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 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
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
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Did Facebook send out a warning that someone's Facebook page was about to be unpublished because it violates their terms?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
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
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
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.
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,
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.
Did Facebook ban this "President Trump campaign ad"? No, that's not true. It goes without saying that videos playing on a platform proclaiming they are banned by that platform have not been banned. Those behind such posts use them as a wa
The platform is optimized for boosting politically conservative voices calling for fascism, separatism and xenophobia.
A likely Russian administrative account had been active in the swing state group since well before the 2016 U.S. presidential election, and only disappeared in October 2020 after we contacted Facebook with questions.
A widely shared post on Facebook claims to show official government statistics for deaths caused by flu and pneumonia in England and Wales. It claims that these deaths dropped sharply this year, and appears to suggest they have been replaced by or re-c
Republican senators have threatened the CEOs of the social media companies with subpoenas to force them to address accusations of censorship in the closing weeks of the presidential campaign.
A graphic has been shared hundreds of times in multiple Facebook posts and blogs alongside a claim it shows the results of a pre-election survey showing declining public trust in Myanmar’s ruling party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), ahead
Multiple Facebook posts shared hundreds of times claim that a person named Richard A. Rothschild filed a patent for novel coronavirus tests in 2015. The claim is false; the image shows a supplemental application that was filed in 2020 following the sub
It seems like Facebook and Twitter have decided to assume the position they’ve been avoiding for so long. Less than a month from Election Day, both companies finally became arbiters of the truth on the internet. Naive are those who believe this i
Multiple Facebook posts shared hundreds of times claim the Australian state of Victoria recorded the same number of suicides in September 2020 during a coronavirus lockdown as it did for the whole of 2019. The claim is false; the Victorian Suicide Reg
Multiple Facebook posts shared thousands of times in 2020 claim New Zealand opposition leader Judith Collins is opposed to new environmental legislation because of her connection to Oravida, a local water and dairy company that exports produce to China
A graphic has been shared hundreds of times in multiple posts on Facebook which claim the indigenous peoples of the Americas “sacrificed” their leaders “as an offering to the gods” during epidemics. The claim is misleading: historians and anth