You got us, Internet trolls. You win. Is it the f*cking weekend yet?
Important update to this story about a girl who allegedly broke her "beloved" Chihuahua's neck after the band didn't follow her on Twitter. Vice's Motherboard has the details on why:
If the Twitter handle “illumivato”—which is a combination of Lovatic (a Demi Lovato fan) and Illuminati, that conspiracy group frequently invoked by trolls—isn’t enough of a giveaway, then the images used by the Twitter account should be.
The picture currently circulating on Twitter and in the news, of a teen girl crying while holding her dead pet, was actually uploaded on Spanish social networks in July and was ridiculed at the time. Illumivato claims to have killed the dog 19 days ago.
Before the account was suspended, illumivato made similar threats to other celebrities—like blending her cat and a different dog, shooting yet another dog, strangling her mother, or killing a child that she “captured” and then bound in duct tape—unless the celebrity in question followed her back.
A reverse Google image search reveals all the images used in illumivato's threats to be old. Some are really old. The picture of the child bound in duct tape, for example, has been on Twitter since November of last year. The cat in a blender image has been around since at least 2007. The dog in the blender is actually a plush toy, and was an ad that was pulled in 2010 when viewers thought it was a real canine. The picture of the gun pointed at a dog’s head was used as early as 2005 by a Texan talk show. So on and so on with the rest of the pictures.