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Taliban Bans Sanitary Napkins? No, That's a Morphed CNN Screenshot

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A screenshot purportedly showing an article published by international news organisation CNN stating that the Taliban has banned sanitary napkins in Afghanistan, is being shared on social media.

However, we found that the viral screenshot used incorrect logo of CNN and misspelt several words, suggesting that it is fake.


The headline seen in the screenshot reads: "Taliban bans sanitory napkins in Afghanistan, says it's not a Sharia complaint practice (sic)."

The image was shared by Twitter user 'Sunanda Roy' with the text: "Real women empowerment for feminazis. (sic)"

<div class="paragraphs"><p>You can view the archived version <a href="" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:here" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">here</a>.</p></div>

You can view the archived version here.

The image was then shared on Facebook as well. You can view some of the archived posts here, here, and here. We also received a query about the same post on our tipline number.

Also Read: Satirical Article Shared as CNN 'Praising' Taliban For Wearing Masks


We ran a search on Google using the headline seen in the viral screenshot, however, could not find any such article being carried by CNN.

Next, we noticed that the headline was riddled with spelling mistakes. For instance: 'sanitary' was spelt as "sanitory" and 'compliant' as "complaint".

<div class="paragraphs"><p>The headline seen in the viral screenshot is riddled with spelling mistakes.</p></div>

The headline seen in the viral screenshot is riddled with spelling mistakes.

The viral screenshot also showed an incorrect logo of CNN. We compared the viral screenshot with a CNN article published on 13 September, when viewed using a web browser on a mobile phone, and found that the 'N' in CNN's logo had been inverted in the former.

<div class="paragraphs"><p>Left: Viral Screenshot. Right: CNN article.</p></div>

Left: Viral Screenshot. Right: CNN article.

Further, we couldn't find any news report on Taliban banning sanitary napkins after taking control over Afghanistan.

Evidently, a morphed screenshot was shared by social media users falsely claiming to show that media outlet CNN published an article on Taliban banning sanitary napkins in Afghanistan.

Also Read: Morphed Image Shared to Claim Men Attended Pro-Taliban Gathering in Burqas

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