It's not libel if it was clearly intended to be a joke and not to be taken seriously, one of the most common defenses to it. The Onion is a perfect example.
And comparing a rape threat to a kid who was just making an innocent joke? Seriously?
This article is a perfect example. Clearly a joke that some people took literally but not libel
It wasn't clearly a joke because people on the Internet asked whether t was true. That's how crazy destructive rumors spread on the Internet. The Onion is a recognized satirical website. Different than an individual commenting on something.
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