SciCheck Digest Taking unregulated herbal cocktails to cause an abortion can be dangerous, obstetricians say. But recipes — some containing potentially toxic ingredients — for self-induced “miscarriages” have been circulating on
Are Pfizer and Moderna mRNA COVID-19 vaccines associated with an increased risk of serious adverse events of special interest? No, that's not true: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said in an email to Lead Stories that the vacc
On June 28 2022, amid discussions of the countless ripple effects caused by ending Roe v. Wade, a Facebook page shared a screenshot of a viral tweet claiming that the primary cause of death for pregnant women in the United States was homicide, attached
U.S. presidents have little control over the price that consumers pay for gasoline. As the Energy Information Administration explains, gasoline prices are mainly affected by the price of crude oil, a fossil fuel that is refined into gasoline. And the p
Some mainstream news outlets misrepresented a statement the Supreme Court justice made in a dissenting opinion.
The three major U.S. credit reporting companies will stop counting paid medical debt on the reports that banks, potential landlords and others use to judge creditworthiness.
In a surprising and seismic shift in college athletics, the Big Ten voted Thursday to add Southern California and UCLA as conference members beginning in 2024.
The U.S. Justice Department has launched a sweeping inquiry into the New York Police Department's famed sex crimes investigators following years of complaints about the way they treat crime victims.
“Since I took office, Michigan has added more than 25,000 auto jobs.”
India banned some single-use or disposable plastic products as part of a federal plan to phase out the ubiquitous material in the nation of nearly 1.4 billion people.
American basketball star Brittney Griner appeared in a Moscow-area court for trial about 4 1/2 months after she was arrested on cannabis possession charges.
Do a new study and Pfizer documents prove COVID-19 vaccination will cause mass depopulation through infertility and premature death? No, that's not true: The shot temporarily lowers sperm count, much the same as after a "simple viral infe
Did a Russian missile do a complete U-turn and return to strike the troops who fired it? No, that's not true: This missile launch was a failure, but the missile did not return precisely to the site of its launch. It exploded in a field ne
Economists cite several reasons for high inflation in the United States, starting with the unprecedented circumstances created by the COVID-19 pandemic. But TV ads in midterm races across the country blame one culprit: stimulus spending by President Jo
“Plan B can cause an abortion. It’s right there on the box.”
Is this video of the Russian warship, Moskva -- the English-letter spelling of the Russian term for Moscow -- sinking in April 2022 after an ammunition explosion while being towed back to Sevastopol, a major maritime port in the Black Sea
Do "trans kids" not exist in the "rest of the world" outside the United States or only in "certain countries"? No, that's not true: There have been multiple news reports about transgender children around the globe, from Japan to South Afr
Although Democrats already control the Senate by the narrowest of margins, there isn’t enough support within their caucus to change the filibuster rule.
Did the U.S. military convict and execute Jennifer O'Malley Dillon, White House deputy chief of staff? No, that's not true: A Pentagon spokesperson told Lead Stories the claim is "completely false," and O'Malley Dillon was listed among re
"The Supreme Court ruled that border agents can enter anyone’s home within a 100-mile radius of the border without a warrant for any reason and federal courts cannot do anything about it."
Some people definitely fantasized about committing such an act after Roe v. Wade was overturned.
Ferdinand Marcos Jr., the namesake son of an ousted dictator, praised his father's legacy and glossed over its violent past as he was sworn in as Philippine president.
Russian President Vladimir Putin shot back at Western leaders who mocked his athletic exploits, saying they would look “disgusting” if they tried to emulate his bare-torso appearances.
A video of Muslims protesting against Haridwar Dharam Sansad's hate speech in Bareilly on January 2022 has been falsely linked to the Prophet Muhammad row.
Does this photo show a U.S. military polymer drone that looks like a live fly? No, that's not true: This is not a drone but an example of a bot fly, the collections manager of the University of Arizona's Insect Collection told Lead Storie
On June 29 2022, Trendolizer listed a blog post from Heritage Action for America (“Myth vs. Fact: SCOTUS Dobbs Decision and America’s Attitude on Abortion”) as a virally popular link in circulation on social media. The contents of that li
Los Angeles police did clash with abortion-rights protesters.
Social media users tried to sow doubt and confusion about the safety and efficacy of vaccines after British health authorities found traces of vaccine-derived polio in sewage water.
Does an image of a Russian passport shared on social media in spring 2022 prove that Ukrainian President Volodymir Zelenskyy is a secret Russian citizen? No, that's not true. Analysis of similar images shows that forged passport scans are
Images from different incidents that occurred in 2018 were falsely shared as those of laser beams causing California wildfires.
We looked into the history of a quote attributed to Jefferson on the subjects of religious institutions, civil rights, and the separation between church and state.
Donald Trump was OK with armed supporters at his Jan. 6 rally. That and 5 other takeaways from White House insider Cassidy Hutchinson’s testimony to Jan. 6 committee
Does a picture of a grieving girl hugging a tombstone stem from the 2022 Russia-Ukraine conflict? No, that's not true. The photograph first appeared on a Georgian-language website in January 2019. The original image contained a Georgian-l
A panel at GlobalFact 9 talked about how new AI technologies might more efficiently combat global misinformation.
With the flood of misinformation saturating social media, there are too many claims and not enough human fact-checkers to do the tedious work required. Can automation help with fact-checking? Fact-checking […] The post What is the future of autom