Fact Check-Story saying ‘LGBTQ+ pins’ now allowed on U.S. marines uniform is fabricated

by Reuters
Monday, 4 July 2022 16:36 GMT

U.S. Marines wait to enter building in a room-clearing drill as they train to be members of a Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team (FAST) unit at a training ground in Chesapeake, Virginia, September 25, 2012. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

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The screenshot suggests the article was published by Global News – but no such article exists on the Global News website

A doctored screenshot falsely suggests that a Canadian media company published a story headlined: “U.S. Marines now able to wear LGBTQ+ pin on uniform”. There is no evidence the article was ever published. The journalist who supposedly wrote the story said the screenshot was faked.

The screenshot has been shared hundreds of times on Twitter (here) and on Facebook (here), where commentators condemned the supposed rule change.

The screenshot suggests the article was published by Global News – but no such article exists on the Global News website (here). If such an article was published and deleted, no trace of it exists in The Internet Archive.

The screenshot also suggests the article was written by the journalist Kathryn Mannie. But she told Reuters the image had been “photoshopped. “I did not write this article and the contents are untrue,” she said.

Rishma Govani, Director of Communications for Global News, told Reuters by email that the article was never published on the GLobal News site and was “falsely associated with the Global News brand.”

The current Marine Corps uniform policy has not been updated since May 2018 (here).

VERDICT

A fabricated screenshot falsely suggests that Global News published a story about U.S. marines being allowed to wear “LGBTQ+ pins”. No such article was published, and no such change in uniform guidelines has been announced.

This article was produced by the Reuters Fact Check team. Read more about our work to fact-check social media posts here.

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