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Fact Check-Fabricated image of fake The Atlantic report on straight men being in ‘unique position’ to end monkeypox stigma

An image purporting to show an article published by The Atlantic, reporting that straight men are in a “unique position” to end the stigma around monkeypox is fabricated.

The screenshot circulating online features The Atlantic banner viewable on the upper-third of the image, with typography that matches authentic online articles published by the outlet. The purported headline reads: “My First Gay Orgy.” The alleged sub-headline reads: “Straight Men Are In A Unique Position To End The Stigma Surrounding Monkey Pox.”

An example can be seen (here).

Other examples of the claim shared online can be found (here), (here), (here), (here) and (here).

The image is fabricated, however, and no such headline was published by the outlet, a spokesperson for The Atlantic confirmed to Reuters.

An account that describes itself as a meme profile appeared to take ownership for the post via Twitter (here).

A search via The Atlantic’s website did not reveal the purported headline, nor did archived versions of the website (archive.ph/wip/wg8to), (here).

A Twitter advanced search did not reveal the headline published via The Atlantic’s official Twitter account (archive.ph/wip/Wt9ym).

A Google advanced search did not reveal the purported article, and instead showed the screenshot shared via the meme site iFunny (archive.ph/wip/vPVBp).

Reuters has previously addressed fabricated headlines that duped users online (here), (here), (here).

Reuters has addressed false and stigmatizing narratives that monkeypox only affects men who have sex with men (here), (here).

VERDICT

False. The Atlantic did not publish an article reporting that straight men are in a “unique position” to end the stigma around monkeypox. The image is fabricated, and no such headline was published by the outlet.

This article was produced by the Reuters Fact Check team. Read more about our fact-checking work here.

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