. 

According to The Guardian, Charles Firth, the managing editor of The Chaser’s online site said the post had been viewed by over 1 million people in less than 12 hours.  

People quickly took to Twitter with their reactions.