The story was false. While the Mail's article did indeed feature horrifying images of a toddler being attacked by a man with an electric prod, other details were wrong. The child was not Rohingya, a so-called persecuted Muslim minority in Burma. The person torturing him was not a Burmese soldier. The incident being filmed did not take place in Burma.
The Daily Mail's style has long been brash and divisive, and it has faced questions over its accuracy before. However, with the publication of the article, the British tabloid has stepped into a complicated and fraught battle over misinformation and "fake news" half a world away.