Q: Does searching an obituary website prove that there were no shooting deaths at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14? A: No. A website falsely suggests that there were no deaths because the victims’ obituaries couldn’t be found on one
Q: Was the first family attacked by a terrorist during the Easter holiday weekend? A: No. That’s a misrepresentation of an act of vandalism at Trump International Golf Club. FULL ANSWER Several of Donald Trump’s properties have been deface
A viral Facebook post fabricates a false backstory to what appears to have been a simple joke by California's former governor.
Q: Was a permit application for the March for Our Lives rally filed “several months” before the event on March 24? A: No. A Washington, D.C., police officer erroneously used that language in an email exchange. Officials say the permits were reques
A viral story based entirely on a misunderstanding falsely insinuates that the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting was staged.
Q: Was David Hogg at home during the February school shooting in Florida? A: No. Hogg recorded videos from inside the school during the shooting and a teacher confirmed that he was there at the time. FULL QUESTION Is this real??? David Hogg Changes
Emma Gonzalez Admits to Bully Parkland Shooter Nikolas Cruz-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: Emma Gonzalez, a survivor of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, admitted to bullying shooter Nikolas Cruz. The Truth: T
David Hogg Was At Home During Parkland School Shooting-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: Rumors that David Hogg was at home at the time of the Feb. 14, 2018, shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School circulated after Hogg became an outspoken advocate
Q: Did Emma Stone say, “America made a great choice with Donald Trump”? A: No. There is no record of the actress ever making that comment, or others attributed to her in the same story. FULL ANSWER In the days following the 2016 election, the actr
Q: Did British agents seize $400 million from the Clinton Foundation? A: No. That claim was made up by a satirical website. FULL ANSWER The Clinton Foundation is a frequent target for conspiracy theories and conspiracy-theory spoofs. A recent example
Q: Is the White House enraged because Barack Obama, and not President Trump, was invited to the upcoming wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle? A: The guest list has not been made public, and there’s no evidence that Obama was invited and Tr
Q: Were 19 people shot at a “March for Our Lives” rally? A: No. A misleading headline, posted on dubious websites, referred to shooting victims elsewhere in Chicago over that weekend. FULL ANSWER On March 24, demonstrators in rallies acros
Q: Is former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s net worth $11 million? A: A questionable website cited that figure, saying it “may or may not be the reality.” McCabe’s spokeswoman says the claim isn’t true, and we found no eviden
A viral video purportedly showing a street performer levitating left many people scratching their heads and wondering: How?
Q: Did an ISIS leader have former President Obama on speed dial? A: No. That story was first shared on a website that calls its work satire. FULL ANSWER When we did a Google search for the name “Asam al Alasam,” the search engine’s first result
Q: Has Nancy Pelosi introduced articles of impeachment for Donald Trump? A: No. The House Democratic leader has repeatedly opposed calls for impeachment. FULL ANSWER Nancy Pelosi, minority leader in the House of Representatives, has maintained her opp
We found no evidence that the actor was responsible for the quote attached to his name in a viral meme.
Q: Is the firm that built the pedestrian bridge that collapsed in Miami “a female-led construction company,” as claimed in some viral stories? A: No. The company is run by six brothers, and 11 of its 92 management employees are females. FULL ANSWE
Q: Did the FBI raid Barack Obama’s Washington D.C. home? A: No. That claim originated in a story on a self-described satirical website. FULL ANSWER Barack and Michelle Obama bought their house in the tony Washington, D.C. neighborhood of Kaloram
A viral hoax managed to trick some people.
Q: Did “two million people leave the food stamp rolls in Trump’s first year”? A: No. That’s the decline in average monthly enrollment in fiscal year 2017, including almost four months when Trump wasn’t president. FULL QUE
Q: Did singer Miley Cyrus accuse President Trump’s fans of “destroying” her career? A: No. There is no record of the singer making such claims. FULL ANSWER In Miley Cyrus’ hit 2013 song “Wrecking Ball,” the pop singer excla
Q: Has California’s governor ordered public schools to use “ARABIC” numerals? A: No. That claim originated on a website that describes itself as satirical. FULL ANSWER Numbers from zero to nine — 0, 1, 2, 3, etc. — are co
Q: Are Coca-Cola and Nestlé preparing to privatize a major South American water source? A: No. The vast Guarani Aquifer is managed by the four countries that sit on top of it. FULL ANSWER One of the world’s largest underground water reserves is
Q: Did a U.S. judge invalidate the results of Pennsylvania’s special election due to “wide-scale voter fraud”? A: No. That’s a fictitious story first posted on a self-described satirical website. FULL ANSWER Many political observer
An image misidentifying a man at a Vietnam War protest as Stephen Hawking went viral after the theoretical physicist's death in March 2018.
Q: Has Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a warrant for the arrest of George Soros? A: No. That rumor has been circulating online for years in various forms. FULL ANSWER It’s true that Russia in 2015 banned two charities run by the billio
Q: Did a federal court order former President Barack Obama to pay “$400 million in restitution”? A: No. Multiple sites have carried the fictitious story. FULL ANSWER Former President Barack Obama would be in a particularly undesirable financial si
The story behind a decades-old letter that went viral in 2018.
Q: Did President Trump sign an executive order giving Rep. Trey Gowdy the “highest level of security clearance”? A: No. That is a months-old fictitious claim that continues to circulate online. FULL ANSWER Some online stories would have readers bel
Virginia Social Worker Storm Durham Fired for Having Concealed Carry Permit-Unproven! Summary of eRumor: A social worker from Roanoke, Virginia, named Storm Durham was fired for having a concealed carry permit. The Truth: Storm Durham claimed in a vira
A viral Facebook post exaggerated efforts to give military veterans affordable and accessible health care.
Q: Did Keanu Reeves say that President Donald Trump is a role model? A: No. That’s a made-up quote that has been attributed to at least two other actors. FULL ANSWER Keanu Reeves doesn’t say much publicly about politics. He has long had a
Q: Is California planning to “automatically register illegal immigrants to vote”? A: No. The headline making that claim is false and misrepresents the law in California. FULL ANSWER It’s true that California has taken considerable steps to prote
Q: Is Ivanka Trump being fired from the White House? A: No. That rumor comes from a headline posted on a group of questionable websites. FULL ANSWER The Trump administration was marked by unusually high staff turnover in its first year — the hig
Q: Did FactCheck.org expose Snopes.com as an “extremely liberal propaganda site”? A: No. That false claim was made in a meme circulating online. FULL QUESTION A Facebook post states that your org found that snopes was biased in favor of li
Deadly Klebsiella Plague from China Poses Public Health Threat to U.S.-Mostly Fiction! Summary of eRumor: The deadly Klebsiella plague from China is coming to the United States, and citizens have been warned to take action. The Truth: Chinese rese
Q: Did Georgia “ban Muslim culture”? A: No. A headline making that claim is based on a proposed state bill that never became law. FULL ANSWER The Georgia legislature passed an anti-masking law in 1951 in order to subdue widespread intimida
A web site that publishes viral content accurately recounts the terrible story of Katie Flynn's death in 2005.
Viral warnings about "extreme hackers" stealing information via popular entertainment apps on Facebook are false and misleading.