Terrorist group Boko Haram has released a video that includes footage of a mid-air explosion, claiming it shows a Nigerian Air Force jet shot down by insurgents in Borno state. This is false; the exploding aircraft seen in the beginning of the video wa
Hanako, a scarlet koi, was rumored to have been alive at the time of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
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 a large baobab has been shared hundreds of times on Facebook alongside claims that the tree is 6,000 years old and located in Tanzania. But experts say that to date, no tree in the world has been discovered to date that is this old. The
A post on Instagram claims that the World Health Organisation (WHO) has pronounced PCR tests for Covid-19 as flawed, and all positive tests in the past 14 months ‘invalid’ if a cycle threshold of 35 or above has been used.
Figures suggest that the number of viewers for the prestigious awards event sunk to a 13 year low.
A Facebook post claims to show a medical encyclopedia from 1989 showing that coronaviruses cause the common cold, which could imply that Covid-19 is no different from a cold. This picture needs more context. The word ‘coronavirus’ has
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A black and white photo of two emaciated men has been circulating in a post on Facebook that has been shared 22,000 times. The post strongly implies they were British soldiers. This is not true. The post states: “The idiots who hate everything Br
A photo has been shared hundreds of times in multiple Facebook, Twitter and online forum posts alongside a claim it shows a Rohingya woman killed during anti-coup protests in Myanmar in 2021. The claim is false: the photo has circulated since at leas
Did archaeologists find a one million year-old artificial underground complex? No, that's not true: the archaeological site in question consists of approximately 3,500 well-studied underground chambers across various complexes, which exte
Its selling price far exceeded the $114,000 that another unopened copy that was produced in 1987 fetched in a Heritage auction last summer.
Three photos shared thousands of times on Facebook claim that they show Myanmar military’s helicopter shot down by the Karen National Union (KNU), one of the largest armed ethnic groups in Myanmar, on March 30, 2021. The photos circulated online foll
Multiple posts on Facebook claim that a truck carrying 34 kidnapped children was found in Rustenburg, a city in South Africa. The claim is false, according to local police, who said while there have been incidents in the past of undocumented children f
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
A video has been viewed tens of thousands of times in multiple posts on YouTube and Facebook that claim it shows former US President Donald Trump meeting North Korean leader Kim Jong-un for a summit in Pyongyang on March 14, 2021. The claim is false:
A photo of South Korean President Moon Jae-in shared repeatedly in multiple Facebook posts purports to show him holding a placard that criticises the United States and promotes Pyongyang’s nuclear programme. The image, however, has been doctored.
A claim that TIME magazine named Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha the “best leader in the world” has been shared tens of thousands of times on Facebook. The posts add that Prayut narrowly beat Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for the to
George Segal, the banjo player turned actor who was nominated for an Oscar for 1966's “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” and worked into his late 80s on the ABC sitcom “The Goldbergs,” has died.
Gov. Spencer Cox has said the measure would send an “important message” about preventing children from accessing explicit online content.
An Arizona man is accused of forcing off the road a National Guard convoy transporting COVID-19 vaccines in West Texas and then holding 11 guard members at gunpoint.
Biden has insisted that nobody making less than $400,000 will face higher taxes, but some officials have suggested that level could apply to families, not individuals.
An image of Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa shaking hands with an opposition lawmaker has been shared in multiple Facebook posts alongside claims that the photo shows the moment the lawmaker and seven others joined the governing party. The
A viral meme purportedly featured two past quotes from Joe Biden in which he said he liked "colored folk," and that "negroes" shouldn't hold power.
A picture has been shared hundreds of times on Facebook and Twitter alongside a claim that Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccines are sold on Shopee, a popular e-shopping platform, in Malaysia. The claim is false; Shopee says the photo is “fake” and Covid-19
Though we can not ascertain the world's oldest language, other languages including Chinese and Egyptian are older than Tamil.
A graphic that appears to show that Sourav Ganguly, a former Indian cricketer, has joined India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been shared in multiple posts on Facebook. The claim is false: the image was created by superimposing an old phot
We tracked down the origins of the tale of a psychologist named Louis Cheskin, who purportedly advised McDonald's about its alluring golden arches logo.
Multiple Facebook, Twitter and TikTok posts have shared a video in March 2021, claiming it shows the World Bank has praised the Philippine government for the country’s “strong” economic performance despite the Covid-19 pandemic. The claim is misl
Videos circulating online purport to show Tanzanian President John Pombe Magufuli making public appearances following week-long concerns about his whereabouts and health. The claim is false; one clip is from a 2019 news report when there were also co
A video has been viewed hundreds of thousands times in multiple Facebook, Twitter and YouTube posts in March 2021 that claim it shows former US President Donald Trump landing in New York for the first time since leaving the White House. The posts also
A remarkable set of pictures appeared to show the New York Democrat at the lowest ebb of his decade in office. But what exactly was he drinking?
If true, 2001 FO32 could be the largest and fastest asteroid to pass by the planet in 2021.
Is U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry a major stockholder in RWE AG, a German multinational energy company, that owns wind turbines in Texas? No, that's not true: In an email to Lead Stories, the company's head of inve
U.S. intelligence reportedly warned Donald Trump about the existence of the virus in November 2019 and about its spread in January and February 2020.
A warning has been shared repeatedly in Facebook, Twitter and Line posts that urge people to turn off their mobile phones because “dangerous cosmic rays will pass by earth.” The claim is false; a Thai expert told AFP that the warning is “fake new
Numerous social media accounts with a history of promoting religious content in Nigeria are circulating four images of a building engulfed in flames, what appears to be shrouded bodies lined up on the ground and a book stained red, in posts purporting
Bobde said that his words were "misreported" and "twisted." He did not order the accused to marry the victim but asked him if he would.
Posts circulating widely on Facebook in Nigeria claim that the Nigerian government has purchased the instant messaging service WhatsApp for 3 billion naira ($7.3 million) and plans to use it to spy on citizens. This is false; Facebook, WhatsApp’s par
A photo of a black sport utility vehicle (SUV) with bullet holes has been shared in news articles and on social media along with claims of an attempted assassination targeting a lawyer linked to a separatist group in Nigeria. This is false; AFP Fact Ch