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Fake-News: 'FDA Approves Tranquilizing Darts for Children'


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Outline

Circulating 'news' report claims that America's FDA has approved the release of anaesthetic dart guns designed to calm children with ADHD.

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Brief Analysis

The claims in the report are nonsense. The story is a work of fiction that comes from the fake-news 'satire' website World News Daily Report. None of the reports published on the site are real news and they should not be taken seriously.

   

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FDA APPROVES NEW TRANQUILIZING DARTS FOR CHILDREN

Washington | The FDA announced this morning it gave its approval for the marketing release of their new anesthetic dart guns, specifically designed to calm children suffering from ADHD.

Fake News - FDA APPROVES NEW TRANQUILIZING DARTS FOR CHILDREN



Detailed Analysis

Report Claims FDA has Approved Tranquilizing Dart Guns for Children

According to this circulating report, America's Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the release of new anaesthetic dart guns that can be used on children who suffer from ADHD.

Supposedly, darts from the guns, which the report claims have a range of 10 to 12 feet, can put a child to sleep within 4 seconds and last for 4 to 6 hours per dose. The report claims that the guns have been specifically created to assist parents of children with ADHD.

Report is Nonsense - Comes from Fake-News Site World News Daily Report

But, thankfully, the claims in the report are utter nonsense. Of course, no such tranquilizing dart guns have been approved.

In fact, the story is just a work of fiction publsihed by the fake-news website World News Daily Report (WNDR). The site includes the following disclaimer:
WNDR assumes however 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 persons, living, dead, or undead is purely a miracle.
Although they may resemble genuine news articles at first glance, none of the stories published on WNDR should be taken seriously. World News Daily Report has been responsible for a string of absurd fake-news stories that have gone viral in recent months.

The tranquilizing dart gun story has also been published on various other fake-news and 'viral story' websites, which, unfortunately give the material even greater reach.

An alternative version of the story omits references to ADHD children and claims that pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson is set to produce the dart guns.

The image if the dart guns used in the fake report also appears on the website of Dutch design studio Groendijk.

Verify Social Media 'News' Reports Before Sharing

If any strange or unusual 'news' story crosses your social media feeds or inboxes, it is a good idea to check its veracity before you share it with others. Generally, a search via an online news portal will quickly reveal if a circulating story is false.

Of course, if the tranquilizing dart gun story were true, it would have been given a great deal of attention by the mainstream media.

Last updated: May 21, 2015
First published: May 21, 2015
By Brett M. Christensen
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References
FDA APPROVES NEW TRANQUILIZING DARTS FOR CHILDREN
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FDA Approves Tranquilizer Dart Guns That Puts Kids To Sleep
Groendijk - Medical Injection Gun
Identifying Fake-News Articles and Websites