Looking at “American aid to other countries … the vast majority of it is military aid.”
“We sell arms to 60% of the world's autocrats. We are the world's largest arms exporters."
Does a video on social media prove that the United Nations "is setting up shop" in the United States in 2023 to plot for a "take over" scheduled to take place "when WW3 is declared"? No, that's not true: This years-old claim was refuted b
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It has been widely claimed on social media that, in reference to A-level results day, Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said: “The danger is that pupils will be overpromoted into jobs that are beyond their competence.” This is not true.&
The candidate had laid off her campaign staff at the end of December.
In a July 31 television interview, Democratic presidential candidate Marianne Williamson inaccurately implied there might be a connection between vaccines and higher reported rates of childhood chronic diseases. Williamson is correct that reported rate
The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Fact-checking Marianne Williamson on school funding in the United States Democratic presidential candidate Marianne Williamson rolled out a plan this week to create a new U.S. Department of Children and Youth foc
Editor's note: This story is part of PolitiFact’s ongoing coverage of the 2020 campaign; these reports will be updated as the campaign continues. For more candidate profiles and fact-checking, go to www.politifact.com/2020/ Democratic ca
The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Was Jimmy Carter the last president to call Israeli settlements illegal? During a CNN town hall with Democratic presidential candidate Marianne Williamson, an audience member asked her, "Where do you stand o
The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | U.S. spends 1,000 times more on war than peace, presidential candidate Marianne Williamson says Self-help author and Oprah Winfrey confidante Marianne Williamson is one of the many Democrats running for president
SciCheck Digest The U.S. is seeing an uptick in COVID-19 cases, so it may be prudent for people to wear masks when out in public and take a few extra precautions. But the government is not planning to implement mask mandates or “lockdowns,” des
On June 12 2023, a screenshot of a tweet about a ZipRecruiter “crisis actors” job listing for Miami, Florida was shared to r/WhitePeopleTwitter: Be careful out there folks by u/greentreefer in WhitePeopleTwitter
Quick Take President Joe Biden has said he will seek a second term, and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Marianne Williamson have said they will challenge him for the 2024 Democratic nomination. But social media posts falsely claim that the party
Former U.S. President Donald Trump arrives to address the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Saturday in National Harbor, Maryland. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)Plus: Marianne Williamson launches a second presidential campaign,
On February 22 2023, two Imgur users (and one Redditor) shared screenshots of a tweet about Tennessee Republicans “trying to ban a book about seahorses” because it “normalizes gender fluidity”: But male seahorses can
Gay marriage supporters carried balloons in front of White House to celebrate the Supreme Court decision to allow gay marriage, June 26, 2015. (Photo by Michael S. Williamson/Washington Post/Getty Images)Love can be virtuous, but also used for evil end
Does the presence of "QR code signature mismatch" error codes reported in some Dominion voting machines in Tennessee invalidate Georgia election results? No, that's not true: Experts with whom Lead Stories spoke said there is no connectio
On August 8 2022, an image purportedly showing seven chief executive officers of tobacco companies at a 1994 hearing was shared to Reddit’s r/agedlikemilk (a subreddit for anything that has deteriorated with age instead of improving over time):
Are people who have five inches of fat on their body "bulletproof"? No, that's not true: Body fat may slow a bullet but it does not stop the projectile nor does it render a person "bulletproof." The claim appears in a 13-second reel publi
Amid the latest wave of anti-LGBTQ legislation around the United States, right-wing candidates and social media boards are pushing a separate type of disinformation to gin up concerns that local students are “identifying as cats.” In a rece
An Instagram post shares a picture of a headline which says: “Study of 145 countries finds sharp rise in virus transmission and death AFTER introduction of Covid vaccines”. It is accompanied by a caption which outlines the details of the st
The biggest political story of the last month has been a series of reports on parties allegedly held late last year in Downing Street and Westminster at a time when strict Covid-19 restrictions were in force. Much of the coverage so far has been based
In late August 2021, a September 2018 Facebook post recirculated — purportedly a candid image captured at a gym, depicting a firefighter “on the stair climber in full equipment” ascending 110 floors in memory of the firefighters kille
REVIEW A Facebook ad published on 9 April 2021 claimed that the U.S. government paid out more than $4.5 billion for vaccine injury claims and implied that this is an indication that vaccines are unsafe. The ad was published by Health Choice Connecti
REVIEW The claim that vaccines contain toxic ingredients and make people sick is recurrent among groups opposing vaccination. An iteration of this claim in a Facebook post from chiropractor Patrick Flynn went viral on Facebook in early April 2021, i
Today’s Ruminant features Jonah amid a group of silent watchers, staring at him while on mute in a Zoom meeting as he speaks to himself for an hour in the basement of an undisclosed location. On the docket today: Jonah returns to one of the most
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
“The 16th of March is the day that I came to this House and said that all unnecessary social contact should cease. That is precisely when the lockdown was started.” Matt Hancock MP, 16 July 2020 Matt Hancock, the health and social care se
Did "mass vaccination" for COVID-19 start in Senegal, West Africa, and kill "on the spot" the first seven children who received it? No, that's not true: Senegal's health ministry says there is no truth to this story. Plus, a vaccine for COVID-
Quick Take A popular Instagram post falsely claims “over 1,100 people died from reactions to the [flu] shot” in 2018, and suggests that the immunization gave some children polio. The flu vaccine cannot give anyone polio and there is no evidence to
Did a New York City petition to rename a landfill after President Donald Trump get over three million signatures? No, that's not true: the story was put out by a satirical website and after it went viral many on social media believed or wished
Graham Williamson admitted that he and another man burned the cross to frighten and intimidate African American residents in Seminary, Mississippi, in October 2017.
Summary We flagged false and misleading claims from several candidates: Former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke got it wrong in claiming “no other country comes even close to” the number of gun-violence deaths in the United States. Brazil ha
Here we go again. It’s been a month since Democratic presidential hopefuls last took to the debate stage, but Tuesday night in Detroit 10 candidates again faced off for the first of this two-night event. Health policy issues were a ho
Quick Take A viral post falsely asserts that Republicans are responsible for “passing laws making it legal to run over protesters with your car.” That distorts proposed, but not enacted, legislation in several states offering some protecti
On April 24 2019, a Facebook user shared the following status (archived here), claiming that a Snapchat sex trafficking ring was operating in Lawrence, Massachusetts: So there’s a sex trafficking ring going on in Lawrence Mass. If you get a random p
On February 10 2019, NBC managing editor Dafna Linzer shared the following image and caption (subsequently transcribed) on Twitter: The tweet stated that the “stark photo taken this week in Knoxville tells a very different story about the econo