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Fake News: Lusaka Restaurant NOT Shutdown For Selling Human Flesh

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Fri, 18 May 2018 13:44:58 Z)

Was a restaurant in Lusaka shut down for selling human flesh? No, that's not true, and it wasn't true before either in a restaurant in Malta, a restaurant in Namibia and a restaurant in Brunei. The same hoax has been copied with some details changed once more, it is not real.

The latest version was published in an article on May 18, 2018 on a website named K24 MediaMax (not affiliated with the real TV channel) titled "Lusaka Restaurant Shutdown For Selling Human Flesh - K24" (archived here) which opened:

Lusaka-A restaurant in Kamwala in Lusaka has been closed down after its activities of selling human flesh came to the knowledge of local leaders.

Police were informed about the restaurant's activities by local leaders and residents, where they rushed to the scene and were shocked to see two human heads; still fresh, oozing blood.

The blood was being drained into a polythene bag, perhaps going to be served as a different delicacy.

The police arrested six women and four men in connection with the crime.

At the time of arrest, they managed to recover an AK-47 rifle while other weapons including sets of grenades, and several mobile phones.

Screenshot of http://www.k24-news.com/lusaka-restaurant-shutdown-for-selling-human-flesh/

We wrote about k24-news.com before, here are our most recent articles that mention the site:

Yeah, they really seem to like that recycled cannibalism restaurant story.

The sites the previous versions of the hoax were published on were all part of a large network of fake news websites that often reused the same hoaxes but set in different countries. After a recent investigation by Lead Stories revealed the network was being run out of Ghana it suddenly shut down:

Global Fake News Network Responsible For Dozens of Death Hoaxes Shuts Down After Ghana Connections Revealed | Lead Stories

STORY UPDATED: check for updates below. On April 17, 2018 former First Lady Barbara Bush passed away but a full day earlier an article prematurely announcing her death from a website pretending to be CNN managed to rack up a combined 2.3 million likes, shares and comments on Facebook.

It is not clear if this website is part of the same network or if it is run by somebody copying their content and methods.

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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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