FACT CHECK: Did Global News Publish This Article Saying That Omitting Pronouns From Email Signatures Is Bigotry?

Anna Mock | Fact Check Reporter

A post shared on Facebook allegedly shows an article from Global News that claims not including pronouns in various communications were “a sign of bigotry.”

Verdict: False

There is no evidence for this claim. A spokesperson for Global News confirmed in an email to Check Your Fact that it is false.

Fact Check:

The Facebook post appears to show an article that was allegedly published Sep. 15 by Global News claims that not including pronouns in an email signature or (social media) bio is a sign of bigotry.

Experts say not including pronouns in your bio, email signature, are a sign of bigotry,” the alleged screenshot reads. 

This article is digitally fabricated, however. Check Your Fact found no credible news reports with a similar headline from Global News or any other media outlets. Likewise, the article cannot be found on the Global News website or any of its verified social media accounts

The alleged writer, Emily Mertz, does not appear to have the alleged article listed with her other works. Likewise, the article does not appear on her verified Twitter account. (RELATED: Was An Irish Teacher Jailed For Not Using A Student’s Preferred Pronouns?)

“We can confirm that the headline and caption in question were never published on our site and they are falsely associated with the Global News brand,” a spokesperson for Global News confirmed in an email to Check Your Fact.

This is not the first time misinformation involving a fabricated article has gone viral. Check Your Fact recently debunked a claim that The Journal published a story about a man’s parachute failing due to climate change.

Anna Mock

Fact Check Reporter


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