President Donald Trump's administration abruptly reversed course and approved California's application for disaster relief funds to clean up damage from six recent deadly and destructive blazes that have scorched the state, Gov. Gavin Newsom said.
Multiple posts shared repeatedly on Instagram and Facebook in Sri Lanka claim that drinking lots of water or gargling warm water mixed with salt and vinegar can prevent novel coronavirus infection. The claim was shared alongside an image that shows a W
Have other countries proved the U.S. Food and Drug Administration endangered thousands of lives by withdrawing approval of hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for COVID-19? No, that's not true: The findings of clinical studies in the U.S. a
Some experts believe a heretofore unknown photograph captured Abraham Lincoln hours after the nation’s beloved 16th president succumbed to an assassin’s bullet.
Did John Brennan, Jim Comey, James Clapper and 12 others get subpoenaed by the Department of Justice and Attorney General William Barr? No, that's not true. The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee approved subpoena
Do photos of former President Barack Obama and George Clooney with a young girl show them acting inappropriately? No, that's not true: The girl in Obama's lap is the former president's niece and the photo was taken by the White House phot
REVIEW Articles like this one, published on 4 September 2020 on 21st Century Wire, report an outbreak of 13 cases of vaccine-derived polio that began in Sudan in March 2020 and was announced by the Sudan Federal Ministry of Health just one week afte
Is there an "irrefutable paper trail" that shows COVID-19 was manufactured in a laboratory? No, that's not true: Screenshots taken from the rapid-fire display of documents in the video making that claim show only that a number of scientis
After Facebook announced plans Thursday to scale back on political ads and increase voter information ahead of the 2020 elections, fact-checkers offered some additional suggestions for how the tech platform might handle potential misinformation. In a p
Republican ads aimed at Facebook users in Montana make the unsubstantiated claim that Gov. Steve Bullock “steered 14.3 million Montana dollars to his brother’s company.” William Bullock sold his shares in Pioneer Technical Services fo
It would open up a 1.56-million acre swath of land along Alaska's northern Beaufort Sea coast, home to polar bears, caribous, and other wildlife.
In late June, Joe Biden claimed President Donald Trump “wants to cut off money for the post office so they cannot deliver mail-in ballots.” At the time, we wrote that the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee had no evidence of Trump’s
It took six months to get to 10 million cases after the virus first appeared. It took just over six weeks for that number to double.
Are face masks dangerous and deadly, and would a COVID-19 vaccine alter our DNA and be used implant microchips in everyone? No, that's not true. Face masks are proven to be safe, and since there is no current vaccine, it is not p
Does a slowed-down video of the Beirut explosion show an incoming bomb or guided missile, proving it was an attack and not an accident? No, the video does not prove an attack. The blurry, slowed-down version of footage from the e
Quick Take A viral headline on Facebook claims that a vaccine isn’t “Needed” for COVID-19 because “There Is Already A Cure.” But the supposed “cure” is an asthma medication, touted by a Texas doctor, that has not yet b
A letter falsely attributed to the Ohio State Bar Assocation made some questionable claims.
In a series of tweets, President Donald Trump also challenged the credibility of Dr. Anthony Fauci.
An image has been shared repeatedly in multiple posts on Facebook in 2020 alongside a claim it shows a logo approved by India's Supreme Court for teachers to display on their vehicles. The claim is false; in response to the posts, the central governm
Multiple posts shared repeatedly on Facebook and Twitter claim that the World Health Organization (WHO) has approved an Indian student's ginger juice “home remedy” for COVID-19. The claim is false; the WHO's spokesperson for India said the posts
Quick Take Viral posts on Facebook falsely claim the government has approved a second round of coronavirus stimulus payments to everyone who signs up — and that the money will be forthcoming in “5-7 business days.” Congress is conside
We’ve seen claims on social media and from journalists that data from mobile phone companies revealed that 21 million people may have died of Covid-19 in China, far higher than the country’s official estimate of around 4,600. Data on the nu
Multiple Facebook posts and blog posts published in Thai-language claim that consuming baking soda can help increase physical endurance. The claim is false; several health experts warn consuming baking soda could be harmful to human health; the hoa
Is it true that "everyone could test positive" for the novel coronavirus that has ravaged the United States and world? And is it true that hardly anyone has died of the disease COVID-19 caused by the virus? No, neither is true. If you just loo
Does a birth certificate prove that Donald Trump and Ghislaine Maxwell had a son together in 1992? No, that's not true: The purported birth certificate was quickly revealed to be a fake soon after it was posted by an anonymous Twitter account
Claims of a plot by Antifa to attack white suburbs and the Gettysburg National Cemetery have proliferated on Facebook ahead of US Independence Day. Police, however, said they had no evidence that plans for such an attack exist, and a local official sai
Is the COVID-19 pandemic a conspiracy manufactured by "Deep State Democrats" and the "mass media" to disrupt, even rig, the upcoming presidential election in a bid to topple Donald Trump? And did the coronavirus provide the perfect cover for t
The legislation follows months of anti-government protests in Hong Kong that at times descended into violence.
Does typing any three-digit number and the words "new cases" into Google prove that COVID-19 is a hoax? No, that's not true: COVID-19 is a real and deadly pandemic. And the massive volume of coronavirus-related content on the internet, along w
Did Barack Obama's half brother tweet the former president's Kenyan birth certificate, proving that he was born Kenya? No, that's not true: The purported birth certificate names the Republic of Kenya, which did not exist until 1964, which is t
In a viral video, Tatum, who is Black, argues his success in America disproves the reality of white privilege. We looked at his claims.
Quick Take A conspiracy theory on Facebook is falsely claiming that the killing of George Floyd was “filmed before covid19” because “[n]ot a single person is wearing a mask” in the videos. Some of the officers and officials in t
A study shows that a steroid called dexamethasone reduced deaths by up to one third in severely ill hospitalized patients.
Police departments deny lying but acknowledge sometimes making mistakes when releasing information in fast-moving, complicated situations.
A message shared on WhatsApp and Facebook purportedly by a recovering COVID-19 patient in Britain makes several claims on ways people can prevent or treat the novel coronavirus. However, experts and health agencies have refuted most of the claims.
On May 31 2020, a Facebook screenshot of an Instagram post circulated virally, purportedly depicting two white teenagers grinning as they engaged in what was labeled a “George Floyd challenge” — a tasteless recreation of the circum
REVIEW This video, published on 19 May 2020 on Facebook page The HighWire, features an interview between Del Bigtree and Dolores Cahill, a professor at University College Dublin who specializes in proteomics and the chairperson of the Irish Freedom
U.S. regulators on have approved a birth control gel that works in a new way to prevent pregnancy.
President Donald Trump sent the White House scrambling to defend his decision to use a malaria drug against the coronavirus amid medical concerns the unproven treatment could spark misuse of a medication with potentially fatal side effects.