On September 16 2021, an Imgur user shared the following screenshot, showing a headline’s claim that stillbirths had doubled in Mississippi since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic: A source for the headline was not visible in the screenshot, wh
Does a viral image show two bullets that "collided" during the Battle of Gallipoli? No, that's not true: In addition to the lack of the expected rifling marks on one of the bullets, ballistics experts who reviewed the image were not convi
Did House Speaker Nancy Pelosi jail President Joe Biden for making a joke about 9/11 during his trip? No, that's not true: This didn't happen. It's a clickbait headline that has nothing to do with the subject matter of the recycled Newsma
Did the Taliban survive from February 2020 through August 2021 with no vaccines, no masks or business shutdowns and capture Afghanistan with no mass deaths during the COVID-19 pandemic? No, that's not true: These claims were made without
Did cameras shut off or go black during a President Joe Biden press conference when he was asked about a "hit list" of people in Afghanistan? No, that's not true: The cameras did not shut off during Biden's press conference. He was not as
After the final dignified transfer of U.S. soldiers killed in Afghanistan, U.S. President Joe Biden appeared to briefly glance at his watch.
A claim being shared on social media beneath an image of a cowboy is all hat and no cattle. “Might as well resume smoking,” the post says. “No one has died of cancer or heart disease since the COVID-19 thing started.” One post
REVIEW Several memes related to the COVID-19 pandemic have become popular on social media platforms since 2020. One such example can be seen in
The Supreme Court's conservative majority is allowing evictions to resume across the United States, blocking the Biden administration from enforcing a temporary ban that was put in place because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Yes, but this image does not represent what life was like for the majority of Afghan women during that time.
Fewer than one-third of voters casting ballots in last year’s U.S. presidential election did so at a polling place on Election Day as the coronavirus pandemic led states to greatly expand mail-in balloting and early voting, according to a federal rep
Did CNN praise the Taliban for wearing masks in Afghanistan? No, that's not true: The image of a CNN chyron claiming Taliban fighters were wearing masks as they attacked is fake -- it is from the Babylon Bee, a conservative satire website
Pascal Soriot, CEO of AstraZeneca, does own a house of about $8 million in Australia, but it is unclear when he purchased it.
Expectant women run a higher risk of severe illness and pregnancy complications from the coronavirus, including perhaps miscarriages and stillbirths.
MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell has produced four video documentaries so far, all claiming to show evidence of fraud in the November 2020 election. Lead Stories has previously looked into these videos here, here, here and here and found there w
India was the fifth-largest recipient of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in 2020 as the coronavirus outbreak spread across the world.
“George Washington mandated smallpox vaccines for the Continental Army.”
Jim Caviezel is propagating a famous conspiracy theory, which remains unsubstantiated and has been debunked previously.
The UK has recorded fewer Covid deaths in the past 40 days combined than just one day of cancer deaths. James Melville, 18 July 2021. Prominent tweeter and communications consultant James Melville tweeted on 18 July that over the past 40 days fewer pe
An Imperial College London study found that lockdowns saved more than three million lives across Europe.
President Joe Biden exaggerated when he spoke about the effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine during a CNN town hall. “You’re not going to get COVID if you have these vaccinations,” Biden said. It is rare for people who are fully vac
No national anthems were harmed in the making of this protest.
Did Allied bomber pilots drop wooden bombs on German decoy airfields made from wood to let them know they saw through the ruse? While no historical sources can confirm this story beyond a doubt, researchers have compiled eyewitness accoun
Seven-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady accepted an invitation to the White House for the first time since 2005.
This claim misrepresents a normal feature of elections - some early ballots are not returned by post because people choose to vote in person instead.
SciCheck Digest Federal vaccine monitoring systems have identified no safety concerns with the COVID-19 vaccines for pregnant people. Preliminary Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data show that miscarriage is not more frequent than expected
A post on Facebook, shared more than half a million times, warns that filling a fuel tank in hot weather could cause the tank to explode. “Due to [an] increase in temperature in the coming days, please don’t fill petrol to the maximum
Quick Take Members of the Capitol Police will be among the first to testify during the House select committee investigation into the Jan. 6 riot, according to Rep. Bennie Thompson, who will lead the panel. But social media posts have made the unfounded
The watchdog report said they also lied about their actions that day.
Quick Take Before a July 5 match against Mexico, some members of the U.S. women’s soccer team turned toward the flag while a World War II veteran played the national anthem on his harmonica. But social media posts mischaracterized their actions b
With millions of people having stayed home from places of worship during the coronavirus pandemic, struggling congregations have one key question: How many of them will return?
Does a list show "brave border agents who have died during the 90+ days Kamala Harris refused to visit border communities"? No, that's not true. The list is of customs and border patrol agents who died in the 100 years prior to 2021. Not
In the purportedly "creepy" video, the camera shows a "ghostly" figure atop Disneyland's Sleeping Beauty Castle during a fireworks show.
The U.S. government has been taking a hard look at unidentified flying objects.
The stock value of Coca-Cola plummeted as the entire U.S. stock market showed a similar trend on that day and is not related to Ronaldo's press meet.
The park, a private property, prohibits firearms — even for gun owners who have permits to carry.
An Arkansas woman who says she was injured when a state trooper deliberately bumped into her SUV, causing it to flip, because she didn’t immediately pull over for a traffic stop is suing him and the agency.
Jill Biden is sending a sartorial message of “love” as she accompanies her husband President Joe Biden overseas.
Vinyl record sales surged during the pandemic as music lovers fattened their collections, and audio cassettes began a comeback as well, keeping business spinning at record stores.