Fact Check-CNN did not praise the Taliban for wearing masks; screenshot originates from satirical website

Screenshots of a satirical article that says a CNN news report praised the Taliban for “responsibly” wearing face masks have duped social media users into thinking the claim is authentic.

Examples of the posts can be viewed (here , here , here , here and here).

An image appears to show a CNN news report with a breaking news caption that says: “Taliban fighters responsibly wearing masks.”

One individual added in the comments: “ sick! No wonder there are so many disturbed people in this country! insane, fake news!!” Another said: “It has to be a joke!”

While the screenshot originates from an article published on the satirical website Babylon Bee, some users still posted the image of the falsified news report and took it out of context.

The article, published on Aug. 14, is entitled: “CNN Praises Taliban For Wearing Masks During Attack.” (

The image used is not recent. It and was taken Nov. 2, 2007 and published by Reuters (here).

The Babylon Bee describes itself as “the world’s best satire site” and writes about “Christian stuff, political stuff, and everyday life” (


Satire. CNN did not praise the Taliban in Afghanistan for “responsibly” wearing face masks. Screenshots of a satirical article were shared without context on social media.

This article was produced by the Reuters Fact Check team. Read more about our work to fact-check social media posts here .