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No, Scientists in Texas are NOT Going to Use Sex Offenders for Medical Research

Outline
Message circulating via social media claims that scientists in Texas are set to start using convicted sex offenders for medical research.

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Brief Analysis
The claims in the message are untrue. The article that the message links to is published on the satirical website, National Report. All articles published on the site are fiction. Nothing originating from the National Report website should be taken seriously.

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Texas Scientists Given Green Light To Use Sex Offenders For Medical Research

Sutton County, TX) – Hundreds of violent and predatory sex offenders are being transferred from multiple correctional facilities all over Texas to a specialized medical research facility where they will spend the rest of their lives being used as subjects in medical experimentation and testing.

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Detailed Analysis


According to a message circulating via Facebook and other social media sites, scientists in Texas have been given the green light to start using convicted sex offenders for medical research. The message links to what appears to be a news article on the National Report website. 

The article claims "sex offenders are being transferred from multiple correctional facilities all over Texas to a specialized medical research facility where they will spend the rest of their lives being used as subjects in medical experimentation and testing".

But, of course, the claims in the article are nonsense. No such law has been passed and sex offenders are not set to be used for medical research as claimed.

National Report is a satirical website and none of the articles published on the site are true. 

The image used in the fake article was taken from a genuine news report about violence in Ohio prisons. The photograph depicts inmates at Ohio's Lebanon Correctional Institution waiting in line to go through a metal detector in 2011.

Previously, the satirical status of the National Report site was made clear via the following notice:
DISCLAIMER:  National Report is a news and political satire web publication, which may or may not use real names, often in semi-real or mostly fictitious ways.  All news articles contained within National Report are fiction, and presumably fake news.  Any resemblance to the truth is purely coincidental. 
However, the site has now removed explicit references to the satirical and fictional nature of its articles.

Thus, even more people than before are being duped into believing that the information on the site is factual. And, many people apparently just read, believe, and share social media messages containing National Report article headlines without actually clicking the links and reading the full article.

Via this mechanism, the fake claims spread far and wide.

Good satire has its place, but it is wise to validate any supposed news article you receive before passing it on.

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Last updated: November 13, 2013
First published: November 13, 2013
By Brett M. Christensen
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References
Texas Scientists Given Green Light To Use Sex Offenders For Medical Research
Assaults in Ohio prisons up 20.6%
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