The Internet has fallen for a satire story about Saudi Arabia declaring women ‘mammals’ but not human

Published March 10th, 2016 - 11:27 GMT
The story was posted on a hoax news website, but that did not stop Twitter users believing it. (AFP/File)
The story was posted on a hoax news website, but that did not stop Twitter users believing it. (AFP/File)

Saudi Arabia is often the target of hoax news websites, and all too often these fake news stories are believed. Perhaps this is due to the fact that there are plenty examples of unbelievable stories coming out of the kingdom which are, in fact, true.

So it is not surprising that a story published on World News Daily Report, a website which boasts headlines such as, “YEMEN: COURT RULES TEENAGER HAS TO MARRY IMPREGNATED CAMEL” and “‘HOT’ ISLAMIC STATE SOLDIER QUITS JIHAD FOR MODELING CAREER,” was believed.

The story, “SAUDI ARABIA: PANEL OF SCIENTISTS ADMITS WOMEN ARE MAMMALS, YET ‘NOT HUMAN’” has been spread widely on social media, with users expressing their shock and disgust - apparently not realising it’s entirely fake.

 

“In an unprecedented ruling, a panel of Saudi scientists has concluded that women are actually mammals, granting them the same rights as other mammal species such as camels, dromedaries and even goats,” the article states.

As is all too common, social media users did not bother to verify the story (a quick browse of the website’s other headlines would have done the trick) and shared it in outrage.

See below, via Twitter.


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