Here are four things I suspect helped the hoax spread.
The Talking Angela app has a Child mode that can be switched on and off.
So we’ve established that some children who are supposed to be in Child mode probably won’t be and that some parents will not like what they hear Talking Angela saying when that happens.
This outpouring of outrage has been so verbose and so sudden that the internet has all but run out of upper case letters.
So parents wishing to ‘safeguard’ their children from this cat’s far-from-shocking conversation by allowing them to only use it in Child mode will be hard pressed to say, at a glance, if it’s on.