Reports that a Zambian man was arrested after boasting he lost 280 pounds on a “cannibal diet” are false. The disturbing rumor about a cannibalistic “regimen” stemmed from a notorious purveyor of fake news and satire.
The fake claim originated on World News Daily Report, a website known for publishing fake news and outlandish satire. The article claimed that a 43-year-old man from Zambia had been arrested after bragging online that he had lost nearly 300 pounds on a “cannibal diet.” It purported:
A Zambian man has been arrested by authorities after boasting on social media that he had lost 280 pounds by eating a “human meat-only” diet.
Mwamba Tembo, 43, claims he was overweight until his witch doctor advised him to go on a three-month human bone broth regime.
Tembo shared on social media his progressive weight loss, never divulging that he indulged in human bone broth until the end of his 3-month-long regime.
The report, however, is entirely fabricated. The unsettling claims are not real and, as Snopes reports, the man pictured in the article is actually a Nigerian man who had shown off his weight loss following a procedure—not a “cannibal diet” as stated in the fake story. The man’s photos were taken from previous reports and used to trick readers into thinking the story was genuine.
Former Obese Man ‘Baba Mutu’ Shares Photos To Show His Incredible Weight Loss. https://t.co/te3qZZuMti pic.twitter.com/KHNLFSL9Ov
— NationalHelm (@nationalhelm) December 11, 2017
World News Daily Report, which has a history of publishing disturbing/bizarre stories, clearly states in their disclaimer that articles are purely satirical:
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.
Here are some examples of people sharing the fake story on social media:
Social Media Shares Fake Story about Man Losing 280 Pounds on “Cannibal Diet”
Zambian man arrested after boasting he lost 280 pounds on ‘cannibal diet’ https://t.co/ofGIGCeYp2
— Anthony Watkins (@8thWonder8th) May 11, 2018
@smokeydogg777 MAN ARRESTED AFTER BOASTING HE LOST 280 POUNDS ON A CANNIBAL DIET https://t.co/qivwfkwFf3
— Elliot Speller V2.0 (@ElliotSpeller2) May 16, 2018
Zambian man arrested after boasting he lost 280 pounds on ‘cannibal diet’ https://t.co/1CdcP1PKU1
— CHUCK CHIANESE (@chucky12143) May 12, 2018
Have you seen the fake story about a man being arrested after boasting he lost 280 pounds on a “cannibal diet” circulating social media? What are your thoughts on the infamous fake news website that published the article? Sound off in the comments section below!
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