Fatoum Al-Jassem: Syrian Girl Stoned to Death for Facebook Account Isn’t Real

February 20, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

Reports are saying that Fatoum Al-Jassem (“Fatoom Jassim”) a Syrian girl, was stoned to death for using Facebook after Islamist group the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and “Da’ash” said so, but it isn’t real.

A report was published on CNN iReport section on Wednesday, saying that the girl was killed via stoning.

However, on Wednesday, a CNN official said the report was removed.

“CNN iReport is a social network for news. Anyone who adheres to the guidelines of the community can be an iReporter. In fact, there are more than 1 million worldwide,” reads a statement from a representative about the matter, according to The Blaze.

“The iReport in question was posted on an individual user’s profile page. It clearly stated that it had not been vetted by CNN and it was not referenced in any CNN journalism. It has since been flagged by the community and removed.”

The person who posted to CNN used screenshots from Persian-language film “The Stoning of Soraya M” in 2008. The film’s trailer can be watched on YouTube

The report that was since removed was published by user Khaled Abulruz on Feb. 15.

“Group members of the extremist ‘Islamic state‘ ‘(Da’ash) stoned to death last week, a young Syrian girl identified as ‘Fatoom Jassim,’ in her twenties because she has an account on Facebook,” it reads. “Fatoom from Al Raqqa, a city in the North of Syria. According to anti- Syrian regime activists Fatoom has been arrested red-handed while she was using her account on Facebook at her family home in Al Raqqa.”

The Daily Mail also reported on the CNN iReport article and published an article saying “Girl ‘is stoned to death by Syrian fundamentalists for having a FACEBOOK account,’” which has not been removed.

The Iranian FARS News Agency also reported on the story, and it hasn’t been taken down. There’s been speculation that the agency first published the false story because it has problems with the ISIS, the militant group referenced in the article.

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