What is ‘September 24th Judgment Day’ on TikTok and Twitter?

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THE internet loves a good conspiracy theory and TikTok is serving up a new one that predicts the apocalypse.

If you’re wondering if we’ve been here before, it’s because – from Y2K to November 11, 2011 to December 21, 2012, we’re “ending” the world as long as humans exist.

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Social media users claim an apocalypse is coming on September 24, 2022Credit: Getty

What is ‘September 24th Judgment Day’ on TikTok and Twitter?

You’re not alone if you’ve come across a video predicting the end of the world on social media this Saturday.

People on TikTok have taken the words out of context from a German leader’s mouth and, per social media style, have put their own spin on what he could have been talking about.

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Germany’s Friedrich Merz said in a clip shortened for TikTok: “This September 24, 2022 will be a day that will remain in our memory, of which we will say later: I remember exactly where I was.”

Some TikTokers and Twitter users have fueled this fire by recently republishing the video without any context and linking it to an ominous warning about an apocalypse.

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But in reality, the video was posted in February and the politician simply mispronounced.

According to fact-checking website Lead Stories: “On February 27, 2022, just days after the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Merz spoke of the first pictures seen and the first thoughts in the minutes after receiving the news about the war.”

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He mispronounced when he referred to the date and said “September 24, 2022” when he intended to say “February 24, 2022”.

In addition to the word clumsiness of the leader, there have also been conspiracies online that a solar flare will occur on Sept. 24, which some users say would intensify hurricanes and cause more severe damage than usual.

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But in reality, solar flares are frequent and pose very little risk to humans.

Do social media users have evidence of a Doomsday event on September 24?

There is no scientific basis for the idea that a solar flare (or zombies, or World War III, or a global blackout) will destroy any part of the Earth on September 24, 2022.

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The conspiracy theorists point to an episode of The Simpsons in which Homer joins a survivalist cult.

Doomsday adherents are spreading false information that a solar flare will surely destroy the Earth

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Doomsday adherents are spreading false information that a solar flare will surely destroy the Earth

In the episode, Homer prophesies, “The apocalypse is coming. Maybe not tomorrow, maybe never, but it’s coming.”

This is connected to September 24 as it is the 24th episode of season nine.

In other words, it is claimed to be September 24, which is the European way of writing September 24.

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So should I be prepared for an apocalypse?

If preparing for an apocalypse makes you feel better, do what you need to do.

However, the idea that it will happen on September 24, 2022 has no substantial evidence and is purely based on a lot of feed on social media.

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