Fact Check-Image purporting to show an ITV News article warning that shaking a duvet can trigger a heart attack is digitally altered

An image purporting to show an article published by Britain’s ITV News warning that shaking a duvet too vigorously can trigger a heart attack is digitally altered and was never published by ITV. Some shared the fake screenshot as “evidence” of a cover-up of the side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The masthead from the ITV News website can be seen at the top of the screenshot with an image of an individual shaking a duvet. The headline of the alleged article reads: “Shaking a comforter too vigorously while making your bed may increase your risk of heart attack, scientists warn.”

One user shared the screenshot on Facebook and said, “That’s definitely not your jab.” ( here ).

Another said: “So now literally anything can cause a heart attack? How very convenient” ( here ).

One user said in the comments: “Not quite ‘anything’ for example an experimental drug injected into people through fearmongering, coercion, intimidation and propaganda of the government, SAGE, MSM don’t give you a heart attack….oh wait!” ( here ).

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

The screenshot is however fabricated and has not been published by ITV News. Reuters found no such article published on the ITV News website ( www.itv.com/news ), ( here ).

A spokesperson for ITV News also confirmed that no such headlines had been released.

‘We are aware of a fabricated article currently circulating online as a story from the ITV News website. ITV News takes the provision of high quality, accurate information very seriously and as such we are investigating the source of this false story,” the spokesperson said.

An advanced Twitter search did not reveal the article posted by the @ITVNews Twitter account ( archive.is/wip/IuVah ).

Reuters has previously dealt with fake images claiming to show genuine news articles (here), (here), (here), (here).


Amended. A screenshot purporting to show a headline published by ITV News warning that shaking a duvet too vigorously could lead to a heart attack is digitally altered.

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