A number of malicious hoax stories are circulating online, spreading false information about Caitlyn Jenner.
The former Olympian and reality star came out as trans in April this year, and has been vocal about her transition to female.
However, one hoax ‘news’ website has printed a number of fake stories about her ‘de-transitioning’, presumably with the intention of going viral and making advertising money.
The website, which PinkNews has chosen not to name, published an entirely fabricated article titled “Caitlyn Jenner ‘Regrets Transformation’; Will Become a Man Again Soon”.
The article claims: “It seems as though Caitlyn cannot handle all the publicity.
“Caitlyn told reporters ‘I’m going to be honest, I regret my transformation, I have no Idea what I’m doing, I miss being a man, I still like p*ssy’.
“Caitlyn did not reveal when she/he would undergo the transformation back to a man. We will update you as the story unfolds.”
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A second article on the same website also attacks Jenner, claiming Glamour Magazine has stripped Caitlyn Jenner of her ‘Woman Of The Year’ Award to present it “to a real woman”.
The hoax site falsely quotes a Glamour spokesperson as saying: “We’ve decided to take back the award.
“We’ve considered all the complaints and came to the conclusion that it was completely foolish to award Kylie Jenner’s transsexual father with the Woman of the Year award.
“I actually told the publishers it was a bad idea from the start but they did not listen to me.
“We are greatly sorry to those who were offended and angered at our initial decision. We will re-present the award to a more deserving woman in the days to come.”
In reality, Glamour has stood behind the decision to give Caitlyn Jenner the award.
Despite being clearly false and potentially libellous, the fake stories have continued to spread on social media – sometimes appearing ‘recommended’ to readers of other sites, and relying on people not to fact-check.
Hoax-busting website Snopes warns: “There is no truth to the article. [The website] is one of many fake news sites that aims to drive traffic by penning fictitious articles about trending issues.
It adds: “[The outlet] wasn’t the only web site that attempted to capitalize on the transphobia that descended on the web after Caitlyn Jenner’s Vanity Fair cover.
“In addition to the baseless rumour that Jenner had won the Arthur Ashe Courage Award over ‘runner up’ Noah Galloway, another ‘entertainment’ web site penned a fake article claiming that Kris Jenner was planning to transition to male so that she could get back together with Caitlyn Jenner.”