gif

Health - Misinformation

“Cannibals and Corona”: Satire News Goes Viral

  Saturday 28th March 2020

  • 1902
  • 03-28

News websites and social media users published news titled, “14 Cannibals Die after Eating Chinese Engineer infected with Coronavirus. ”

“A total of 14 members of the cannibal tribe in Papua New Guinea died due to the coronavirus days after a comprehensive investigation which found that they ate Chinese engineer infected with the disease, who worked for a Chinese Chinese mining firm in the country, located in the northeast of Australia - the British World Daily reported on Thursday,” the news reads.

It is a satirical news that has gone viral without any reference to its satirical nature

Verify-Sy Platform found it is a satirical piece by a satirical website called “World News Daily Report”. The website says it is “an American Jewish Zionist newspaper based in Tel Aviv.” In its Disclaimer section, the website says “Information contained in this World News Daily Report website is for information and entertainment purposes only… This website may include incomplete information, inaccuracies or typo/graphical errors.”

The news has been published by dozens of Arabic websites, e.g. Egypt24 that cited Okaz’s websites that later removed the piece, and social media users.

Tweeter @almobark_, which has over 468 followers, has posted the news which has gained over 450 retweets. Also, @PsychiatristQ8 has posted the news and has gained over 320 retweets.