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Fake News: Man Did NOT Contract Flesh-eating Disease After Anal-Oral Contact With Boyfriend With Diarrhea

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Tue, 10 Apr 2018 18:56:01 Z)

Did 28-year old Adam Rader from San Francisco, California contract necrotizing fasciitis after attempting oral sex on the anus of his boyfriend Benjamin Segura who was suffering from diarrhea and flu at the time? No, that did not happen. The stomach-churning act never took place, the story was not true. It was invented by a site specializing in publishing fake stories.

It first appeared on April 10, 2018 on the website World News Daily Report and was titled titled "Man contracts flesh-eating disease after eating boyfriend's anus while he had diarrhea" (archived here). The article opened:

San Francisco, CA | A 28-year-old man is lying in critical condition after he contracted necrotizing fasciitis, a rare form of flesh-eating bacteria.
Adam Rader, 28, was transported to UCSF Medical Center after suffering from severe pain in his mouth and throat, as well as fever, and vomiting.

Rader was rapidly diagnosed by the medical staff after his boyfriend told doctors his mouth had been in contact with diarrhea.

"He knew I had gastroenteritis but I guess he was still really intoxicated from the GHB and the ecstasy" his boyfriend, Benjamin Segura, told reporters.
Rader apparently did not heed his boyfriend's warnings and attempted oral sex on his partner's anal region, although he was apparently already suffering from the flu.

Screenshot of http://worldnewsdailyreport.com/man-contracts-flesh-eating-disease-after-eating-boyfriends-anus-while-he-had-diarrhea/

Users on social media only saw this title, description and thumbnail might have mistaken the story for a real news article:

Man contracts flesh-eating disease after eating boyfriend's anus while he had diarrhea

San Francisco, CA | A 28-year-old man is lying in critical condition after he contracted necrotizing fasciitis, a rare form of flesh-eating bacteria. Adam Rader, 28, was transported to UCSF Medical Center after suffering from severe pain in his mouth and throat, as well as fever, and vomiting. R

But the man in the picture was actually found in a Tucson, Arizona park in 2015 after suffering a seizure and the blurred out region of his face was not eaten by flesh-eating bacteria, it was just some band-aid:

Hospital IDs man who had seizure in park

UMC is thanking the community for providing leads that helped identify a man who had a seizure Monday. The man, a Tucsonan who remains in serious condition,was taken to the hospital after a bystander called 911. His mother "is very grateful" for the help in IDing her son, a hospital spokeswoman said.

The website World News Daily Report is a well known satire website specialized in posting hoaxes and made up stories. The disclaimer on their website is pretty clear about that even though you have to scroll all the way down the page to find it:

World News Daily Report assumes 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 person, living, dead or undead, is purely a miracle.

It is run by Janick Murray-Hall and Olivier Legault, who also run the satirical Journal de Mourréal, a satirical site spoofing the (real) Journal de Montéal. Very often their stories feature an image showing a random crazy mugshot found in a mugshot gallery on the internet or on a stock photo website superimposed over a background of flashing police lights or crime scene tape.

Articles from the site are frequently copied (sometimes even months or years later) by varous fake news websites that omit the satire disclaimer and present the information as real.

We wrote about worldnewsdailyreport.com before, here are our most recent articles that mention the site:

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About the author:

Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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