Robert W. Lee IV says he's the great-great-great-great nephew of the Confederate general. But historical records dispute that.
A post on Facebook has made a number of claims about cucumber’s ability to kill cancer cells. This is mostly based on evidence that looks at one chemical present in cucumbers and its ability to kill cells in the lab and in mice, rather than any e
REVIEW In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, long before vaccines became available, many countries tried to curb the spread of the virus by imposing lockdowns. Exactly what a lockdown consists of is highly variable depending on the country and
Did a surgeon from Ohio die shortly after receiving the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine? There is no evidence that Dr. Thomas Lee Flanigan's death on April 27, 2021, was related to the COVID-19 vaccine he had received 12 weeks earlier
Was there a coup at the Pentagon? Were the Joint Chiefs of Staff overthrown? No, that's not true: A Pentagon spokesperson denied the claim, which was based on a single purported "confidential" source. The story was published by a website
Social media users posted images of an alleged tweet from the Chicago Police Department expressing support for Derek Chauvin after he was convicted of murdering George Floyd, a Black man. But the department denounced the image as a fake, and there are
By Dana Ford and Maarten Schenk Does "new evidence" on voting systems in Antrim County, Michigan, give a full and complete picture of how tabulation machines and software work? No, that's not true: The evidence, which consists of a video
REVIEW In little more than a year, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused 3,2 million deaths worldwide, 577,000 of them in the U.S. Still, false claims that the virus doesn’t exist and that the pandemic is a hoax continue circulating on social media. On
This post published on the Facebook Page The Eden Prescription, which is run by Ethan Evers, who authored a novel about the search for a cure for cancer, claimed that eating cucumbers can kill cancer cells, reduce their growth, and reduce the risk for
REVIEW In April 2021, multiple social media posts and articles claimed that COVID-19 vaccines cause menstrual problems in vaccinated women (see examples here, here, here, and here). Others even claimed that vaccinated women were causing unvaccinated
Multiple images posted on Instagram claim rapper DMX received a Covid-19 vaccine days before a heart attack before he died aged 50 on 9 April 2021. This claim was first shared by American gossip website MTO News. The same story was reported by a number
A brand-new Twitter account manufactured cheap online clout in April 2021 by posting a false “report” painting television host RuPaul as a political commentator. The account, “Breaking Celebrity News,” generated angry responses
Is the audit in Maricopa County, Arizona, confirming the rumor that a "special watermark is on the real ballots"? No, there's no evidence that's true: Maricopa County ballots do not have watermarks, according to a spokeswoman for the Mari
REVIEW A Sky News segment hosted by Alan Jones and featuring Craig Kelly, a Member of the Australian Parliament, claimed that scientific studies supported the use of ivermectin for treating COVID-19. Published on 19 April 2021, the segment was share
Did "President Trump" return in a blaze of glory on Air Force One? Is the military preparing to oust Joe Biden? No, that's not true: A video purporting to show Trump's triumphant return in April 2021 is old. The footage is actually from D
Did "Black Lives Matter and Antifa" set fire to a Catholic church in Minneapolis? No, there is no evidence the historic church was set ablaze by protesters or activists in the same city where the Derek Chauvin murder trial was taking plac
Like many rumors surrounding the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, this one has no apparent basis in fact.
Did Denmark's top health official faint from a COVID shot? There is no evidence backing this claim that the vaccine is what caused her to faint. On April 14, 2021, Tanja Erichsen, the head of the drug monitoring unit of the Danish Medicin
Is April 24, 2021, "National Rape Day"?" No, that's not true: there is no evidence this event is expected to happen, and there is some evidence that it may have originated as some internet trolls' idea of a joke. Although the claim has pr
Are COVID-19 death totals off by nearly 25%? No, there's no evidence that's true. A post making the claim provided no sourcing except to urge users to check out a news website. Lead Stories found nothing on that site to back up the claim.
Did an Irish woman take the gun of her wounded fiance and continue fighting the British army until she was killed? And did someone overhear the comments of the British commander who had called off the fighting so the "Irish could bury the
A Facebook post shared in Nigeria claims that putting sliced onions under one's foot overnight can cure several deadly diseases, including cancer and malaria. This is false; there is no evidence that the vegetable is effective against these ailments. M
Have there been over 2,342 fatalities from the COVID-19 vaccine and were Hank Aaron and "Marvelous" Marvin Hagler killed by a vaccine? No, that's not true: There is no evidence of these claims. The Centers for Disease Control and Preventi
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Did Foot Locker donate "200 million dollars to BLM"? No, there is no evidence the company made a donation to Black Lives Matter. The athletic gear company made an announcement in 2020 that it was "committing $200 million over the next fiv
REVIEW An article published on 6 April 2021 by Townhall Media, authored by radio talk show host Dennis Prager, claimed that mask-wearing is unsupported by science. Prager’s article received more than 14,000 interactions on Facebook, according to s
Posts claiming that Rwandan President Paul Kagame ordered the deportation of 18 Chinese nationals for mistreating local workers have resurfaced online. AFP Fact Check debunked the same claim in 2020 and found no evidence backing up the allegations. To
Is there evidence or criminal charges that say South Carolina sex crimes defendant Jason "DJ Kidd" Pope trafficked "nearly 700 women, all black"? No, that's not true: Social media posts have taken out of context Pope's Facebook boast that
Research suggests statistical evidence supports both parties’ positions about gun control legislation.
Did Nancy Pelosi have an affair with John F. Kennedy for "7 long years"? No, that's not true: This meme, which features a real photo of a young Nancy Pelosi with John F. Kennedy, makes a false accusation alleging an affair, a claim that m
REVIEW On 13 March 2021, Vernon Coleman posted a video on the platform BrandNewTube, in which he claimed that the COVID-19 vaccines are “dangerous” and caused numerous health problems like strokes. Within two weeks, the video reached 240,000 views
Did President Donald Trump indict Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett on his last day in office? No, that's not true. The claim was made without proof and the U.S. Constitution reserves indictment power to grand juries, not presidents
Did President Bill Clinton quietly sign into law an economic reform measure secretly passed by Congress and did President George W. Bush later orchestrate the 9/11 attacks to prevent the enactment of the law, commonly known as NESARA? No,
Were Los Angeles Police Department pilots caught talking about dumping gas and lighting it on fire on protesters and homeless people? No, there's no evidence the people speaking in a recording posted on social media were staff of the Los
Does a new "X22 Report" video contain only factual and proven statements? No, that's not true: The video recycles familiar conspiracy theories, including disproven claims about a mass shooting and voter fraud in the 2020 election. It repe
Does Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi use an Air Force jet every Friday to fly "home from Washington D.C. to San Francisco, and then back to DC on Mondays"? No, there's no evidence that's true: When Pelosi began her current tenure as spe
Is a ship that blocked traffic in the Suez Canal on March 23, 2021, used for human and sex trafficking? Is there a connection between the ship and Hillary Clinton? No, that's not true: There's no publicly available evidence the container
Were the mass shootings in spas and massage parlors in Atlanta, and at a grocery store in Boulder and the September 11, 2001, attacks carried out under "false flags" so that the government could pass gun control legislation and invade Afg
Is the Colorado shooting suspect an "Islamic extremist"? Did Democratic senators demand a "ban on further cabinet appointments for white people" one day after that mass killing? No, that's not true: There is no publicly available evidence