In a bipartisan meeting with members of Congress, President Donald Trump made false and misleading claims about his predecessors’ actions on gun control legislation and shootings in “gun-free zones.” Trump criticized past presidents
Q: Are the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting actually alive? A: No. That is a claim made by conspiracy theorists who believe the shooting never happened. FULL ANSWER The tragedy that left 17 dead in a Florida high school on Feb. 14
Q: Was Malia Obama arrested for attacking an elderly white woman? Did the arresting police officer mysteriously die? A: No. Those false stories originated on websites that claim to publish satire. FULL ANSWER Former first daughter Malia Obama was not
Barack Obama Trying to Become UN Secretary-General-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: Former President Barack Obama is trying to become the next United Nations secretary-general. The Truth: Despite rumors about Barack Obama trying to become UN Secretary Gener
Military Plans to Confiscate Guns From Private American Citizens-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: The White House has issued formal directives for the military to confiscate guns from private owners from November 7th to December 23rd. The Truth: Outdated (a
Q: Are the students who survived the Florida school shooting really “crisis actors”? A: No. Conspiracy theories have been spreading online to undercut students advocating stricter gun control. FULL QUESTION I’ve seen this floating ar
Maxine Waters Comment About Armed Security Detail and Gun Control-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, a California Democrat, said there’s no reason for anyone to own guns and referred to her armed security detail in a tweet. The
Q: Did Michelle Obama say that the school shooting in Florida was President Donald Trump’s fault? A: No. That claim is circulating on dubious websites. The former first lady hasn’t said anything like that publicly. FULL ANSWER According to
Q: Is the Florida school shooter a registered Democrat? A: No. Nikolas Cruz isn’t even registered to vote. FULL ANSWER Nikolas Jacob Cruz, 19, was arrested on Feb. 14 for a deadly mass shooting at his former high school in Parkland, Florida. Mi
Florida School Shooter Nikolas Cruz is a Registered Democrat-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz is a registered Democrat. The Truth: False claims that Nikolas Cruz is a registered Democrat are based on public voter registra
From the time the shooter entered and left, only six minutes passed. During that brief time, he shot more than two dozen people, 17 fatally.
Florida School Shooter Nikolas Cruz is a Member of Antifa, Resistance Groups-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz is a member of Antifa and has taken part in the “resistance” movement. The Truth: Nikolas Cruz does
President Trump Rolled Back Law Designed to Block Gun Sales to People with Mental Illness-Truth! Summary of eRumor: President Trump ended an Obama-era gun law that required background checks to block the sale of guns to people with mental illnesses. Th
Vice President Mike Pence Defends Disgraced Aid Rob Porter With Bible Verse-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: Vice President Mike Pence defended former White House Aid Rob Porter with a bible verse after two of Porter’s former wives accused him domesti
Melania Trump’s Parents Used Chain Migration to Gain U.S. Citizenship-Unproven! Summary of eRumor: First Lady Melania Trump’s parents used what the White House refers to as “chain migration” to gain U.S. citizenship. The Truth:
Roman Filipov, pilot of a Su-25 jet, ejected after Syrian insurgents shot down his plane and then blew himself up to avoid being captured.
Facebook Limiting Number of Friends Posts That Can Appear in Your Newsfeed-Mostly Fiction! Summary of eRumor: Facebook is limiting the number of friends’ posts that can appear in your news feeds unless you take specific action to stop it. The Tru
Rep. Adam Schiff’s Sister Married George Soros’ Son-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff’s sister is married to George Soros’ son, explaining the California Democrat’s vocal opposition to President Trump. The
Crayola Bathtub Finger Paint Soap Burns Child’s Hands-Unproven! Summary of eRumor: A Facebook post warns that Crayola bathtub finger paint soap burned the skin off a child’s hands. The Truth: Crayola has said that it’s looking into re
Revelers shot off fireworks, drivers beeped their horns and Philadelphians young and old descended on Broad Street.
The right-wing extremist shot and injured six people during a two-hour shooting spree amid an election year characterized by heated anti-immigrant rhetoric.
Joe Kennedy’s Home Surrounded by a Wall, Proving His Hypocrisy-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: After U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy, a Massachusetts Democrat, was critical of President Donald Trump’s border wall and immigration stance, photos supposedly
Nancy Pelosi Scolds Lawmaker for Standing for Trump at State of the Union-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi can bee seen scolding a fellow member of Congress for standing for President Donald Trump during his State of the Union address
Summary President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address was filled with several repeat claims about the economy, tax cuts and immigration that we’ve fact-checked before, as well as new false and misleading statements on auto pla
In a recent interview with the British station ITV, President Donald Trump falsely implied the globe’s ice caps are at “record” high levels. But ice caps generally have been declining worldwide. Trump made his claim in an interview w
Rumors of a dangerous fad known as the "No Lackin Challenge" circulated after a Memphis teenager was accidentally shot in the head.
Mark Zuckerberg Retires from Facebook in 2018-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: Mark Zuckerberg has announced that he’s retiring as president and CEO of Facebook in 2018. The Truth: Mark Zuckerberg has not announced his retirement from Facebook. That r
Clint Eastwood Wins Appeal to Overturn “R” Rating For “The 15:17 to Paris”-Truth! Summary of eRumor: Clint Eastwood successfully appealed to have the rating of his film “The 15:17 to Paris” changed from “R̶
Friends the Movie Coming Out in April 2018-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: A trailer claiming that Friends the movie is coming out in April 2018 has fans feeling nostalgic for the 1990s-era hit sit-com. The Truth: A YouTube channel where fans post “c
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Tweets President Trump Determined to Start War with North Japan-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) tweeted that President Trump is determined to start war with “North Japan” and reference
SUMMARY Many stories were written about climate science in 2017, but were the ones that “went viral” scientifically accurate? To find out, we compiled a list of articles with the most comments, shares, and likes on social networks using data from
Federal Agents Raid Mosque in Michigan, Arrest ISIS Combatants –Fiction! Summary of eRumor: Federal agents raided a mosque outside Dearborn, Michigan, in January 2018 and arrested 11 ISIS combatants. The Truth: A website that describes its conten
Q: Were a dozen or more women found dead in a freezer with “Black Lives Matter” carved in them? A: No. Versions of that false story have been circulating online for almost two years. FULL ANSWER Different versions of an internet hoax that
Essential Oils Are Harmful to Cats and Small Animals –Truth! Summary of eRumor: Essential oils can kill cats and mall animals. Social media posts warn those with cats to avoid certain essential oils. The Truth: Exposure to essential oils can be
Aquafina Bottled Water Doesn’t Freeze in Cold Temperatures-Truth! Summary of eRumor: Aquafina bottled water doesn’t freeze in cold temperatures, leading some to question what’s in it. The Truth: Aquafina bottled water doesn’t fr
Bill and Hillary Clinton’s House Fire Destroys Hard Drives, Servers-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: A fire at Bill and Hillary Clinton’s mansion in Chappaqua, New York, destroyed a room full of hard drivers and servers sought by the FBI. The
Anton Kemaev was touring around the United States when he was shot in the head while sitting in the passenger seat of a car.
Cross Does Not Burn in Southern California Wildfires-Truth! Summary of eRumor: Inspiring images show a cross that did not burn in Southern California wildfires in December 2017. The Truth: Images of a cross that did not burn in Southern California wild
Donald Trump Changes “Obama Highway” Back to to “Old Dixie Highway”-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: Donald Trump has changed “President Obama Highway” back to its original name, “Old Dixie Highway.” The Truth
Photo Shows DACA Recipients Burning American Flag-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: A photo supposedly showing DACA recipients burning an American flag has led some to question why DACA recipients want amnesty in the first place. The Truth: This photo shows