Thousands fall for fake CNN meteor doomsday story

CNN iReport lets anyone like you or myself submit stories about anything. Those gaining enough traction are then considered for conversion to an actual story. Until then, all stories remain in a state where they are not vetted by CNN. This means anyone can make up a bogus story and post it to iReport.
A user going by the name of Marcus575 posted the following story.

Here’s the actual text if you can’t read it.
If astronomers are right, all life on this planet could be extinguished in less than 30 years from now. Scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory have detected a large object the size of Manhattan possibly on a collision course with Earth. Using their Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE), the 10-mile wide object was found approximately 51 million miles from Earth. Scientists believe that during a close encounter with Mars, the asteroid was nudged slightly off its usual orbit and may currently be on a high speed collision course with our fragile planet.
The asteroid is calculated to have a potentially lethal encounter with the Earth on March 35, 2041. Astronomers have placed the odds of an impact at 1 in 2.04, which is by far the most unprecedented risk ever faced to humanity, let alone from asteroids. Such an impact could potentially end civilization as we know it.
More information will be posted here as the story develops…
The fake story was seen by over a quarter million people are share at least 54,000 times to Facebook and over 500 times to Twitter in just 24 hours before CNN took it down citing a community violation.
Other than the obvious lack of information about the meteor, did anyone notice the strike date? March 35, 2041.
Since when did March get a few extra days?
This scenario really makes me wonder if people actually read the articles anymore or just share stories based on the headlines and first line of the story. If you’re still wondering if a meteor is going to hit Earth, the answer is no, not anytime soon.

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