Fake-News Report Claims Racehorse to be Executed for Being Homosexual

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According to a report that is making its way around the Internet via social media, a famous racehorse in Saudi Arabia is set to be executed because he was found to be homosexual. Supposedly, the 12 million dollar horse, the property of a Saudi prince, will be euthanised after he was  ‘caught in sexual intercourse with another stallion’ on two separate occasions.

The report includes a photograph of the horse with its owners. The caption to a second image in the report claims that the decision ‘was  meant to send a clear message that homosexuality, under any form, would not be tolerated in the kingdom’.

But, thankfully, the claims in the report are untrue. The story is a work of fiction that comes from the notorious fake-news website World News Daily Report (WNDR).

The image used in the fake article is taken from another website and actually depicts a mare named Nashwa El Safinat that was awarded the WAHO Trophy for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia back in 2009.

Nothing published on WNDR should be taken seriously. The site, which apparently considers itself to be satirical, includes the following disclaimer in its About Us section:

WNDR assumes however 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 persons, living, dead, or undead is purely a miracle.

However,  the site’s articles are presented in news format and many visitors will not dig down into the About Us section to see the disclaimer. Thus, many people tend to share the site’s reports in the mistaken belief that they are real news.

There are a number of fake-news sites that, between them, churn out a constant stream of drivel disguised as news. It is thus a good idea to verify any strange or unusual reports that come your way before you share them with others. Searching a news aggregator such as Google News will usually reveal if a circulating story is true.




Example:

SAUDI ARABIA: FAMOUS RACEHORSE TO BE EXECUTED FOR BEING HOMOSEXUAL
Doha| A famous racehorse with an estimated value of more than 12 million American dollars, is to be euthanized on Friday, after it was allegedly caught in sexual intercourse with another stallion.Horse Executed fake-news message




Last updated: November 15, 2015
First published: November 15, 2015
By Brett M. Christensen
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References
SAUDI ARABIA: FAMOUS RACEHORSE TO BE EXECUTED FOR BEING HOMOSEXUAL
NASHWA EL SAFINAT – 2009 WAHO Trophy Winner – Saudi Arabia
WNDR Disclaimer
Identifying Fake-News Articles and Websites
Fake-News: Articles About Satirical Reports and Websites