An image appearing to show New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern hugging a man wearing the colours of infamous Kiwi gang the Mongrel Mob has been shared hundreds of times on Facebook. However, the image has been doctored; the picture of Ardern ha
The viral photo of a man taking a cycle rickshaw with a dead body is from 2017, and it is incorrectly attributed to India's current COVID-19 crises.
An image of former US President Donald Trump with US attorney Lin Wood in the Oval Office has been shared in multiple Facebook posts alongside a claim it shows them meeting at the White House in April 2021. The claim is false: the image dates back to
On May 5 2021, posts on Facebook and Twitter suggested that CTV Calgary had featured an image of Chris Watts and the Watts family in a segment about family finances; Chris Watts was convicted of murdering his wife and children in 2018: That Facebook p
A photo has been shared repeatedly in multiple posts on Facebook alongside a claim it shows a foetus of a dolphin in the womb. This is false: the image in fact shows a silicone model foetus created for a film.
Two aerial photos of massive crowds have been shared in Facebook posts that purport to show celebrations at the Hindu festival Kumbh Mela in the northern Indian city of Haridwar as the country grapples with a surge in coronavirus cases. However, the po
Three photos shared repeatedly in multiple Facebook posts purport to show students in the Philippines calling for an end to community-run stalls offering free food during the Covid-19 pandemic. But these photos have been doctored: they originally sh
After a leading Myanmar ethnic rebel army said it had shot down a military helicopter on May 3, 2021 a photo was shared thousands of times in Facebook posts that claimed it showed the wreckage from the crash. But the claim is false: the image has circ
We learned about stamens in biology class, but not quite like this.
In the spring of 2021, readers asked Snopes about a supposed virus attacking cellphones via a file claiming COVID-19 was cured in Mexico.
Images purporting to show former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton detained in Guantanamo Bay have been widely shared by social media users. But the images have been doctored to digitally insert Clinton into unrelated photos. No credible news re
In the midst of discussions around the spending on the refurbishment of the Prime Minister’s Downing Street flat, an image of a brightly decorated room has been widely shared on social media, including by Labour MP David Lammy. Posts either say,
Multiple Facebook posts have shared an aerial image of containers spelling out THANK YOU alongside a claim that trafficked children were rescued from the Ever Given, a container vessel that got stuck in Egypt’s Suez Canal for almost one week in Mar
An image shared repeatedly in Facebook and Twitter posts purports to show China’s top diplomat Yang Jiechi bowing to former US secretary of state Mike Pompeo while shaking hands during a meeting. The image, however, has been doctored: the original
An image showing men praying in front of a coffin has been shared hundreds of times alongside a claim that it was taken at the funeral of Chad’s former president Idriss Deby Itno, who died on April 19, 2021. But the claim is false; the image shows th
A video has been viewed millions of times in Facebook posts purporting to show a US military plane being shot down by Taliban militants in Afghanistan. The claim is false; the clip actually shows computer-generated imagery from a war video game called
An image shared thousands of times on Facebook purports to show a house that is up for sale, perched on top of landslide rubble. The image, however, has been doctored. The original image has appeared in news reports about a 2010 landslide in Ta
A photo has been shared repeatedly in online posts that suggest it was manipulated to include Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte sitting at a desk with one of his longtime allies. The image circulated online as Filipinos speculated about Duterte
A photo that purports to show two former South Korean presidents protesting against the construction of an expressway in the 1960s has been widely shared on Facebook. The photo, however, has been doctored. The original photo, taken by a news organisat
A photo has been shared thousands of times on Facebook and Twitter alongside a claim it shows a Covid-19 patient in India transporting her own oxygen tank by motorcycle. The posts were shared as India's coronavirus infection rates soared to record l
Two photos in a Facebook post have been shared hundreds of times alongside a claim that they show the state of roads in Uganda’s capital Kampala “before 1985” and today. But the claim is misleading; the first photo shows a road in Lagos, Nigeria
Multiple Facebook and Twitter posts have shared an image they claim shows Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and her late husband Prince Philip sharing a laugh at Buckingham Palace after he “pranked” her by dressing as a guard. This claim is misleadin
A Facebook post shared thousands of times appears to picture former US president Barack Obama standing next to a sign that says “420,” referring to the celebration of weed held April 20. But a reverse image search reveals the photo has been digi
A photo has been shared in multiple Facebook and Twitter posts that claim it shows a mosque set on fire by “extremists” in France. The claim is false: the image shows a mosque in the US state of Connecticut where a fire broke out in 2019.
An image purporting to show a road sign for a river in South Korea called “Jaesugang”, which translates as “retaking a class”, has been shared on social media alongside a claim that “this is a river most hated by university students”.
Screenshot of the false post, taken on April 16, 2021Screenshot of the false post, taken on April 16, 2021 An image that appears to show an expanse of water shaped like a human head with flowing hair has been shared hundreds of times on Facebook with
A photo shared repeatedly in multiple Facebook posts purports to show India's Home Minister Amit Shah campaigning in Kolkata's red light district. The posts were shared during elections in the east Indian state of West Bengal. The claim is false: th
Is this the most detailed representation of a human cell to date, obtained by radiography, nuclear magnetic resonance and cryoelectronic microscopy? No, that's not true: This digital illustration by Russell Kightley is titled "Animal Cell
Some social media users likened the image to India on Diwali night.
The choice of a winning photo portraying the global pandemic was almost inevitable.
Several Facebook posts featuring an image of a flood have been shared on Facebook claiming it shows the Nile river inundating the streets of Sudan’s capital Khartoum in September 2020. But the claim is false: the image shows the aftermath of hurrican
An image showing sick patients lying on the floor of a hospital hallway receiving intravenous (IV) treatment has been used in multiple Facebook posts alongside claims that the facility is located either in Uganda, Mali or Nigeria. In reality, AFP Fact
Facebook users have shared an image of South Korean President Moon Jae-in purportedly showing him holding a satirical painting of the country’s former president Park Geun-hye. The image, however, has been doctored. The original photo shows Moon hol
An image of American actor Tom Hanks purportedly wearing a T-shirt that reads “take me to Greece” has been shared hundreds of times on Facebook. In fact, the picture has been manipulated from a photo Hanks posted in 2015, in which he was wearing
A photo that shows stray dogs sitting on hospital beds has been shared in multiple Facebook posts that claim it was taken in a hospital in the southern Pakistani province of Sindh. The claim is false: the photo actually shows a hospital in India; the
An image has been shared repeatedly by Sri Lankan Facebook users that shows opposition party members protesting against deforestation. The photo purports to show some protesters holding a banner that contains profanity. The banner, however, has be
And why do people hate the word itself?
An image has surfaced in Facebook and Twitter posts which claim it shows tear gas shells used against protesters marching for justice after the deaths of four teenagers in the Pakistani town of Janikhel in March 2021. The claim is false; the image emer
A photo has surfaced on Facebook and Twitter in posts claiming it shows members of the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM), a group advocating for the rights of the Pashtun ethnic group in Pakistan, waving the Indian flag at a protest in March 2021. The cla
In 2014, the interwebs were all abuzz concerning an image that appears to depict a gigantic crab - quickly dubbed 'Crabzilla' - just offshore from the seaside town of Whitstable in the UK. The post Old ‘Crabzilla’ Giant Crab Hoax Image Stil