Saudi Arabia beheading the first female robot citizen is fake news. There is no truth to a report that the government of Saudi Arabia executed their first female robot citizen. The Saudi legal system is based on Islam’s Sharia law. Some countries that use Sharia possess a penal code, but Saudi Arabia does not, although some activists have been calling for reform.
Where did this fake news originate? Duffel Blog published the fake news article reporting that Saudi Arabia beheaded Sophia Robot, the first female robot citizen. You can read the fake news below.
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — The number of robot citizens in Saudi Arabia was reduced back to zero today after Sophia Robot was beheaded in a public square in Riyadh.
Sophia made news recently when Saudi Arabia granted her citizenship, making her the world’s first robot to gain such legal status.
Sophia became the first robot citizen to be executed after a band of angry Saudi men dragged her into the streets earlier today for a public execution, setting yet another milestone for progress in the country.
The crowd first began stoning her, but upon finding her carbon fiber exoskeleton was more durable than thought, they then tied a chain around her neck and the other end to a trailer hitch, driving her through the streets until her head became separated from her body.
However, there is no truth to the above story, according to Hoax Alert. There is some truth in that Sophia, a humanoid robot, was given citizenship on Oct. 26, 2017, in Saudi Arabia as part of a publicity stunt at the Future Investment Initiative in Riyadh, according to Fortune. However, there is no truth to the beheading as it is a satirical story based on the government’s history of executions.
Here are some examples of people sharing the fake news on social media.
Seth Sinclair @kareem_ktc206
Way to go you fuckin morons
Saudi Arabia never fails to amaze me
6:06 PM – Nov 10, 2017
Saudi Arabia beheads first female robot citizen
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — The number of robot citizens in Saudi Arabia was reduced back to zero today after Sophia Robot was beheaded in a public square in Riyadh. Sophia made news recently when Saudi…
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Saudi Arabia uses the death penalty for a wide range of offences that are not accepted as the “most serious crimes” under international human rights law, which are limited to crimes involving intentional killings. Amnesty International reported that Saudi Arabia is one of the top executioners in the world, with more than 2,000 people executed between 1985 and 2016.
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