Xbox One reportedly killing a teenager after the console forcefully ejected Black Ops 3 disc and slicing his throat is fake news. Rather, there is no truth to the graphic story that a teenager died from when a malfunctioning Xbox One violently ejected a disc and sliced his throat. Where did this fake news originate?
On July 25, 2015, the web site Newswatch33 published an article reporting that a teenager named Marcus Davenport had been killed after his XBox One gaming system malfunctioned and forcefully ejected a disk that sailed through the air and slashed his throat:
Marcus Davenport, 17, was found dead in his bedroom when police were called to the home after his mother discovered his body. According to reports, the Xbox One forcefully ejected a disc, slicing the teens throat.
According to authorities, Davenport was killed when his Xbox One malfunctioned, causing the system to eject a disc at a high rate of speed, striking the teen in the throat. His mother had discovered his body around 3:00 a.m. when she went to check on him.
However, there was no truth to this story, according to Snopes. Newswatch33 is one of many fake news sites created to publish fiction rather than legitimate news reports.
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