Hoax alert! Anti-cheating ‘Commit-Tech’ genital implant doesn’t exist

A Now 8 News article shared 44,500 times on Facebook claims the new “Commit-Tech” genital implant will alert people via phone if their partner cheats. A screenshot of the claim is also on Facebook.

The headline “New penis implant will alert your cell phone when your man is cheating” appears above a photo of a microchip on a fingertip.

Now 8 News claims the device was invented by Microsoft and Apple to “cut down on infidelity, save marriages and keep people in relationships accountable for their actions”.

“Together, the technology giants have created a ‘genital implant’ that will alert your cell phone if your partner goes astray.”

The implant is supposedly for both men and women. The article says Commit-Tech can be implanted in the tip of the penis and in the vulva.

“These two microchips will be synced together with an app that is installed on your cell phone. If at any time, one of these chips is involved in any sexual activity without the other chip, it will alert the partners’ cell phone that the other has been cheating.”

Is this anti-cheating tech real? We checked.

Microchip is light sensor

We could find no record of genital implants or Commit-Tech on the Apple and Microsoft websites. 

A Tineye reverse image search using the article’s photo reveals it was first used as early as 24 October 2009, in a Spanish blog post on motor programming.

It’s a Shutterstock stock photo by Joris van den Heuvel, of a “transparent light sensor microchip resting on a fingertip”.

Penile and vaginal implants?

The only record of penile implants we could find were of those for medical use.

“Penile implants are typically recommended after other treatments for erectile dysfunction fail,” says Mayo Clinic. “These implants can also be used to treat severe cases of a condition that causes scarring inside the penis, leading to curved, painful erections.”

As for implants in the vulva, the only device we could find was the vaginal mesh implant. According to the Health Products Regulatory Authority, “this surgical mesh is a medical device made from a synthetic (absorbable, partially absorbable or non-absorbable) material that is used to support weakened tissues”.

Commit-Tech has been researched by fact-checkers at Snopes, Lead Stories and the UK tabloid Metro. All found the story of the device be false. – Grace Gichuhi


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