An article saying a study found that a third of Americans “have been implanted with an RFID” microchip is fake.
The article was posted on National Report, a self-described “satire” news website, over the weekend and had thousands of shares and “likes” on Facebook.
“Scientists at the Wyoming Institute of Technology (WIT) have determined that a shocking 1 in 3 Americans has been implanted with an RFID microchip. In an article published this week, they detail a study of nearly 3000 individuals, in which they identified nearly 1000 individuals that had been implanted with an RFID chip. Most were unaware that they had been implanted with such a chip. This finding comes amongst increasing predictions that RFID chip implantation will become common place in the next decade,” the fake article says.
According to a now-removed disclaimer, National Report is satire.
“DISCLAIMER: National Report is a news and political satire web publication, which may or may not use real names, often in semi-real or mostly fictitious ways,” the disclaimer says.
The fake article also includes a cropped image of a finger holding a Monza X chip.
On Twitter, users wrote tweets about RFID chips being implanted in them and seemingly didn’t realize National Report is satire.
The website has posted a number of articles about RFID chips–falsely–being implanted in Americans. Last year, National Report posted one that claims “Wyoming Christians” got RFID implants as part of Obamacare, but it’s not real.