The claim: Global News reported that not including pronouns in your bio and email signature is a sign of bigotry
An image being shared on social media claims Canadian news outlet Global News published an article titled “Experts say not including pronouns in your bio, email signature, are a sign of bigotry."
One Sept. 22 Facebook post that included the purported screenshot was shared more than 100 times in four days.
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But no such headline ever appeared on the outlet’s website.
USA TODAY reached out to the user who shared the claim for comment.
Global News targeted by series of altered headlines
Rebecca Joseph, a digital managing editor for Global News, wrote in a Sept. 26 tweet that the supposed headline, along with others that have targeted the outlet as of late, was “not real” and any legitimate articles would be searchable on the outlet’s website.
USA TODAY searched the Global News website but found no record of the purported story.
Global News did publish an article on Sept. 15 that included the same byline and timestamp as the altered story. The genuine article, however, was about dwindling restaurant profits, not pronoun usage.
A reverse image search reveals the altered image appeared on iFunny, a meme-sharing website, prior to being posted on Facebook.
The Associated Press also debunked this claim.
Our rating: Altered
Based on our research, we rate ALTERED an image that purports to show Global News reported that not including pronouns in a bio or email signature is a sign of bigotry. This image was digitally created, as the outlet didn't publish any such story.
Our fact-check sources:
USA TODAY, Sept. 29, Fact check: Image shows fabricated Global News headline about far-right extremism
AFP Fact Check, Sept. 28, Images of doctored Global News articles circulate online
Rebecca Joseph, Sept. 26, Tweet
The Associated Press, Sept. 26, Fake Global News headline about pronouns spreads online
Global News, Sept. 16, Half of Canadian restaurants operating at a loss or ‘just breaking even’
USA TODAY, June 30, Fact check: Image showing news story on LGBTQ Marine uniform pin is fabricated
The Wall Street Journal, Sept. 16, 2021, Why Gender Pronouns Are Becoming a Big Deal at Work
The Evening Standard, July 10, 2020, BBC asks staff to support trans people by using preferred gender pronouns
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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Fact check: Altered image shows supposed news story on pronoun usage