A petition calling for a second referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU tops 2.5 million signatures, after the vote to leave.

The BBC, the UK’s national broadcaster, gleefully reported, as real, with no basic journalistic checks, an online petition that appeared to be growing at a colossal rate. By 1:30 pm, it was one of the fastest-growing petitions in history.

Source: EU referendum petition signed by more than 2.5m – BBC News

Unfortunately, the voting was actually being manipulated by 4chan bots:

Here’s 4Chan boasting about their work on the petition

Posts include:

Almost fifty thousand signatures from Vatican City

The population of the Vatican is around 800 people.

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They’ll look at the IPs and wonder how the fuck people from north Korea and the Vatican are voting

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>divismail.ru

How long until they blame Putin’s hackers for it?

Fun stuff!

Source: Brexit ‘2nd Referendum Petition’ A 4Chan Prank: BBC Report It As Real

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