Was Joe Biden awarded the medal of honor and four Nobel Peace Prizes and did he cure AIDS, cancer and autism? No, that's not true: The 46th U.S. president has achieved none of those accomplishments. The false claims appeared in a meme tha
Now that the coronavirus has been in the United States for roughly a year, new numbers are revealing the scale of COVID-19’s impact on American health: COVID-19 has become the country’s third leading cause of death, and could be on its way to outpa
A years-old claim that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi travels routinely to her home district on a Boeing 757 that costs millions of dollars annually in fuel has resurfaced on Facebook. This is false; Pelosi’s office denied the claim, analyst estimates of
A post on Facebook suggests that wearing a mask causes people to contract bacterial pneumonia and that the government manipulated Covid-19 statistics to create fear when Covid-19 is no longer classified as a high consequence infectious disease (HCID).
Does "Communist China" own DreamWorks Animation? No, that's not true: In 2016, DreamWorks was acquired by NBCUniversal, a division of Comcast Corporation. Both NBCUniversal and Comcast are American companies. The claim appeared in a Faceb
Do these instructions explaining how to block "community standards" give a Facebook user free rein to violate the platform's community standards without being penalized or going to "Facebook Jail"? No, that's not true: These instructions
The bright yellow chest feathers of ordinary king penguins are thought to be an evolutionary tactic to attract a mate.
A TikTok video about wearing socks to bed received more than 15 million views in its first day after being posted by a resident doctor.
We clicked through more than 100 pages of a clickbait slideshow so you wouldn't have to.
A picture appears to show "freak show" performers, but specifics behind this photo remain blurry.
A factless Facebook post urged people to "Fact Check This!", so...
Keep in mind that a photograph shows a single moment in time.
Let's get one thing out of the way — tobacco enemas were totally a thing.
At least one base in Antarctica is powered completely by renewable energy.
Posts warning people about a possible scam involving Santander bank cards have been shared tens of thousands of times on Facebook. The posts largely use the same text, which was being shared at least as early as October 2020. It claims that the o
The United States has elements of both a republic and a democracy. The definition of democracy has changed over time.
Does this photo show a polar bear roaming the streets of a neighborhood in the United States? No, that's not true: The photo is of a polar bear walking the streets of Longyearbyen, Norway. An article on icepeople.net from January 1, 2020,
A viral TikTok video asks viewers to put themselves in someone else's shoes.
Does "military-hating" Kamala Harris want to shut down the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)? No, that's not true: The claim is based on an article that was posted to a satirical website and included made-up quotes from the vice preside
Traffickers are too smart to try to snatch unwitting victims from grocery store parking lots and city parks.
It takes a pretty fun-gi to come up with such a tall tale.
“It’s estimated that up to 400,000 people are living with the debilitating effects of long Covid”. Layla Moran MP, 10 February 2021. “The current estimate for the number of people who have long Covid is nearing 400,000.”
“Half of Covid victims go on to suffer depression, says study,” The Telegraph, 15 February 2021 The Telegraph has muddled up the meaning of a scientific study on depression among people who have had Covid-19. The study in question explici
Coastal erosion had its moment in the spotlight in early February 2021.
Online advertisements promised what appeared to be a handy trick for drivers involving plastic ziplock bags.
The claim stemmed from 2019 legislation introduced by a Republican lawmaker.
In early 2021, social media users enthusiastically shared a post about the ride-hailing company with the encouraging sign-off, "If you need help, here's help."
The radio host made a comment on Fox News that was received unfavorably by many.
“Vapers with Covid-19 up to 20% more likely to transmit it than infected non-smoker [...] Vapers who have Covid-19 are up to 17% more likely to transmit the virus, spreading it in clouds of smoke”. The Telegraph, 7 February 2021. “V
Do mRNA vaccines increase the risk of death for COVID-19 patients, provoke immune system over-reactions and turn patients into genetically modified organisms whose own immune systems attack them? No, that's not true: mRNA vaccines do not
Adults reading social media got a jolt to their understanding of childrens’ stories in February 2021, as speculation emerged around the nursery rhyme, “This Little Piggy.” It didn’t take much. Just one Twitter post saying, R
A picture showing an exposed scalp has been shared thousands of times on Facebook and Twitter alongside claims that it shows Tessica Brown – better known on social media as “Gorilla Glue girl” – after scraping off her hair which she had appli
An image showing bags of apples hanging from a white fence has circulated in multiple social media posts claiming that in Norway, it is common practice to share excess apples with those in need. This is misleading; the image was first posted by a wom
Does a newly discovered video show late-night deliveries of illegal ballots in Detroit, Michigan? No, that's not true: The ballots were legal votes. The 8 p.m. Election Day deadline was for casting ballots not counting them. The Michigan
Here's the origin story of the famous post-Super Bowl advertising slogan.
People want White House greetings on all kinds of occasions.
Crackers can come in bags, boxes, and yes, even barrels.
“Confirmation that 20,000 people a day sick with Covid are not isolating confirms our repeated warnings that without decent sick pay and support we won’t break chains of transmission.” Jonathan Ashworth MP, 3 February 2021. It has be
An image purportedly showing former US First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wearing an electronic ankle monitor has been shared repeatedly on Facebook in February 2021. The posts claim the photo is evidence that Clinton "may have been arre
Does the "Unmasked" video uncover the truth about the 2020 presidential election? No, it doesn't: The video remixes previously debunked claims of vote fraud and election theft. Chief among them were allegations that "vote spikes" in battl