When a tweet uses the word “1nd,” it’s a fairly good indicator that maybe that tweet was not meant to be taken seriously. In this case, it was a red flag that British pop juggernaut Jessie J seems to have missed.
A satirical Twitter account called “Chart Data” (@chartdeta) posted a tweet on Monday (August 27) stating that the music video for “Bang Bang” by Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, and Jessie J had surpassed eight billion views on YouTube.
“‘Bang Bang’ by @ArianaGrande @JessieJ & @NickiMinaj now has over 8 BILLION views on YouTube! This is more than the world’s population! The video remains as the 1nd most watched female collab of all time!” the account wrote.
The tweet got one thing correct: Yes, eight billion views would equate to more than the world’s current population, but sadly, the music vid has racked up a mere 1.2 billion views to date since 2014. According to the same account, Lady Gaga’s album Born This Way is also eligible for “95x diamond” and Drake’s record Scorpion has sold eight copies.
Jessie J, perhaps too excited about this “fake news” to fact-check the tweet, shared it yesterday with a variety of excited emojis, apparently missing the satire.
Since then, 21 hours have passed as of print time and she hasn’t removed the tweet, although other users have been eager to point out both the incorrect info and the egregious use of “1nd.” The account @chartdeta, on the other hand, is currently “temporarily restricted,” but has still acknowledged their impact.