Two photos of women weeping amid flood-ravaged homes have been shared in multiple posts on Facebook alongside a claim that it shows the aftermath of Typhoon Vamco, which slammed the Philippines in November 2020. The photos, however, have been shared in
Several images of Sri Lankan buses being submerged in the ocean have been shared on Facebook alongside a claim the vehicles were dumped in the sea after the government failed to sell them at auction. The claim is misleading; the buses have been used
Multiple Facebook posts shared in Myanmar claim that health experts have expressed “great concern” over a “Zombie deer virus” which they claim is “scarier than the coronavirus” and can spread among deer. The posts, which circulated onlin
REVIEW Widespread public health measures have been implemented in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to reduce the spread of the disease. Posts like this meme on Instagram claiming that measures such as vaccination, wearing face masks or gloves, or f
The 2020 presidential race is turning into the zombie election that Trump just won’t let die.
As coronavirus cases surge again nationwide the Supreme Court barred New York from enforcing certain limits on attendance at churches and synagogues in areas designated as hard hit by the virus.
An article claiming that billionaire financier George Soros was arrested for interference in the 2020 US election has received hundreds of shares and thousands of views on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. The report includes an image of a purported indic
Is it true that Pfizer's vaccine candidate to battle COVID-19 is made and stored in such a way that scores of people could be severely sickened or even killed by its use? No, that is a conspiracy theory not supported by scientific studies
Did an Arizona television station report Joe Biden's lead shrank after thousands of votes were found to be fraudulent and that non-citizens were voting? No, that's not true: ABC15 repeated a data error from one county, posted by the Arizo
President Donald Trump baselessly claimed anew that he had won the election and uttered repeated falsehoods when he called into an event held by Pennsylvania Republicans to investigate unproven allegations of voter fraud.
Posts on social media claim that there is no “office of president elect” and accuse Joe Biden of appropriating the title. This is misleading; nearly-complete election results confirm Biden’s victory and the “office” of the president-elect, t
President Donald Trump has pardoned former national security adviser Michael Flynn, taking direct aim in the final days of his administration at a Russia investigation that he has long insisted was motivated by political bias.
Q: Did a recent study in Denmark show that face masks are useless for COVID-19? A: No. The study found that face masks did not have a large protective effect for wearers — not that masks provide no protection at all or don’t offer benefits to
Many were tired of more than eight months of social distancing and determined to spend time with loved ones.
An analysis about emission drop-offs cited the COVID-19 pandemic as the cause.
A top European Union official said Wednesday that the first citizens in the 27 nation bloc could be vaccinated against the coronavirus by Christmas.
In 1987, news that two of the Queen’s cousins were living in a psychiatric hospital broke.
The former Meghan Markle shared her story in an opinion piece in the New York Times to help break the silence around an all-too-common tragedy.
Multiple posts on Facebook and Korean social media platforms claim that Germany closed 66 Chinese government-funded Confucius Institutes. The claim is misleading; the article referenced in the posts reports that 66 organisations in “the Western sta
Multiple TikTok and YouTube videos viewed thousands of times claim the United Arab Emirates stopped issuing visas for Pakistanis and other nationals of Muslim countries because of their continued refusal to recognise the state of Israel. The claim, h
Does California Sen. Dianne Feinstein's husband, Richard Blum, own a stake in Dominion Voting Systems, and is that part of the reason she is relinquishing the top Democrat spot on the Senate Judiciary Committee? No, that's not true: A Dom
An article in the Spectator by Professor Carl Heneghan and Tom Jefferson from the Oxford Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine claimed that a new study from Denmark shows that wearing face masks “does not significantly reduce the rates of [Covid-19]
The U.S. government has agreed temporarily not to deport detained immigrant women who have alleged being abused by a rural Georgia gynecologist.
Merriam-Webster's definition of "monolith" is a "single great stone often in the form of an obelisk or column."
Many countries, especially those based in Asia and the Pacific, are determined not to let their hard-won gains against COVID-19 evaporate with a resurgence of travel.
Multiple Facebook posts shared hundreds of times claim the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic was actually “not a flu at all” but was instead “caused by random dosages of an experimental 'bacterial meningitis vaccine'”. The claim is false; experts agree
A video has been viewed hundreds of thousands of times on YouTube and in multiple online posts which claim it shows that a Philippine Supreme Court justice has been "removed" from participating in a vice presidential poll dispute case. The claim is mis
A series of images has been shared hundreds of times on Weibo, Facebook and Twitter alongside a claim that it shows photos of earth taken by US space agency NASA. This claim is false; these images were computer-generated and created by a Russia-base
An activist group combating the proliferation of white supremacist propaganda online accused Facebook in a November 2020 report of failing to act when alerted to the spread of one such network on its platforms in 2018. “Facebook’s leadersh
The clickbait never sleeps.
The General Services Administration has ascertained that President-elect Joe Biden is the “apparent winner” of the Nov. 3 election, clearing the way for the start of the transition.
Are vaccines definitively linked to autism? No, that's not true: While some people believe this to be the case -- and are spreading their belief online in advance of release of vaccines to battle COVID-19 -- it remains just that, belief.
"Lousy lies" are the types of lies or false truths that seem so obviously implausible that they don’t seem designed to deceive, but rather to signal something else.
Did WikiLeaks dump documents November 17, 2020 revealing a CIA base in Frankfurt, Germany, was used to hack U.S. elections? No, that's not true: Wikileaks released documents back in 2017 purporting to show how the CIA hacked electronic eq
Is Canadian pathologist Dr. Roger Hodkinson correct when he asserts that COVID-19 is "the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on an unsuspecting public" and "just another bad flu"? No, neither of those claims is true: Data from the CDC show th
The annual presidential Thanksgiving tradition in 2018 eerily foreshadowed the real 2020 U.S. presidential election.
“Fatalities are barely any higher” Daily Mail, 20 November 2020. In an article titled “What they DON’T tell you about Covid”, the Daily Mail published a chart that claimed the number of weekly deaths is currently “b
Reggaeton superstar Bad Bunny has tested positive for the new coronavirus, his representative said Monday.
Was the stage for Joe Biden's 2021 inauguration already being built in front of the White House in November 2020? No, that's not true: A meme making the claim features a 1993 photo of the Bill Clinton's first inaugural parade review stand
A customer left a $3,000 tip for a single beer as a restaurant voluntarily closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.