The tweet was described as a “Meme. Cultural touchstone. Cheese sandwich.”
A viral video on Facebook includes a number of false and misleading claims about the Covid-19 pandemic. The video consists of a woman recommending a publication in New Zealand called The Real News, which she summarises and reads from. There are a
As the world struggles to break the grip of COVID-19, psychologists and misinformation experts are studying why the pandemic spawned so many conspiracy theories, which have led people to eschew masks, social distancing and vaccines.
A video has been viewed hundreds of thousands of times on social media alongside a claim that it shows Volvo’s chief executive being run over by a self-braking car. The claim is misleading; while the video shows a genuine incident in 2015, during whi
SciCheck Digest Social media posts repeatedly misuse unverified data from the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System to falsely claim that COVID-19 vaccines are dangerous, and even lethal. But the government database is not designed to determine if vac
A Chicago comedian revealed on March 30 2021 that he was the creator of at least one Twitter account that had users wondering whether it was a real “ambassador” for Amazon, as the tech megacorporation faced both a unionization vote and more
A video on Instagram that has been viewed more than 20,000 times claims that a second wave of Covid-19 has been planned, and Covid-19 vaccines are going to be fatal. Both claims are false. Conspiracy theories about the planning of Covid-19 have been sh
REVIEW In late March 2021, the claim that Jamaica hadn’t experienced cases of COVID-19 circulated on Facebook. The COVID-19 situation in the Caribbean island was rarely featured in large international news outlets, which may have led people to bel
Discrepancies in the way police treat suspects of difference races were the subject of a widely shared meme, in March 2021, after the arrest of Robert Aaron Long.
A picture of a man and two women attempting to recreate a viral meme has been shared thousands of times on Facebook, alongside claims that it shows the original models, only 10 years later. This is false; the recently-shared image was taken at the Muse
As they say, it's called a garbage can, not a garbage cannot.
https://www.factcheck.org/2021/03/scicheck-video-how-viral-deceptions-spread/ In this video, SciCheck r
A video has been viewed hundreds of thousands of times in Facebook and YouTube posts that claim it shows a "breaking news" report that Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr, the son and namesake of a former Philippine dictator, has been declared Philippi
REVIEW A Facebook video published by chiropractor Steven Baker on 5 March 2021, claimed that vaccines are responsible for autoimmune diseases. The video received more than 10,000 interactions and more than 80,000 views on Facebook, according to soci
In this video, SciCheck reviews a case study of how misinformation spreads online. The video looks at how InfoWars, a conspiracy theory website, distorted the facts of an order by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that mandates face masks
A Facebook post shared thousands of times claims to show a picture of Gogglebox star and writer Mary Killen modelling at a younger age. Despite some resemblance, the picture is not actually of Ms Killen. The image began to go viral last January. At the
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Republicans make a mountain out of molehill to highlight Biden's limited exchanges with reporters
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene has been heavily criticized for embracing a number of conspiracy theories. She’s promoted QAnon and Pizzagate theories. She’s claimed that the California wildfires were ignited by space lasers. And on Jan. 19, Media Matt
A January 21 2021 Facebook post about two athletes — Kenyan runner Abel Mutai and Spanish runner Ivan Fernandez — was shared more than 100,000 times in a little over a month: Kenyan runner Abel Mutai was only a few meters from the finish l
The bright yellow chest feathers of ordinary king penguins are thought to be an evolutionary tactic to attract a mate.
Quick Take A screenshot purports to show a 2016 tweet from Texas Sen. Ted Cruz concerning climate change. Cruz’s office said the tweet was fake, and there is no record of Cruz ever posting it. The phony screenshot went viral anyway. Full Story A
On February 12 2021, local news organization WFMJ shared a Facebook post reporting on the arrest of 24-year-old Shaina Bell of Liberty Township; Bell allegedly left her two-year-old child in the care of her ten-year-old while working a shift at a near
A post on Instagram lists the number of deaths in England and Wales each year from 2013 to 2019. It claims that up to week 47 of 2020 there were only 511,883 deaths which is “almost 20,000 less deaths since last year.” It asks “so exa
A video has been viewed tens of thousands of times on Facebook, TikTok and other platforms alongside a claim it shows US President Biden signing blank executive orders. The claim is false; while the overexposed lighting of the footage appears to show
A Facebook post shared more than 380,000 times claims to show a video of rodents in the window of a takeout restaurant at Charles de Gaulle airport on the outskirts of Paris. This claim is false; other scenes from the video show that it was actually fi
Quick Take Dubious websites and viral posts falsely claim that the World Health Organization changed COVID-19 testing protocols for political reasons following Joe Biden’s inauguration and admitted that false-positive cases had been inflating th
Did a nurse take the viral photo of a pigeon perched upon a man sleeping in a hospital bed, to show how the bird frequently "visited" the man while his family never came to see him? No, that's not true: Ioannis Protonotarios, a photograph
A viral video of an influencer spreading on social media makes a number of incorrect claims about the coronavirus pandemic, including its impact on children and suicide rates and misinformation about testing and face masks. “They’ve introd
Joe Biden has only been president for a couple of days, but already his critics on social media are saying the country has fallen apart during his tenure. A reader pointed us to a Facebook post dated Jan. 24 that promised to “take a look at the
Quick Take A viral video makes a series of inaccurate and unfounded arguments for why people should not receive any vaccines, including those for COVID-19. Full Story As COVID-19 cases continue to rise across the globe, anti-vaccination activists try t
Quick Take A viral meme presents quotes from some Democratic lawmakers to misleadingly suggest they were advocating violence. They were supporting protests over various issues. Full Story Days after a mob of President Donald Trump’s supporters s
A number of Facebook posts have appeared claiming that a 14-year-old girl is missing after being pulled into a car, and has not been seen for 48 hours. These posts are not true, and the websites they link to may be harmful. Despite using the same
A video has been shared thousands of times on social media alongside claims that it shows Ugandan police manhandling and stripping the wife of opposition leader Bobi Wine and her son. But this is false: Barbie Wine told AFP Fact Check that she was not
Did a viral photo of doctors and nurses in Italy, who were treating COVID-19 patients, show them holding up a sign, which begins "Jesus Stops this Virus"? No, that's not true: The sign doctors and nurses are holding in the original photo,
A video viewed hundreds of thousands of times in multiple posts on Facebook and YouTube purports to show Filipino tycoon Fernando Zobel de Ayala "shaming" Vice President Leni Robredo in an interview. The claim is misleading: the video shows the busin
Quick Take A viral tweet that migrated to Facebook distorts the facts on the consequences of a potential, second impeachment of President Donald Trump. Impeachment alone would not strip Trump of his pension or bar him from pursuing office in the future
Is Nancy Pelosi no longer Speaker of the House as the caption below a video claims? No, that's not true: Nancy Pelosi is still Speaker despite what the caption says below a viral Facebook video. The footage shows the opening of Pro Forma
Earlier this week, in the midst of Georgia’s Senate runoff elections on January 5, a viral social media post was widely shared allegedly showing a photo of “shredded ballots” in Georgia. The original tweet, which has been retweeted mo