Did the British tabloid newspaper the Daily Mail publish a front-page story about online protests in Kenya?
Kenyans have been increasingly concerned about the country’s debt and made their views known about the latest loan from the IMF on social media, using hashtags such as #StopLoaningKenya and #StopGivingKenyaLoans.
The intro to the article on the front page seems genuine, apparently written by “Angus McMartin”.
It reads: “This Easter weekend, IMF social media posts suffered an invasion by belligerent Kenyans intent on being heard. What started impulsively ballooned into a full-blown virtual ‘revolution’ at a time when Kenya’s capital Nairobi is in lockdown.”
But did the online uproar in Kenya really make headlines in the UK? We checked.
Fake front page
An advanced Google search of the Daily Mail website also showed no trace of the name “Angus McMartin”, suggesting someone by that name is unlikely to write for the newspaper. We also found no trace of a journalist called Angus McMartin online.
The image circulating on Facebook of a Daily Mail front page has been digitally manipulated. The UK tabloid didn’t report on online protests in Kenya against the IMF.
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