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Fact Check-Fake image of CNN headline saying Rice Krispies character is transgender

An image claiming to show a CNN headline which says one of the cartoon characters used for Kellogg’s cereal Rice Krispies is now a transgender woman has been digitally altered. No such headline was published by CNN.

The CNN interface is seen at the top of the screenshot, while the alleged headline reads: “Kellogg’s spokesperson announces Rice Krispie mascot ‘Pop’ is now a trans woman”.

Although some users recognised the image as satire, others thought the screenshot showed an authentic headline published by CNN ( here ).

One user shared the screenshot on Facebook and said: “And you thought the "woke" M&Ms were bad! Don't feed your kids this crap!” ( here ).

Another user said: “The agenda continues” ( here ).

Other examples of the image shared online can be found ( here ), ( here ), ( here ), and ( here ).

An image is seen below the alleged headline of the three cartoon mascots for the cereal brand Rice Krispies: Snap, Crackle and Pop ( here ).

A CNN spokesperson said no such headline was published by CNN.

A search on CNN’s website did not reveal the alleged headline ( archive.ph/wip/MkOAu ).

A Twitter advanced search did not reveal the headline shared via CNN’s Twitter accounts (@CNN, @CNNBrk, @CNNImpact) ( archive.ph/wip/6AAFE ).

“We have made no changes to the Rice Krispies mascots, Snap Crackle and Pop,” a Kellogg’s spokesperson told Reuters ( here ).

A Google advanced search did not show the headline published by any media outlet. The advanced search showed that the screenshot was shared to meme websites such as iFunny ( archive.ph/wip/je0BB ).

Reuters has previously addressed digitally altered images claiming to show authentic articles published by media outlets ( here ), ( here ).

VERDICT

Altered. CNN did not publish a headline reporting that Kellogg’s had said that a character or mascot used for its Rice Krispies cereal is now a transgender woman. No such headline was published by CNN and Kellogg’s has made no changes to its Rice Krispies mascots.

This article was produced by the Reuters Fact Check team. Read more about our fact-checking work here.

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