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Birds aren’t real they’re drones.
by Novice (800 points)
While I won't discredit or prove this claim false, the opening sentence in the article you linked states that it is a "satirical conspiracy theory."
by Newbie (370 points)
This claim seems to be satirical since the actual website you got your information from says that it is making a satirical claim. The author quoted in this article, "a spontaneous joke".
by Novice (750 points)
Everyone is right. It is clear this isn't real right when you go to the article.

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by Apprentice (1.6k points)
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The claim, birds aren't real they're drones, is satire. The linked page is Wikipedia and the first sentence addresses this as a "satirical conspiracy theory." According to CBS News, the conspiracy theory was created by Peter McIndoe. It started off as a joke before evolving into a movement. Revealed in 60 Minutes, a video interview, one of the reasons McIndoe continued the bit was to push back against misinformation. "You've been lying to us, so we're gonna lie to you back and we're gonna do it in a way that really is funny," said McIndoe. 

Satire
by Novice (710 points)
I appreciate your answer to claim that is made as a pure joke. The claim that birds are not real is such blasphemy and I like how you brought evidence into it.
by Apprentice (1.5k points)
I'm glad you immediately proved that the site is in fact satirical  and how you even proved how the theory even came into light in the first place.
+1 vote
by Champion (13.1k points)

This claim is false. According to Wikipedia, "'Birds Aren't Real' is a satirical conspiracy theory which posits that birds are actually drones operated by the United States government to spy on American citizens." Peter McIndoe, the originator of this claim, created it "on a whim" after he wrote "Birds Aren't Real" on a poster and improvised a conspiracy theory amongst the counter-protestors as a "spontaneous joke". A video of McIndoe at the march went viral, which started the satirical movement." 

Birds are, in fact, real. 

False
+1 vote
by Newbie (440 points)

This claim is not real, instead a satirical joke created by Peter McIndoe. According to this wikipedia article, McIndoe wrote the claim on a sign seeing pro-Trump counter-protestors at the 2017 Women's March in Memphis, Tennessee as a spontaneous joke.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Birds_Aren%27t_Real#:~:text=Birds%20Aren't%20Real%20is,to%20spy%20on%20American%20citizens.

Satire
by Genius (38.8k points)
Going forward, try to locate sources that are stronger than Wikipedia. Wikipedia isn't usualy a reliable source. You can always check their citations and go directly to their sources too. Thanks!
0 votes
by Novice (640 points)

According to the Wikipedia page linked in the original post, the "birds aren't real" conspiracy was a satirical conspiracy theory created by Peter McIndoe as a "spontaneous joke" at a Trump supporter counter protest. 

False
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ago by Novice (610 points)

This statement is a joke made by Peter McIndoe, as reported in a Wikipedia article. At the 2017 Women's March in Memphis, Tennessee, which Trump supporters found humorous.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Birds_Aren%27t_Real#:~:text=Birds%20Aren't%20Real%20is,to%20spy%20on%20American%20citizens.

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