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Fake News: Marines Still Do NOT Allow Full Sleeve Tattoos

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Sat, 08 Sep 2018 12:58:53 Z)

Did the U.S. Marine Corps relax tattoo standards and is it now allowing full-sleeve tattoos? No, that's not true, despite a prank post made via something called "The Fake News Generator" on a website with a domain name that pretends to be the Associated Press but isn't. It is not real.

The story originated from an article published on theasociatedpress.com (not the real www.ap.org) on the September 8, 2018 titled "Marines now allowed full sleeves" (archived here) which opened:

Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Neller has authorized the use of full sleeve tattoos

Screenshot of https://theasociatedpress.com/2018/09/7/Marines-now-allowed-full-sleeves/3TWFyaW5lcyBub3cgYWxsb3dlZCBmdWxsIHNsZWV2ZXM=.Q29tbWFuZGFudCBvZiB0aGUgTWFyaW5lIENvcnBzIEdlbi4gTmVsbGVyIGhhcyBhdXRob3JpemVkIHRoZSB1c2Ugb2YgZnVsbCBzbGVldmUgdGF0dG9vcw==.aHR0cHM6Ly9mYXJtOC5zdGF0aWNmbGlja3IuY29tLzcwMTUvNjcxNjcxMjUyM19lNGUxYzM5ODViX3ouanBn

Users on social media only saw this title, description and thumbnail so they could have easily confused it for real news:

Marines now allowed full sleeves

Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Neller has authorized the use of full sleeve tattoos

However the actual policy for tattoos in the USMC can be read here and full-sleeve ones are clearly not allowed:

Marine Corps Tattoos


On top of that the website pushing the hoax has following disclaimer at the top:

You clicked this fake news story. Now make your own!

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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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