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Teen claims to send tweets from smart fridge after getting grounded

How many internet-connected devices does her family own??

Aug 13, 2019, 8:16 pm*

Internet Culture

Siobhan Ball 

Siobhan Ball

Having your phone confiscated is a standard teenage tragedy. While the usual attempts to get around this kind of grounding are nothing to write home about, Twitter user Dorothy (@thankunext327) rapidly became an internet hero for her creativity and persistence in the field. She claimed to tweet from a Nintendo 3DS, and then an LG Smart Fridge.

Dorothy, who created her Ariana Grande stan account only last month, initially tweeted on Aug. 4 that “she was leaving forever” because her mom had taken her phone.

https://twitter.com/thankunext327/status/1158169992921153541

Then her mother found out and appeared to send this tweet from her account: “I seen that Dorothy has been using twitter on her Nintendo. This account will be shut down now,” along with a picture of the Nintendo 3DS for evidence. This is when the story started to feel suspicious—her mother found a way to access her daughter’s account, took a picture of her 3DS, and decided to send this tweet to her followers?

https://twitter.com/thankunext327/status/1158172783085588486

However, Dorothy then began tweeting from a string of increasingly unlikely devices, ending with her family’s smart fridge.

https://twitter.com/thankunext327/status/1158492949220478976

https://twitter.com/thankunext327/status/1158739365327015937

https://twitter.com/thankunext327/status/1158767281586855937

https://twitter.com/thankunext327/status/1159505376066383872

It turns out that you can do basically anything with a smart fridge, up to and including playing Doom on it.

Smart refrigerators like the one Dorothy apparently tweeted from are connected to the cloud. Some smart fridges have touchscreen monitors and the ability to view apps. But it’s also possible to edit the name of the device that you’re tweeting from, and there are multiple guides online that detail how to do it. Tweeting from a ridiculous-sounding smart device is a meme in itself.

So, naturally, some people are wondering if Dorothy’s journey to send a tweet without a phone is one elaborate prank.

After Dorothy went viral and people started using the hashtag #FreeDorothy, user @successfuliana detailed in a long thread how she thought Dorothy was also acting as another person online.

https://twitter.com/successfuliana/status/1158624476206120965

But most Twitter users seem to support Dorothy’s WiFi-enabled journey—whether or not it was real. On Tuesday, she thanked her supporters in a tweet (which was apparently sent from—you guessed it—the LG Smart Fridge).

“I don’t know how I got this much support thank you so much to my supporters and @twitter this is crazy I would be lost without you and given up. I’m trying to get my things back fast so I can thank you properly!” she wrote (or said to the fridge).

https://twitter.com/thankunext327/status/1161403109354233857

The account now has more than 25,000 followers, and #FreeDorothy sparked a lot of memes.

https://twitter.com/nasaorbits/status/1159725053686222848

Not everyone approves of Dorothy’s actions. “Girl, I will call your mother myself,” one user tweeted to her.

https://twitter.com/IdleOats/status/1161127641430147072

But, for the most part, people praised Dorothy’s commitment to tweeting.

https://twitter.com/Siirianen/status/1161052440675983360

Other people started sharing the weird internet technology hacks people have used, including sending social posts from a Glade Air Freshener.

https://twitter.com/vegangvyfieri/status/1161153129431199744

It was unclear whether some responses to Dorothy’s tweet were parodies. “My 12-year-old figured out how to evade texting time limits by using Alexa and a discarded Fitbit,” wrote user @Popehat.

Some actually were parodies. “My 4 year old figured out how to use twitter by using duct tape, a cat, and a hello kitty action figure,” wrote user @JonPKay.

It remains to be seen why Dorothy has been grounded so thoroughly from the internet—and if she was actually grounded. The Daily Dot reached out to the Twitter account for a comment and will update this story if we get a response.

Update 8:00pm CT, Aug. 13: LG Electronics tweeted #FreeDorothy on Tuesday evening in apparent support of Dorothy getting her phone back—and for using the company’s smart fridge.

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*First Published: Aug 13, 2019, 6:25 pm