An image that supposedly depicts Earth, Jupiter and Venus in alignment as seen from the surface of Mars is once again circulating via social media. The post Computer Generated ‘Earth, Venus and Jupiter as Seen From Mars’ Image Again Circula
Quick Take A computer-rendered image has been mischaracterized on social media posts as a photo taken from Mars, purportedly showing Earth, Venus and Jupiter in vertical alignment. Although the same image was previously debunked in 2012, the claim resu
An image has been shared repeatedly in multiple Facebook posts in February 2021, purporting to show a Sri Lankan opposition politician holding a photo of a locally produced soft drink during a media interview. The posts claim the politician was critic
An image shared in multiple posts on Facebook and YouTube in February 2021 purports to show prisoners walking by the US Capitol. The posts were shared weeks after Trump supporters stormed the building in Washington DC. The image has been circulated i
An image has been shared in multiple Facebook and Twitter posts that purports to show Swedish environmentalist Greta Thunberg eating on a train while a group of African children look on. The posts mocked Thunberg for her social activism after she twee
A photo showing a frozen waterfall inside a house has been shared on social media with claims that it was taken in Texas during the recent devastating winter storm. This is false; the image has been on the internet since 2018, more than two years befor
An image purportedly showing former US first lady Michelle Obama wearing a necklace with letters that spell “MIKE” has been shared repeatedly on Facebook in February 2021. The image, however, has been doctored; original video shows that Obama in
A photo collage has been shared in multiple Facebook posts that claim it shows failed construction projects by a political opposition party in the Philippines. The claim is misleading: while one photo in the collage genuinely shows a bridge in the
A photo has been shared repeatedly in multiple posts on Twitter and TikTok alongside a claim it shows Myanmar security forces cracking down on anti-coup protesters in the city of Mandalay in February 2021. The claim is false: the image in fact shows a
An image has been shared in multiple posts on Facebook and Twitter alongside claims it shows an anti-coup protest in Yangon, Myanmar's largest city. The image, however, has been altered; although there have been huge crowds at protests against the
A Facebook post shared in Kenya purports to show images of a church in Washington DC being converted into a mosque. But the claim is false: AFP Fact Check found that while the photos do show a church that was turned into a mosque, the building is l
An image of “5D medical beds” has been shared in multiple Facebook posts alongside a claim that the technology will soon make “3D hospitals” obsolete. The claim is misleading: the image attached to these posts is a 3D model render which was or
Soon after former adult film actress Mia Khalifa tweeted her support for protesting farmers in India, an image circulated online that purported to show a group of men feeding a photo of her on a poster. The image circulated alongside a claim that the
Country star Luke Combs has apologized for appearing with Confederate flags, saying he is now aware of how painful that flag is.
An image of a man being detained by Nigerian police, none of whom are wearing masks, has been shared multiple times on Facebook and Instagram alongside claims that it shows officers arresting a face-mask seller for failing to wear a mask in accordance
An image has been shared thousands of times on social media with claims that it shows “the closest image of the Sun”, captured by US space agency NASA’s Parker Solar Probe. The claims are false: the photo was actually taken from Earth by an inde
An image purportedly showing a woman with a sword confronting a tank in Myanmar has been shared on Facebook and Twitter as the junta intensifies a crackdown on anti-coup protesters. However, the image has been doctored from a photo of military vehic
Photos showing wreckage of a car crash have been shared in multiple Facebook posts and news articles alongside claims they show an accident involving the family of Sri Lankan politician Bimal Rathnayake on February 3, 2021. The claim is false; the p
A photo purporting to show Philippine legislator Sarah Elago in communist rebel uniform has been shared in multiple Facebook posts. The claim is false: the photo had been doctored; Elago's image was digitally inserted onto a photo of a communist rebel.
An image purporting to show Indian activist Anna Hazare joining the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been widely shared on Facebook and Twitter. The image, however, has been doctored to add Hazare’s face on the body of another politician wh
A collage comparing two images — one that appears to show a rock formation in Bulgaria and another of a near-identical formation in a purported “original NASA photo of Mars” — has been shared hundreds of times on Facebook since 2014. The image
Did the Parker Solar Probe capture this brilliant high resolution image of the sun? No, that's not true: The Parker probe is not equipped to take direct photos of the sun. This photograph was produced by an astrophotographer named Bray Fa
Videos viewed tens of thousands of times in multiple posts on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter purport to show the aftermath of a major earthquake in the Chinese city of Shanghai on January 31, 2021. The claim is false: the images in the clips show var
An image shared thousands of times on Facebook and Twitter purports to show protesters in Myanmar holding a banner that reads: "If you don’t fight, you will end up like Thailand". However, the image has been doctored; the original photo shows he
An image has been shared widely on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter alongside a claim it shows "the only clear photo ever taken from the surface of Venus by Soviet spacecraft Venera 13". The claim is misleading: the image was originally created by a
An image purportedly showing former US First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wearing an electronic ankle monitor has been shared repeatedly on Facebook in February 2021. The posts claim the photo is evidence that Clinton "may have been arre
A video that purports to show flying trains have been shared on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube alongside claims that the trains are flying over China. The claim, however, is false; the video in fact shows computer generated imagery created by a simulati
A photo has been shared in multiple news articles and social media posts in January 2021 alongside a claim it shows a woman who was arrested in Mexico after stabbing her husband. The claim is false: the image has circulated online since 2019 in repo
A photo has been shared in social media posts and news articles about the Myanmar military’s arrest of civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi as it seized power in a coup on February 1, 2021. The photo has been shared in a misleading context; it shows actr
A photo purporting to show former Philippine president Benigno Aquino III admiring a portrait of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos has been shared hundreds of times on Facebook. The photo, however, has been digitally altered. The original image shows Aq
The flag, which resembles a U.S. flag but has a blue stripe, is considered a sign of police solidarity, but has also been criticized as a symbol of white supremacy.
A photo purporting to show a Muslim woman attacked by her community for marrying a Sinhalese man in Sri Lanka has been shared in multiple Facebook posts. The claim is misleading; the image shows an incident that occurred in India in 2018.
An image has been shared hundreds of times in multiple posts on Facebook and Twitter that purports to show a tweet from US media organisation CNN stating the "actual range" of Pakistani Shaheen-III missiles is 5,770 km. The posts circulated with
An image of a plane that appears to feature “Khalistan Airlines” branding and Sikh symbols has been shared in multiple Facebook posts. The photo, however, has been doctored; the original image shows a Singapore Airlines plane; there is no “Khali
A photo has been shared tens of thousands of times in multiple posts on Facebook and Twitter that claim it shows an image of snow under a microscope. The claim is false: the image has been manipulated from a photo of an artwork by artist Rogan Brown.
Photos have been shared in multiple social media posts across Africa purporting to show a Ugandan policeman caught with a box of ballots rigged in favour of President Yoweri Museveni during the national poll held on January 14, 2021. This is false: AFP
As coronavirus cases surge in Ireland, a picture of a poster that appears to be from the national health service asking people to report their neighbours for not wearing a mask has been circulating on Facebook around the world. The image is a hoax;
Images of guns have been shared hundreds of times on Facebook alongside claims that they were made by the newly set-up military arm of a Nigerian separatist group. But this is false: AFP Fact Check found that the guns in question were manufactured in
An image purporting to show a character from The Simpsons in a horned hat outside the US Capitol has been shared in social media posts that claim the animated TV series predicted the January 6 riot by supporters of President Donald Trump. The claim is
An image that appears to show a Sikh farmer on the cover of National Geographic magazine is circulating online as farmers' protests continue to sweep India. However, the image was created by an Instagram user “for artistic expression” and has not