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
Q: Were Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s daughters arrested for smuggling cocaine into the U.S.? A: No. That story and several spin-offs were intended as satire. FULL QUESTION Were Nancy Pelosi’s daughters really arrested for drug possession? FULL ANSWER
Warning: Do Not Accept Friend Request from John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: Social media users have been warned not to accept a friend request from John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt because “his name will become your na
Giant Florida Cane Spider Attacks House in Photo-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: A photo of what’s described as a real giant Florida cane spider attached to the side of a house has gone viral. The Truth: A doctored photo that appears to show a gia
Q: Did House Speaker Paul Ryan say “22 million Americans choose to be poor, so it’s their own problem if they can’t afford to be healthy”? A: No. That fake quote comes from a satirical news story. FULL QUESTION Did Ryan reall
Don’t Accept Facebook Friend Request From Hacker Jayden K. Smith-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: Posts warning Facebook users not to accept a friend request from Jayden K. Smith because he’s a hacker who will immediately gain access to all y
Delta Airlines Giving Away Free Tickets on Facebook-Scam! Summary of eRumor: Delta Airlines is giving away free tickets on Facebook to people who like and comment on a post, and take part in a brief survey. The Truth: False claims that Delta Airlines i
Q: Is the Federal Reserve putting former President Barack Obama on the $1 bill? A: No. That claim comes from a recycled fake news story. FULL QUESTION Is the Federal Reserve really considering putting Obama on the $1 bill in 2017? I thought persons
In late December, FactCheck.org agreed to help identify and label viral fake news stories flagged by Facebook users. We are one of several organizations that are part of Facebook’s initiative to combat the spread of viral deceptions. We are now inc
As we announced late last year, FactCheck.org is partnering with Facebook on an initiative that allows the social network’s users to report news that they suspect is fake. The announcement came after concerns about the proliferation of fake stori
As part of our efforts to combat fake news, we’ve compiled a list of websites that we know have carried fake or satirical articles. We hope it will serve as a reference for readers who may come across unfamiliar websites. This is not an exhaustiv
Feces Found in Starbucks Iced Coffee Drinks-Truth! & Misleading! Summary of eRumor: A BBC watchdog investigation found fecal bacteria, or feces, in iced coffee drinks from Starbucks, Costa Coffee and Caffe Nero. The Truth: Rumors about an investi
Viral image dating from 2006 purports to show a new Boeing "797" blended-wing airliner.
Q: Did the Supreme Court rule that immigrants living in the U.S. illegally can’t sue anyone if they feel they’ve been mistreated? A: No. That claim was made in a bogus story published on satirical and fake news websites. FULL ANSWER The
Q: Did President Donald Trump sign an executive order that prevents immigrants living in the U.S. without legal permission from receiving welfare? A: No. Some bogus websites have twisted the facts about a draft executive order that Trump has not sign
According to a post that is going viral on social media, popular US fast food restaurant WhataBurger will be closing all its stores as of February 2018. The post No, Whataburger is NOT Closing All Stores By February, 2018 — Prank appeared first
A viral meme describes a promising research project at MIT and Harvard, but so far it has only been tested on the skin of a dead pig.
This claim, like the microchimerism the viral article responsible for it purports to describe, is an incongruous mixture of information whose ultimate purpose remains unclear.
A flower shop’s tweet made the hoax go viral.
Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy Says ‘We Don’t Like Blacks Either’-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: After Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy came out against gay marriage, rumors spread that Dan Cathy said “We don’t like blacks either”
Q: Is President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, Marc Kasowitz, “costing taxpayers $10,000 per hour” for his services during the Russia investigation? A: No. That claim comes from a baseless story on an “entertainment” w
A viral list of dozens of shootings purportedly committed by Democrats is based on faulty, inaccurate, and unsubstantiated claims.
Q: Did Kellyanne Conway say liberal women hate her because of her “striking beauty and intellect”? A: There’s no evidence she did. That claim comes from a website that warns readers to rely on its information “at your own risk.”