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Fake News: 6-year-old Migrant In Sweden Was NOT In Fact A 35-year-old Midget From Syria

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Tue, 19 Jun 2018 14:16:47 Z)

Did 35-year-old midget Khalid Ali Razzaz, a former ISIS soldier, enter Sweden as a refugee by pretending to be a 6-year-old boy? No, that's not true: the story was made up by a site that makes a living by inventing tales of bizarre crimes and sex acts so people would visit the site and click on their ads. The story is not real, it did not actually happen.

The story originated from an article published by World News Daily Report on June 19, 2018 titled "Sweden: 6-year-old migrant was in fact 35-year-old midget from Syria" (archived here) which opened:

Stockholm | Swedish authorities have identified a 35-year-old former ISIS soldier that had been masquerading as a 6-year-old boy for over a year.
Khalid Ali Razzaz's identity was finally revealed after school officials at Eriksdalsskolan Elementary School became suspicious of the man's indecent sexual behavior with school personnel.

Razzaz apparently touched a number of women teachers in an "inappropriate manner" according to the school administration, as well as displayed "highly sexualized behavior" in front of other classmates.

Screenshot of https://worldnewsdailyreport.com/sweden-6-year-old-migrant-was-in-fact-35-year-old-midget-from-syria/

Users on social media only saw this title, description and thumbnail and may have mistaken it for real news:

Sweden: 6-year-old migrant was in fact 35-year-old midget from Syria

Stockholm | Swedish authorities have identified a 35-year-old former ISIS soldier that had been masquerading as a 6-year-old boy for over a year. Khalid Ali Razzaz's identity was finally revealed after school officials at Eriksdalsskolan Elementary School became suspicious of the man's indecent sex

The tiny terrorist is real enough though:

DWARF SOLDIER: Move over Bulldozer, Jihadi 'Little' John is the next big ISIS terror

IG/AP Pics of the diddy diehard and his arsenal of terror, including AK47s and rocket launchers, have been doing the rounds on social media. It comes after Islamic State's 20st executioner 'The Bulldozer' was revealed to the world beheading victims in cold blood for the camera.

But 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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