That's one way to start a stampede of viewers to #CNN, tweet that it happens to be showing porn right now. Apparently that tweet sounded real enough that some of the big news outlets ran with it. This turned out to be a false report, which just goes to show how #fake news becomes so popular so quickly.

Fake news picked up by real (big) media

Fox News, Variety and the New York Post are just some of the media outlets that ran with the story. This started with a tweet from an unknown social media user. But CNN offered a statement that seemed to confirm porn mistakenly made its way into their broadcast, according to USA Today. The statement wasn't confirming that porn made its way into the nightly programming on CNN, but some took it that way.

Porn on CNN?

The report online started in a tweet that porn appeared during the time slated for "Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown." This was supposedly going on along the East Coast. The Twitter user posted that CNN is showing porn instead of their regular programming. When BuzzFeed spoke with the Twitter user she swore that she found this on her TV in the Boston area and that it is true. She also posted that she "can't wait until RCN wakes up tomorrow" and finds they were airing porn.

One home turned into 300,000 on fake news

The woman only known as Rose said she initially posted the tweet because she wanted to know if it was just her house or if other people were also seeing this. She came to the conclusion that it was a CNN "broadcasting error that affected only my house." This news not only traveled fast but it went from Rose's one lonely house supposedly experiencing an interruption of an adult video to as many as 300,000 homes having the porn broadcast to their TV sets.

CNN denies porn

CNN's news cable operator RCN and CNN both denied this happened, according to Slate. By the time they posted their denial, the story was in viral form with people commenting on the porn screen shots this woman posted to social media. "Who is the adult film actress?" This was a question that one Twitter user asked. Armchair comedians at home had fun with pointing out how porn was playing during the time slot for a show titled, "Parts Unknown."

Folks had field day with title!

Many saw "Parts Unknown" as a good title for porn. While folks had their fun with this and a woman named Rose still swears that instead of the CNN regular broadcast, she saw porn, it never happened. What did happen is a fake news report from social media made headlines once again across the nation!