Published on World News Daily Report on 16 September 2018, the article claims the woman, from the US state of Ohio, confessed to “deliberately inserting the child in her vaginal cavity” because she “wanted to know how it felt to give birth”.
The article was flagged as possibly false by Facebook’s fact-checking system.
The story is not true. But it’s also not intended to mislead. It’s an openly made-up piece of fiction that’s meant to be a joke, loosely qualifying it for the rating of satire.
World News Daily Report’s tagline is: “Where the facts don’t matter.”
Each page of the site carries a disclaimer:
“World News Daily Report assumes all responsibility for the satirical nature of its articles and for the fictional nature of their content. All characters appearing in the articles in this website – even those based on real people – are entirely fictional and any resemblance between them and any person, living, dead or undead, is purely a miracle.” – Africa Check
For publishers: what to do if your post is rated false
A fact-checker has rated your Facebook or Instagram post as “false”. What should you do? First, don't delete!
Click on our guide for the steps you should follow.
Africa Check teams up with Facebook
Africa Check is a partner in Facebook’s third-party fact-checking programme to help stop the spread of false information on social media.
The content we rate as “false” will be downgraded on Facebook and Instagram. This means fewer people will see it.
You can also help identify false information on Facebook. This guide explains how.