Fake News: Palace Did NOT Confirm Queen's Christmas Message Will Have Arabic Subtitles for Syrian Refugees

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  • by: Maarten Schenk

Will Queen Elizabeth II read her traditional Christmas message with Arabic subtitles for Syrian refugees this year? No, that's not true: the story was made up by a British satire website. There is no truth to the story and the screenshot that went with it was digitally created from a still from her 2016 Christmas message.

The story originated from an article published on December 23, 2018 titled " Palace confirms Queen's Christmas message will have Arabic subtitles for Syrian refugees" (archived here) which opened:

A spokesperson for Buckingham Palace has confirmed that this year's Christmas message from Her Majesty The Queen will have Arabic subtitles for the benefit of Syrian refugees who have arrived in the United Kingdom.

He said that they would be added to the broadcast transmission footage, meaning that all viewers will see them regardless of whether or not they are switched on.

He added, 'We want everyone watching the broadcast to feel that they have been embraced by it.'

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Users on social media only saw this title and thumbnail so some of them may have thougt it was real:

Palace confirms Queen's Christmas message will have Arabic subtitles for Syrian refugees

But the story was posted under the "Satire" category of the blog and the "Campaign For Equal Equality And Inclusive Inclusion For All" mentioned in the article does not exist.

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  Maarten Schenk

Lead Stories co-founder Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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