Fake cat cure news leaves locals baffled Several tabloids, including the New York Post, the Toronto Sun, the US Sun and Vietnam Insider, published articles stating that black cats are being “collected, killed and their bodies ground up as a supposed coronavirus treatment.” Each of these stories in some way or another attributed its information to the South West News Service, which removed said story after questions were raised about how widespread the practice is. Facebook also acted and flagged this and similar stories as part of its “efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed”, as stated by PolitiFact. Timeout wanted to know what people think about the spread of such fake news as well as about their general attitude towards eating dog and cat meat. All people that reached out to us agreed that the story of grounding the meat of black cats to cure COVID-19 can just be a hoax. Van, an emeritus of the University of Social Sciences and Humanities Hanoi, argued that while eating dog and cat meat remains a custom for some Vietnamese that is especially enjoyed together with alcohol, the story of using such meat as a cure for the… Read full this story
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