As violence escalated in Gaza in May 2021, multiple online posts shared a video that they claimed shows Palestinians staging a fake funeral in Gaza in a bid to gain world sympathy. The claim is false: the video has circulated online since March 2020
Did Michigan authorize a full forensic audit of the 2020 presidential election? No, that's not true: No new audits are planned, a spokeswoman for the Michigan secretary of state told Lead Stories on May 11, 2021. Since the election, more
An image of former US President Donald Trump with US attorney Lin Wood in the Oval Office has been shared in multiple Facebook posts alongside a claim it shows them meeting at the White House in April 2021. The claim is false: the image dates back to
Data wasn't yet available to definitively answer the question — but the number was certainly possible.
Was the phrase "How To Hit A Woman So No One Knows" Googled 163 million times during 2020 as reported in an article in The Journal of General Psychology and subsequent articles about those findings? No, that's not true: The author of the
Social media posts shared thousands of times question the merits of US President Joe Biden’s “$4 trillion jobs plan” by claiming unemployment was the lowest in history a year ago, when Donald Trump was in office. This is inaccurate; the plan is p
An April 2021 TikTok video purported to show the large letters and numbers in the grass in front of the family's reality TV show home.
A misleading graphic about Nigeria's global terrorism ranking, which AFP Fact Check debunked in 2020, is again causing a stir on social media. The graphic, released last September by a Nigerian TV station, showed that the nation placed third on an ind
An image has been shared thousands of times on Facebook, Twitter and news reports alongside a claim that it shows Indonesian sailors praying on a submarine before it sank in April 2021. The claim is false: the image has circulated in reports since at l
The former president's remarks were captured at a $2,900 per person fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago.
Multiple Facebook posts have shared an aerial image of containers spelling out THANK YOU alongside a claim that trafficked children were rescued from the Ever Given, a container vessel that got stuck in Egypt’s Suez Canal for almost one week in Mar
A researcher looking into the trend said the purported findings shocked her.
A video has been viewed tens of thousands of times in multiple Facebook, Twitter and Weibo posts that claim it shows victims of India’s second Covid-19 wave in 2021. The claim is false: the video actually shows victims of a gas leak in an industr
Census workers braved natural disasters and the COVID-19 pandemic to complete the count.
A video of a firefight has been circulating on social media alongside a claim that it was filmed at the presidential palace in Chad on the evening that President Idriss Déby’s death was announced. However, this video was filmed in Iraq in 2020 durin
A Facebook post with photos of large fires in a city purports to show the aftermath of a recent bombing in Gaza City. This is misleading. While there was indeed a bombing in April 2021, the pictures show older events.
Does Mike Lindell's "Absolute Interference" video, his third that purports to prove 2020 election fraud, contain only proven statements? No, that's not true: It contradicts itself and recycles claims that have been debunked before, relyin
The high court directed a lower court to dismiss the case as moot.
On April 14 2021, Imgur user ButtBot9900 shared a screenshot of a tweet by an account called @LAPDParody, which claimed there were only “18 days in 2020” where American police officers “didn’t kill anyone at all.” No date
Does the fact that flu cases plummeted during the pandemic raise questions about infection statistics? No, that's not true: A post suggesting it should relies on misleading stats. It makes an apples-to-oranges comparison by considering la
Facebook, Instagram and TikTok posts circulating in April 2021 share a video they claim shows French police throwing their handcuffs to the ground to protest coronavirus lockdowns. The claim is false: the footage actually shows officers protesting
Does a video featuring Michael Flynn and Thomas McInerney contain only factual and proven statements? No, that's not true: The video recycles, without repairing, multiple false claims about COVID-19 and the 2020 election that have already
A photo of a protest has been shared repeatedly in multiple Facebook and Twitter posts alongside a caption about Bangladeshi Muslims protesting against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Dhaka in March 2021. The photo, however, has be
Three photos have been shared thousands of times in multiple posts on Facebook and Twitter alongside a claim they show an air strike near the Thai-Myanmar border in March 2021. The images surfaced after the Myanmar military launched attacks in eastern
Was 2010 census data used to cast fraudulent votes of dead voters and those who had changed addresses in a nationwide hack of the 2020 election? No, that's not true. By law, 2010 census data at the individual name level will not be availa
There were 58 motions for cloture between 1917 and 1970. In 2020, there were only 118, which is about twice as 58, and not five times more.
Dominion argues that Fox News, which amplified inaccurate assertions that Dominion altered votes, “sold a false story of election fraud in order to serve its own commercial purposes, severely injuring Dominion in the process,” according to a copy o
A photo has been shared in multiple Facebook posts alongside claims it shows food couriers crowding up to receive orders at a popular restaurant chain in Thailand despite a call to boycott by Thai opposition MP and anti-government Twitter users in Marc
Photos have been circulating on social media in Kenya with the claim that the images show security officers stationed at the Lee Funeral Home in Nairobi on March 19, 2021. Some speculated that the heightened security indicated that a prominent official
Three photos have been shared hundreds of times on Facebook alongside a claim that they show a Myanmar military helicopter that was shot down in March 2021 by the Karen National Union and the Kachin Independence Army, two armed ethic groups in Myanmar.
Did Tom Hanks die of coronavirus in March of 2020? Or, were reports of his 'death' last year just a code to let certain people know that he had been indicted? Was Hanks then executed in May of 2020? Has the public been tricked with comput
A photo of corpses has been shared hundreds of times in multiple posts on Twitter and a discussion forum alongside a claim that it shows anti-coup demonstrators who were killed by Myanmar’s military. The claim is false; the photo has circulated seve
Photos of a boy covered in bruises have been shared thousands of times on Facebook and Twitter alongside a claim that he is the Muslim boy who was beaten for allegedly drinking tap water inside a Hindu temple in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh in Mar
Did 9,000 "illegals" enter the United States in all of 2020 versus 108,000 in the first three months of 2021? No, that's not true: The Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection confirmed to Lead Stories the agenc
Facebook posts shared thousands of times claim only 9,000 migrants illegally passed through the United States border in 2020 during the administration of former Donald Trump, while more than 100,000 have entered the country unlawfully under President
According to a report by the Anti-Defamation League, there were nearly double the instances of hateful physical media in 2020 as there was in 2019.
Two photos have been shared hundreds of times in multiple posts on Facebook alongside claims they show Chinese-owned factories in Myanmar being burned by anti-coup protesters. The claim, however, is false; the first photo shows a factory being set abla
On March 11 2021, the Facebook page “Memes to Radicalize Your Friends” shared an undated screenshot of a tweet by @katmauvearts, which contained the claim that banks collected had collected a total of $30 billion in overdraft fees from Amer
In early December 2020, Full Fact co-hosted with Facebook a virtual conference titled ‘Addressing Health Misinformation: Lessons from 2020’. This event brought together representatives from industry, academia, media, healthcare and governme