A viral Facebook post warned that robbers were using rubber bands on door latches to break into homes, but its validity was questionable.
Q: Did President Donald Trump defend a Confederate flag he hung in the White House? A: No. That was written by a website that “provides a satirical view of current events.” FULL ANSWER A story published by the American Tribune website on Aug. 18
Viral images attempting to sell pyramid-shaped features as evidence of an ancient civilization in Antarctica show nothing but mountains.
Q: Is a Craigslist ad proof that counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally were “paid to make chaos”? A: No. The ad called for “actors and photographers” in Charlotte, North Carolina, not Charlottesville, Virginia, where
A viral Facebook post falsely suggested that it is legal in Texas to use deadly force to stop Confederate statues from being vandalized.
Q: Were the police in Charlottesville, Virginia, told to “stand down” to allow the violent clashes that occurred on Aug. 12? A: The police chief, mayor and city spokeswoman say there is no truth to that claim. Others have criticized what they desc
Q: Is the man who drove his car into a crowd in Charlottesville, Virginia, a Hillary Clinton supporter, and funded by George Soros? A: There is no evidence to support either claim. In fact, the driver is a registered Republican, and his former teacher
Q: Did the man who drove his car into a crowd of counterprotesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, meet with former President Obama in the White House? A: No. A satirical website confuses the driver with the organizer of the rally, who is rumored to hav
Q: Did President Trump cancel funding to build Barack Obama’s presidential library? A: No. That story originated on a satirical news site. All presidential libraries have been constructed using private or non-federal funds. FULL ANSWER On Aug.
Do Not Accept Friend Request From James Woods on Facebook-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: Social media users have been warned not to accept a friend request from James Woods on Facebook because he’s a hacker who can gain access to all of their contac
Bill Clinton Gave North Korea Nuclear Reactors, $2 billion-Mostly Fiction! Summary of eRumor: President Bill Clinton essentially gave North Korea nukes in 1994 by giving them $2 billion and two nuclear reactors. The Truth: Bill Clinton reached an agree
Q: Did NASA confirm that there will be 15 days of darkness on Earth in November? A: No. Variations of that false claim have been circulating since at least 2015. FULL ANSWER On May 29, the website twofeed.org posted a story with the headline “
Getting to Know the Real John McCain by Burma Davis Posey-Commentary! Summary of eRumor: A commentary titled, “Getting to Know the Real John McCain” by Burma Davis Posey began making the rounds in August 2017 after Senator McCain voted agai
Q: Was Malia Obama fired from an internship for smoking marijuana? Was she arrested for buying marijuana in Chicago? A: No. Those spoof stories were made up to troll conservative readers. FULL QUESTION Was Malia Obama fired from a job (or internship
Child Miners Exploited for Electric Car Batteries-Misleading! Summary of eRumor: Reports that child miners in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, some as young as four years old, are forced to mine cobalt needed to make electric car batteries have
Q: Did President Donald Trump collapse while giving a speech in New Jersey? A: No. That story was published by a self-described satirical website. FULL ANSWER A story first published July 30 on ourlandofthefree.com falsely claimed that President Don
A popular viral item describes the duties and obligations of honor guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Q: Did the Obama administration spend $770 million restoring overseas mosques? A: That claim is based on a misleading television news report about a 20-year funding project that ended well before Barack Obama became president. FULL QUESTION Did Obam
Q: Did President Donald Trump ignore a disabled child who tried to shake his hand? A: No. A viral video clip omitted Trump’s earlier interaction with the boy. FULL ANSWER The headline of a July 29 story on washingtonjournal.com says: “Th
NASA has announced a job opening for a planetary protection officer, but viral news reports take significant liberties when describing the nature of the job.
Video Shows What Happens When Lightning Strikes a River-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: A video showing lightning striking a river has left audiences captivated. The Truth: A video explosives being detonated in a river bed was misidentified as a lightn
Q: Did NPR report that a study found “over 25 million Hillary Clinton votes were completely fraudulent,” and that she “actually lost the popular vote”? A: No. That claim was made in a story that conflates a 2012 article about inaccurac
This viral story has its origins in a neighborhood paper, but it is based entirely on the vague comments of two veterinarians and the musings of seemingly random people on the street.
A viral Facebook post claimed that a woman was gravely sickened by flesh-eating bacteria in Myrtle Beach.
Q: Did Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and Rihanna say they feel “unsafe” under President Donald Trump, and “can’t even look at an American flag anymore”? A: No. Those are altered versions of statements made by singer Lana Del
Popcorn Carnival Video Virus Attacking Phones Via WhatsApp-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: WhatsApp users have been warned that a video called “popcorn carnival” or “carnival of popcorn” on WhatsApp has a virus that can destroy user
A viral image purportedly showing a live panda cub seated next to a human being on a China Airlines jet was staged, probably for public relations purposes.
Q: Did a Muslim federal judge rule two parts of sharia law legal? A: No. That only happened in a fake story on a satirical website. FULL ANSWER Sharia is a term for the religious and secular duties, as well as punishments for lawbreaking, based on t
Q: Did Rep. Trey Gowdy end the Russia investigation? A: No. That claim was made in a headline that wasn’t supported by its story. FULL ANSWER The headline of a July 12 story on world-politicus.com says “Trey Gowdy Puts Investigation To R
Electric Cars-Makes You Think: Commentary About Real Cost of Electric Cars-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: Variations of a commentary titled “Electric Cars-Makes You Think” that compare “the real cost” of operating electric vs. ga
Phantom “JAJKET” Item Shows Up on Walmart Receipts, Shoppers Charged $10-Investigation Pending! Summary of eRumor: Facebook posts warn shoppers to watch out for a phantom item that appears on receipts as “jajket 000000000001K”
Q: Were two U.S. senators charged with trying to impeach President Donald Trump under false pretenses? A: No. That story originated on a prolific satire website. FULL ANSWER Two U.S. senators did not go to jail for attempting to “begin impeach
Q: Did former President Barack Obama follow President Donald Trump to the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany? A: No. That claim was made on websites that don’t “make any warranties” about the reliability of their information. FULL QUE
A viral Facebook post described these common lawn ornaments as symbolic aids to escaping slaves on the Underground Railroad, but scant evidence supports that version of history.
A viral Facebook post claimed laundry detergent pods clog drains, but it is unclear whether the issue is widespread.
Get 5,000 Kroger Fuel Points on Social Media-Scam! Summary of eRumor: Facebook users were promised 5,000 Kroger fuel points for liking and sharing a post. The Truth: A fake offer for 5,000 Kroger fuel points that surfaced in July 2017 is nothing mo
Q: Did Indiana legalize marijuana? A: No. That fake story comes from a website that invites visitors to “Create A Prank And Trick All Your Friends!” FULL ANSWER A story on Channel23news.com proclaims that “after 2 and 1/2 years of
CIA Agent Confesses on Death Bead: We Blew Up World Trade Center 7 on 9/11-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: A CIA agent confessed on his death bed that he took part in a U.S. plot to blow up World Trade Center 7, the third building destroyed on 9/11. The
A viral image purportedly showing a young George Soros in a Nazi SS uniform actually depicts an Auschwitz guard named Oskar Groening.
Walmart Coupon: 85% Off Any Purchase to Celebrate Shopping Week-Scam! Summary of eRumor: A Walmart coupon that’s good for 85% off any storewide purchase began circulating on Facebook in July 2017. The Truth: Unfortunately, about a free Walmart c