A video that appears to show a notification for adult site Pornhub appearing on a screen during CNN’s live coverage of the 2020 US election has been viewed tens of thousands of times on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. The video, however, h
Multiple posts on Facebook and in Naver Blogs claim that South Korea has reported more than 600 domestic cases of the novel coronavirus on November 18, 2020. The claim is false; official figures released by the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Ag
Multiple posts shared hundreds of times on Facebook and Twitter claim the Australian government cut AUD 200 million from the New South Wales Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) in the state’s 2020-21 budget. The claim is false; NSW RFS told AFP that budget
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Multiple Facebook posts shared in November 2020 claim that the Philippine Supreme Court has warned Vice President Leni Robredo to stop publicly discussing a poll dispute case filed against her by losing opponent Bongbong Marcos. The posts are misleadin
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
Multiple Korean-language posts published on various social media platforms in November 2020 claim that South Korea’s Seoul Metropolitan Government has introduced a new scheme that allows bicycles on all buses. But the claim omits important context;
Multiple Facebook and Twitter posts shared thousands of times claim that Singapore treats anyone older than seven years old as an adult in the criminal court system and suggest that Thailand should adopt a similar system. The posts claim youths aged ov
Trump and his supporters are pointing to debunked claims on social media as reason to not accept that Democrat Joe Biden won the election.
Two photos — one showing a pen and a pencil lying in a pool of blood and another showing an injured child — have been shared thousands of times in multiple posts on Facebook and Twitter alongside a claim they reveal the aftermath of a bombing
A video has been viewed tens of thousands of times in multiple Facebook posts alongside a claim that Myanmar's civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi lost her seat in the Myanmar election on November 8, 2020. The claim is misleading; as of the morning of No
A video that has racked up millions of views on Twitter claims to show a poll worker crumpling up an absentee ballot.
An image purporting to show the "genuine suicide note" of late South Korean comedian Park Ji-sun’s mother has been shared multiple times across social media platforms. These posts circulated online just a day after the comedian and her mother were f
A doctored picture of US President Donald Trump has been shared thousands of times on Facebook alongside a claim that he has just won the US presidential election and urges Myanmar to vote for the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) in their upc
Multiple Facebook posts have shared a claim that Thai protest leaders have been granted political asylum in the United States by the CIA. The claim is false: the CIA does not grant political asylum as it falls under the US Department of Homeland Secur
Social media posts claim that there are tens of thousands of ballots in Georgia’s DeKalb County that have issues needing to be fixed, or “cured.” This is false; the county’s election board said the number was around 200 as of November 4, 2020.
Multiple Facebook and Instagram posts shared hundreds of times in October 2020 claim New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern “bribed New Zealand mainstream media with NZ$125 million" taken from the country's taxpayers in order to win re-election.
Multiple posts shared repeatedly on Facebook and Twitter in October 2020 claim that more than 40 South Koreans have died after receiving a flu vaccine that was imported from China. The posts suggest that all flu vaccines recently administered in South
A photo of a newspaper report claiming that 25 containers of substandard canned fish were distributed in Sri Lanka has been shared hundreds of times in multiple Facebook posts in October 2020. The claim, however, omits important context; Sri Lankan
Multiple Facebook posts shared hundreds of times claim a group of Sri Lankan opposition politicians wore a sticker resembling a bullet wound in protest over the death of a notorious drug lord. The claim is misleading; a spokesperson for the group, who
Multiple posts on Facebook and Naver, South Korea’s largest web portal, claim that 97% of sanitary towels in distribution in South Korea contain chemicals that can cause cancer. The claim, however, is misleading; the data cited in the misleading po
Multiple Facebook posts shared repeatedly in October 2020 claim that a Sri Lankan opposition party offered quarantine facilities and financial support for those infected with the novel coronavirus. The claim is false; on October 20, 2020, a spokesp
Multiple Facebook posts shared hundreds of times in October 2020 claim that Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews is travelling to Queensland for the Australian Football League grand final, skipping quarantine. The claim is misleading: Andrews said he wou
Multiple Facebook and Twitter posts shared hundreds of times claim that Ipsos MORI, a British market research company investigating novel coronavirus testing in the UK, derives its name from a Latin phrase that translates as "they die". The posts sugge
A photo has been shared repeatedly in multiple Facebook posts and in an online article alongside a claim it shows suspected coronavirus patients fleeing a quarantine centre-bound bus after a road accident in Sri Lanka. The claim, however, is mislea
An image of a large crowd gathering on a highway has been shared in multiple social media posts claiming it shows Nigerians protesting against the country’s controversial Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). The recently disbanded unit has been accuse
Lee en español There were no presidential debates this week, but that doesn’t mean that FactChat‘s members didn’t have plenty of material to work with. Manipulated videos and misleading claims continue to flood social networks, as we
Multiple posts shared tens of thousands of times on Facebook and Twitter since 2016 claim the Philippine Food and Drug Administration (FDA) “confirmed” the food flavouring monosodium glutamate (MSG) is "a silent killer". The posts omit important c
Multiple posts shared repeatedly on Facebook and various websites claim that eating soybeans can increase the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease. The claim is misleading; health experts told AFP there is insufficient scientific evidence that c
A video has been viewed thousands of times on Facebook and Youtube alongside a claim it shows former Indian opposition leader Rahul Gandhi calling himself “the biggest fool” in the country. The claim is false; the video has been edited in a mislead
The Virginia Department of Elections said in statement on Twitter that a “fiber cut” was affecting connectivity for multiple agencies, including the citizen portal and registrar's offices, and technicians were working to repair the problem.
A graphic has been shared repeatedly in multiple posts on Facebook and Twitter alongside a claim it shows guidance issued by the World Health Organization (WHO) about seven “habits” that pose the greatest risk of brain damage. The claim is false
A photo showing a doctor holding up a sign has been making rounds on social networks with claims he is urging Africans to refuse the Covid-19 vaccine. This is false; the image was doctored and the original photo shows a medic holding a sign asking peop
A photo has been shared hundreds of times in multiple Facebook and Twitter posts that claim it shows the luxurious interior of a Boeing-777 plane that was recently purchased for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The claim is false: the photo has c
Edited or misleading images are some of the most common kinds of misinformation found online, but they can sometimes be hard to spot. Below are examples of image-based misinformation we’ve encountered in our work, and advice on how to verify thin
Multiple posts shared hundreds of times on Facebook and WhatsApp in early October 2020 claim Sri Lanka banned all vacation and pilgrim travel until 2021 following the discovery of a new coronavirus cluster. The claim, however, is misleading; as of Oct
Multiple online articles shared repeatedly on Facebook claim a “new virus” disease called severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome (SFTS) was spreading in China in September 2020. But the articles omit important details about the disease; while
Multiple Facebook and Instagram posts have shared a screenshot of a Fox News graphic that purports to show infection fatality ratios in the United States for the novel coronavirus, based on various age groups. The graphic was shared alongside a cl
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