This article was published on August 14, 2019

Teen finds way around parents’ tech confiscation: Tweeting from the smart fridge (Update: bogus)

Teen finds way around parents’ tech confiscation: Tweeting from the smart fridge (Update: bogus)
Cara Curtis
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Cara Curtis

Former TNW writer

You hear the word “innovation” a lot in tech, and half the time, it’s never really that impressive or even innovative. But last week, for the first time, I was bewildered by the tech that is a LG Smart Refrigerator and the innovation of one Ariana Grande twitter fan account, @thankunext327. For today’s teens, having your mom confiscate all your tech must feel close to the end of the world. While some kids would simply look for their confiscated phone in their parents’ bedroom or their mom’s bag, this resourceful teen did what any future genius would do  tweet from her family’s smart fridge.

The 15-year-old in question, going by the name of “Dorothy” on Twitter, had her phone taken away from her after she got distracted while cooking and lit her house on fire, according to The Guardian. But she managed to find other ways to keep her followers updated, including tweeting from her Nintendo 3DS game console claiming she’s leaving forever. 

Because moms know what their kid is going to do before they even do it, she confiscated the Nintendo and let her daughter’s followers know the account “will be shut down now.”

It didn’t stop there. Dorothy went on to use her Wii U to post a heartfelt message to her followers, thanking them for their continued support and love during these trying times. 

There was simply no stopping Dorothy:

By this time, #FreeDorothy was trending on Twitter, and after just over an hour of searching for her confiscated tech devices, Dorothy found her DS… which her mom then took away again  leading her to tweet from the refrigerator:

She has continued to tweet from the fridge, thanking her thousands of followers for the support. 

Dorothy’s resilience and ingenuity gives me hope for the future. The kids are alright.

After this article was published, BuzzFeed wrote an article about this story possibly being fake, on the grounds that none of LG’s smart fridges have the Twitter app installed. We’ll update the story as we learn more.

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