On Thursday morning, The Onion's Twitter feed began publishing news about a hostage situation at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.
The tweets described a terrifying scene of children taken hostage by members of Congress and demands for an exorbitant ransom.
The original tweets were retweeted more than 100 times. But many people were confused as to whether the event was real or whether The Onion's feed had been hacked.
The Washington Post reported that The Onion confirmed the tweets were a fake news story, and that they were not hacked.
- Some thought the tweets were in poor taste, or simply not funny.
Others thought the negative feedback was an overreaction to a website best known for its biting satirical content.