REVIEW Widespread public health measures have been implemented in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to reduce the spread of the disease. Posts like this meme on Instagram claiming that measures such as vaccination, wearing face masks or gloves, or f
A photo has been shared repeatedly on Facebook alongside a claim it shows a series of tropical cyclones set to hit the Philippines immediately after Typhoon Vamco made landfall in November 2020. The claim is false: the photo has been digitally altered
Did Facebook remove the title "President Elect" from the @joebiden Facebook page, and then only identify President-elect Joe Biden as a politician? No, that's not true: a database of screenshots of the @joebiden Facebook page, for more th
Multiple Facebook posts shared hundreds of times claim the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic was actually “not a flu at all” but was instead “caused by random dosages of an experimental 'bacterial meningitis vaccine'”. The claim is false; experts agree
An activist group combating the proliferation of white supremacist propaganda online accused Facebook in a November 2020 report of failing to act when alerted to the spread of one such network on its platforms in 2018. “Facebook’s leadersh
Multiple posts making the rounds on Facebook claim the Nigerian government gave US President Donald Trump 72 hours to concede the 2020 presidential election to former vice-president Joe Biden. This is false; Nigeria rejected the statement attributed to
Multiple Facebook posts shared hundreds of times claim that a late US oil magnate, John D. Rockefeller, coined the term “fossil fuels” in order to “induce the idea of scarcity, allowing for the increase on the price of oil.” The posts go on to
A screenshot of a tweet making various claims about Covid-19 and a possible vaccine has been going viral on Facebook. It starts by claiming that Covid-19 “does NOT kill 99.99% of us.” This suggests Covid-19 is much less deadly than it is. T
REVIEW Several reports on the findings of a face mask study conducted in Denmark, which was published in the scientific journal Annals of Internal Medicine, went viral on Facebook within a day of publication, receiving a total of more than 18,000
In September we announced that Full Fact was convening a range of experts to develop a new collaborative model for tackling misinformation crises, with funding support from Facebook. While information producers have responded to the coronavirus p
REVIEW This video, published on 13 November 2020 by the student activism organization Young Americans for Liberty (YAL), features the historian Tom Woods in a 7 November symposium in Texas. In it, Woods presents the COVID-19 pandemic and the public
A video has been viewed thousands of times in multiple posts on Facebook alongside a claim that eating apples without peeling the skin is harmful, as they are coated with paraffin. The claim is misleading; health experts told AFP that food grade paraff
Widely-shared posts on Facebook claim that Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, is giving away money, food and other assistance to 10,000 youths who have lost loved ones to the Covid-19 pandemic. This is misleading; the Nigerian billionaire has commi
Multiple Facebook posts shared hundreds of times on Facebook in November 2020 claim an inquiry has been set up to investigate fraud in Myanmar’s election, and that Myanmar’s army will soon announce the “true” election results. The claim is f
The CEOs of Facebook and Twitter are being summoned before Congress to defend their handling of disinformation in the 2020 presidential election.
Did Facebook send out a warning that someone's Facebook page was about to be unpublished because it violates their terms? No, that's not true: This is a phishing scam. The notice was sent by an imposter posing as Facebook. The goal of thi
Did Facebook remove the title "President" from the @DonaldTrump Facebook page? No, that's not true: a database of screenshots of the @DonaldTrump Facebook page, going back several months, shows that the page never contained the title "Pre
On November 13 2020, pundit Dinesh D’Souza asserted on Twitter that Facebook had “removed” the designation of “President” from Donald Trump’s verified Facebook page, downgrading him instead to a mere “politica
An image of two lorries transporting coffins has been shared thousands of times in multiple Facebook posts which claim it shows preparations for Sri Lanka’s second wave of coronavirus cases in November 2020. The claim is misleading; the photo has bee
Across the country, many of the 71.9 million people who voted for Trump are working through turbulent emotions in the wake of his loss.
Did Facebook prevent users from posting a photo of an electoral map from a presidential election? No, that's not true: Facebook officials say the company is not prohibiting users from posting this image. The claim appeared in a Facebook
Events and groups denying the defeat of outgoing United States President Donald Trump continue to fester on Facebook in November 2020 — despite the platform taking action following a report by activist group Avaaz. We discovered at least one gro
REVIEW An article published by The Federalist on 29 October 2020 claims that face masks are ineffective at reducing the spread of COVID-19. In support of its claim, the article cites several scientific studies and shows 12 graphs comparing COVID-19
An image of a Chinese courier service package at a ballot count in the US state of Georgia during the 2020 presidential election has been shared in multiple Korean-language Facebook posts. The posts claim the image is evidence of Chinese infere
A photo showing former Philippine human rights chief Etta Rosales speaking to reporters has been shared several times on Facebook alongside a purported quote by her, in which she says the Islamic State-linked Maute group are “defenceless” and “pi
Trump has yet to concede the election, even as former vice president Joe Biden claimed victory and got to work on his transition plans.
President Donald Trump has repeatedly said there’s one place he wants to determine the outcome of the presidential election: the U.S. Supreme Court.
The group had gained well over 64,000 members in its brief 24 hours of existence.
Facebook said the individuals behind the accounts had sought to shield their identities but that it was able to trace them to a Tehran-based IT company.
Violent rhetoric goes well beyond the short-lived "Stop The Steal" Facebook group.
Is a super-secret super-computer stealing votes for Joe Biden in eight states via a state contractor called VR Systems? No, that's not true: The claimed point of theft -- VR Systems -- says it isn't involved in vote-recording or vote-coun
Did President Trump post a meme about Dr. Anthony Fauci on Facebook? No, that's not true: the meme was posted by a parody account but garnered tens of thousands likes, shares and comments, many from people who didn't realize it did not co
https://www.cjr.org/analysis/five-days-of-facebook-fact-checking.php MARK ZUCKERBERG, Facebook’s CEO,
Black Lives Matter has been a lot of things in its brief, fiery life.
A former birdkeeper who stole a pair of penguins from a British zoo and sold them on Facebook was sentenced Friday to 32 months in prison.
In late October 2020, a number of Facebook users attributed a post about Joe Biden’s tax plan to money guru Dave Ramsey, instantly imparting far more weight and authority to its claims (archived): In the screenshot, an October 21 2020 post by
A Facebook post shared tens of thousands of times purports to show famed British naturalist Sir David Attenborough praising an eco-friendly hotel in Singapore. The post’s caption claims the hotel is “the first to produce its own electricity with th
Multiple Facebook posts shared hundreds of times claim that NASA “always receives blessings from the Pope” and that “God’s permission must be sought” before a space mission has been shared in multiple Facebook posts. The claim is misleading;
The social network previously shut down a different but similarly named group after discovering it was managed from North Macedonia.