Idealistic about ends, realistic about means.
Social media users shared a range of false claims this week. Here are the facts: A reporter who was jailed for possessing child sexual abuse images was not the person who debunked the “pizzagate” conspiracy theory.
CLAIM: The FBI has confirmed that the “pizzagate” conspiracy theory is real. AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. The FBI says it has made no such announcement about the long-debunked rumor.
“Fox News got caught” staging a video of Israel arresting a “crisis actor.”
Was Donald Trump's real voice used in a video endorsing a documentary warning that 300 million Americans will die in an attack on the power grid in a matter of weeks? No, that's not true: There is no proof that Trump ever made the stateme
Did U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez say that a ceasefire is when "somebody sees a fire"? No, that's not true: This is a deepfake video originating from a meme account that identified it as such with a "deepfake" hashtag. The
Social media users shared a range of false claims this week. Here are the facts: DNA fragments used in the development of the coronavirus vaccine -- such as a portion of SV40’s DNA sequence — are not causing health problems in people who have recei
Does a social media video of three young women fighting off multiple men in a tunnel passageway depict an actual event involving Israeli girls -- or, depending on different versions using the same video, French paramilitary women or Turki
Social media users shared a range of false claims this week. Here are the facts: Over-the-counter cold and cough medications aren't being pulled from drugstore shelves for nefarious reasons — some products that contain phenylephrine as a single ingre
AP’S ASSESSMENT: False.
The historic event known as the First Thanksgiving is universally recognized as a landmark in American history. Traditionally, it is viewed as a time of celebration and unity between the Pilgrims who arrived on the shore of the New World aboard the M
“We produce a lot more wind energy in Texas than California does.”
New evidence complicates the leading narrative around short-term benefits of the expanded child tax credit.
The advent of the internet brought about a revolution which has since been the backbone of technological evolution and a cornerstone of globalization, becoming an essential component of our daily living. Unraveling its inception poses an intriguing e
CLAIM: News reports say Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's psychiatrist died by suicide. AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. The claim comes from a 2010 satirical blog post.
Social media users shared a range of false claims this week. Here are the facts: Reports of a gas leak at a Kentucky polling place were not an election-rigging tactic to gain more votes for Democratic Gov.
Does a video posted on social media show a genuine British police officer questioning a driver, who is waiting for a friend at a train station, to exclude him as a suspect in a crime "that may or may not be currently in progress"? No, tha
CLAIM: Drones were used to create a giant, illuminated skeleton near the Burj Khalifa for a Halloween display above pedestrians in an outdoor plaza.
CLAIM: A video shows a soldier being thrown to the ground as an airstrike hits an Israeli tank. AP’S ASSESSMENT: False.
Social media users shared a range of false claims this week. Here are the facts: Austria's Salzburg Airport does not have a special desk for travelers who thought they were going to Australia, people are misrepresenting an ad that appeared at the airpo
Economic nationalists champion interventionism, but they’re waking up to a harsh fact: Political opponents can wield it too.
Was the same Palestinian child used to stage fake rescue photos from three separate Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip on the same day in October 2023? No, that's not true: These three photos were taken in Aleppo, Syria, on August 27, 2016
Is a video of jets surrounding Donald Trump's jet real? No, that's not true: The video that appeared in a viral X post is from a video game. A YouTube video with the same footage has "#flightsim" and the acronym to a flight simulation vid
Social media users shared a range of false claims this week. Here are the facts: A clip circulating online doesn't show Qatar’s ruling emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, threatening to cut off the world’s natural gas supply if Israel doesn’t
Does a well-known video of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2021, now on social media, show an inflatable prop rather than a real military plane? No, that's not true: There's no credible evidence to suggest that the scores of peopl
Video shows an “inflatable decoy plane” at the Kabul airport in 2021.
Social media users shared a range of false claims this week. Here are the facts: BBC News did not report that Ukraine provided weapons to Hamas; a video circulating online was fabricated to look like it came from the news outlet.
“Since Biden took office ... real wages have fallen monthly.”
An ABC News headline said, “Journalist covering the Hunter Biden case dies after being shot 7 times.”
Social media users shared a range of false claims this week. Here are the facts: The Biden administration is not giving people who enter the U.S illegally payments of $2,200 per month.
Did the head of the CIA acknowledge in a speech that "chemtrails" are real? No, that's not true: In a 2016 speech then-CIA Director John Brennan was discussing a controversial and untested solar geoengineering method called Stratospheric
AP’S ASSESSMENT: False.
Social media users shared a range of false claims this week. Here are the facts: A Federal Emergency Management Agency emergency broadcast system test on Oct. 4 won't activate nanoparticles contained in COVID-19 vaccines.
We are in a self-perpetuating cycle of intergenerational inequality, and too many Americans are just fine with the root cause.
A government shutdown won’t actually improve America’s fiscal trajectory.
How policy fuels a needless conflict that may have no long-term winners.
The video has been shared across multiple social media platforms.