Viral videos show banned naturopath Barbara O’Neill claim that cayenne pepper will heal a stomach ulcer. Like other chillies, it can cause irritation and worsen symptoms for those with the condition.
REVIEW A Facebook reel posted on 2 September 2023 made several claims about the benefits of taking amino acid supplement N-acetylcysteine (NAC). In the reel, Steve Lucchino, athlete and owner of health supplement shop Elite Nutrition Omaha, claimed
Is there evidence that the next FEMA emergency test will not really be a test but a cover for the government to send high-frequency signals activating "nanoparticles including graphene oxide" into phones, TVs and radios, possibly causing
Does an image called "Mexico did it," referring to a supposed COVID-19 cure in Mexico, actually spread a virus within five seconds when opened on a phone and did CNN and the BBC report about this? No, that's not true: Lead Stories could f
Elon Musk said President Joe Biden “has one month left to live.”
REVIEW On 29 August 2023, Rebel News, a Canadian website recognized for spreading COVID-19 misinformation and conspiracy theories, published an article and video titled “Why you should think twice before considering a COVID booster”. The article
Did a "lead developer at Google Earth" say he believes the Earth is flat? No, that's not true: This claim originated from a 2017 article that Lead Stories was unable to verify as being authentic. We could not find any evidence that a lead
The contrails and wingtip vortices that can sometimes be seen emerging from planes are not ‘chemtrails’.
Did former University of Kentucky swimmer Riley Gaines turn down a $3 million partnership with Nike? No, that's not true: This claim comes from a satirical website that has a history of fabricating content surrounding popular political to
Did Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg ban Tesla CEO Elon Musk from Facebook? Has Musk responded to Zuckerberg's alleged statement? No, neither of those are true: This claim comes from a satirical website and was originally posted in March 2023
Did Ukraine capture an entire "train" carrying multiple SU-57 jets used by the Russian army? No, that's not true: The video making such a claim in its clickbait headline did not actually say anything about this fighter jet. As of this wri
Did country singer Jason Aldean refuse a $1 million paycheck to sing the national anthem at the 2024 Super Bowl, saying, "I'll do it for free"? No, that's not true: This claim came from a satirical website. Google News' index of thousands
Was the Obamas' personal chef writing a tell-all book before his "mysterious death"? No, that's not true: There is no proof shown in a video making the claim that Tafari Campbell was writing a book about the former president and first lad
Video shows military planes over Nashville "dispersing materials into the atmosphere" for geoengineering.
Does walking barefoot, or "grounding," change the pH in the body? No, that's not true: That claim is not grounded in science. A retired chemist and a dermatologist both told Lead Stories that there is no evidence that grounding has the ab
REVIEW A TikTok video published in early July 2023 implied that doctors practicing alternative medicine were killed to prevent “Big Pharma” from losing money. In the reel, herbalist Katryna Benson, who has more than 14,000 followers on TikTok, p
Are insurance companies denying Maui fire losses due to "zoning infractions?" No, that's not true: A Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs spokesman told Lead Stories there have been no reports of claim denials "due to zoning
Did aluminum exposure in honeybees grow by 800 percent in the year 2022? No, that's not true: This claim, presented without sourcing, seems to pull this fact from thin air. Lead Stories could not find any evidence reporting statistical ch
A video claims the Hawaiian island held a “smart city conference” in January.
"Hawaii is being attacked by direct energy weapons."
SciCheck Digest It’s not known what sparked the wildfires in Maui, although some evidence points to downed power lines. The conditions were ripe for fire, as large amounts of invasive grasses were dry due to drought and high winds helped to rapid
The pictures actually show lens flares, long exposure effects and light pillars, not government-funded laser beams.
Baseless claims about deliberately-started fires have been shared widely online.
Was the deadly wildfire that began the evening of August 8, 2023, on the Hawaiian island of Maui caused by a "direct energy weapon assault"? No, that's not true: There's no evidence to support that assertion. Instead, natural factors, not
Does the state of Georgia have 2.2 million "phantom voters" on its voter rolls, a situation that could lead to widespread voter fraud? No, there's no evidence that's true: A woman making this claim in a video on social media provided just
The United Nations has warned Christians that if we do not fully accept the legalization of pedophilia that we will be excluded from participating in society.
Video showing celebrities, politicians and other notable figures with black eyes proves they are part of the Illuminati.
Is Fulton County, Georgia, District Attorney Fani Willis challenging former President Donald Trump to prove his accusation that she had a relationship with a gang member or face additional charges? No, that's not true: There is no publicl
Multiple posts claim the daughter of the WEF’s founder, Klaus Schwab, said they’re coming “whether you like it or not”.
Says Gov. Ron DeSantis “opposed my China tariffs and he heartlessly opposed” $28 billion for farm relief, which was paid for by China.
Does eating cayenne pepper kill cancer cells and regenerate damaged DNA? No, that's not true: There is no evidence that eating cayenne pepper will repair DNA or kill cancer cells in humans, according to a dietitian at the Virginia Commonw
Did the family of 10-year-old Kelsey Morand, who died in Princeton, New Jersey, in July 2023, confirm that her death happened after vaccination? No, that's not true: Publicly available reliable sources do not mention any vaccination recor
Does a social media video provide evidence of a "new odd blight on corn" that follows the path of a Chinese spy balloon that traversed sections of the United States from January 28, 2023, through February 4, 2023? No, that's not true: The
Photos of Barack Obama golfing with bandaged fingers are proof of his involvement in Tafari Campbell’s death.
Are the children shown being removed from the back of a semi-trailer in a video on social media, purportedly in London, the victims of sex or organ trafficking? No, that's not true: There's no substantiated evidence or credible sources su