A smart teenager appeared to have successfully hack the powerful smart home fridge, – tweeting from her family’s smart fridge after her mother confiscated her phone.
An Ariana Grande fan known only as “Dorothy” tweeted last week to say she was barred by her mother from using her phone but said she managed to find a number of innovative ways to reach her thousands of followers – a handheld Nintendo device, a Wii U gaming console and, finally, her family’s LG Smart Refrigerator.
The refrigerator tweet went viral on Monday, with more than 12,000 retweets. Twitter and LG stepped in and joined the calls for Dorothy to be returned to the internet, tweeting “#FreeDorothy”. The Guardian and many other outlets covered the saga.
But three days after the story made headlines, multiple researchers questioned whether Dorothy had really managed to crack her family’s fridge.
I do not know if this is going to tweet I am talking to my fridge what the heck my Mom confiscated all of my electronics again.— dorothy 🏹 (@thankunext327) August 8, 2019
Twitter did not respond to multiple requests for comment regarding the source of the tweet.
Luca Hammer, an independent social media analyst, said it was very likely Dorothy used a developer account to rename the source as “LG Smart Refrigerator”.
Dorothy stopped responding to the Guardian’s messages on Tuesday afternoon.
LG denied it was involved with the tweets. “No marketing ploy here! We learned about this in real time with the rest of the world and joined in the fun by tweeting #FreeDorothy – that’s the extent of our involvement!”, Brucha said.