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Hoax Alert: Netflix NOT To Remove All Christian Content After Complaints From Muslims

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Wed, 30 Mar 2016 10:06:10 Z)

Video streaming service Netflix is to remove all references to Christ and Christianity from it's programming, at least if you believe the satirical article from News Thump which recently went viral.

It quotes the fictional leader of the Muslim Brotherhood of Bath and Northeast Somerset, Ali McLaren, who supposedly wrote (on an 18th century halal goatskin, no less):

We demand you remove this terrible material from your website immediately. It's bad enough we have to pay for bullshit we can download for free anyway, without Dawn French's infidel face being thrust into our televisions. And our group of three members speaks for the entire Muslim population, because that's what we've read in the Daily Express.

If that didn't tip you off the article is satire, then maybe the header of News Thump's website will. It literaly says:

UK Spoof News and Satire

But then again, when people only see the part of the article that is visible when the article is shared online, it is no wonder some people might fall for it:

Netflix to remove all Christian content after complaints from Muslims

Netflix are to remove all references to Christ and Christianity from its services after a record number of complaints from Muslims. The quite good video streaming service is pulling all its latest shows featuring Christian themes such as The Vicar of Dibley, Father Dowling Investigates, as well as 1990 smash hit Nuns on the Run.

So far, about 1000 people have liked/shared the article online, but it probably won't take long for this 'news' to be picked up by questionable 'news' outlets who can then get all offended about it and spread it further.

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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