A YouTube channel posts weekly horror stories, one of which was mistaken for a real event.
Q: Have scientists confirmed that e-cigarettes cause an incurable respiratory disease called “popcorn lung”? A: No. The vapor of some e-cigarettes contains a chemical associated with popcorn lung, but there’s not enough evidence
“Voter turnout in 2016 was reduced by approx. 200,000 votes because of WI’s photo ID laws.” — Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), post on Twitter, May 17, 2017 “Look, in Kansas, for example, we put our photo ID law in place in 20
The Washington Post is reporting that the FBI is investigating meetings that Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, had in December 2016, with Russian officials.
President Trump Reinstates Peace Officers’ Memorial Day-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: President Donald Trump has reinstated a national day of remembrance for peace officers who were killed in the line of duty after President Obama canceled it. The
President Trump is Showing Signs of Dementia –Unproven! Summary of eRumor: Claims that President Trump is exhibiting signs of dementia in his speech and actions began circulating on social media in May 2017. The Truth: There’s no hard evi
Q: Does NASA pay $18,000 for people to stay in bed and smoke weed for 70 straight days? A: No. NASA conducts bed-rest studies, but it does not allow participants to smoke marijuana or even drink alcohol. FULL ANSWER Facebook users flagged a story wit
“Just arrived in Italy for the G7. Trip has been very successful. We made and saved the USA many billions of dollars and millions of jobs.” — President Trump, in a tweet, May 26 All presidents like to claim their foreign trave
The new Congressional Budget Office report on the American Health Care Act, the House GOP replacement for Obamacare, demonstrates how difficult it is to craft a complex law that affects one-sixth of the U.S. economy. There are many variable
The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Did Obamacare premiums double in most states this year? No The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office says the House-passed Republican health care bill would leave 23 million more Americans without insurance by 2026
Taco Bell Files For Bankruptcy, Closing All Restaurants –Fiction! Summary of eRumor: Taco Bell has filed for bankruptcy and will close all Taco Bell locations in 2017 and 2018. The Truth: A website that encourages users to “prank” f
In the 1930s, doctored postcards featuring giant grasshoppers sold "like hotcakes."
Ariana Grande Said “Islam is Love” at Clinton Campaign Rally-Unproven! Summary of eRumor: Singer Ariana Grande said “Islam is love” during a campaign rally for Hillary Clinton in 2016, a remark that resurfaced after ISIS claime
Vice President Mike Pence went too far in claiming that a new report showed that “the average premium across this country has actually doubled under Obamacare.” The report, from the Department of Health and Human Services, focuses only on
I was surprised, then, when the next thing she said was that abortion increases a woman’s risk of breast cancer. The National Cancer Institute, the American Cancer Society and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists have
Please watch the Fact Checker’s video explanation of how health-care premiums will increase over the next decade under either the Affordable Care Act or the House GOP replacement, the American Health Care Act. For more information, pl
Climate Feedback has received accreditation by the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) at The Poynter Institute. Climate Feedback is the first and only accredited organization pioneering a community approach to “fact-checking”: crowdsourcing
Trisodium Phosphate Lurks in Lucky Charms, General Mills Cereal-Truth! & Misleading! Summary of eRumor: Trisodium Phosphate, also known as TSP and paint thinner, can be found in Lucky Charms and other General Mills cereals, jeopardizing the heal
Disgraced Senator Chuck Schumer Announces Retirement- Fiction! Summary of eRumor: New York Senator Chuck Schumer resigned in disgrace after learning that the White House has enough dirt on Schumer to ruin his marriage and to send him to prison. The
Ariana Grande Said She Hates America, Disrespects Flag- Truth! & Fiction! Summary of eRumor: Singer Ariana Grande has said that she hates Americans and can be seen disrespecting the American flag in a picture. The Truth: Ariana Grande was caught
A Facebook post created using a "prank" web site fooled many into believing that internet star April the Giraffe's calf had died.
A Mexican news site posted a satirical story saying that the U.S. President had offered asylum to a Russian white supremacist living in Cancún.
How does President Donald Trump’s proposed budget reach a balance in 10 years, as the administration says it will? With 3 percent economic growth, says Mick Mulvaney, director of the White House Office of Management and Budget. How does Trump pla
Q: Did Hollywood celebrities threaten to strike until President Donald Trump resigns? A: No. That story was made up by a “HYBRID site of news and satire.” FULL QUESTION Are eminent Hollywood celebrities preparing for a massive strike in
“As a mom, rising health care costs are a big concern. My family lost our insurance and doctor because of the Affordable Care Act. But now, we have hope.” — California resident Elizabeth Jacinto, in an ad sponsored by the American Act
On May 22, 2017, Fox News published an opinion piece by Senator Rand Paul arguing that the United States should withdraw from the Paris Agreement. Sen. Rand Paul’s opinion relies on the claim that the Paris Agreement would achieve little in the way o
Various messages circulating on Facebook advise users to never click on bit.ly links because they all point to viruses, rogue applications or malicious websites. The post Inaccurate Warnings Claim ALL ‘bit.ly’ Links Are Suspect and Should
A viral Facebook post with pictures stolen from various sources doesn't provide any specifics about a supposed new type of tick.
Dropping the Hammer on James Comey- Commentary! Summary of eRumor: A commentary titled “Dropping the Hammer on Comey” has appeared in forwarded emails and on social media. The Truth: The widely circulated “Dropping the Hammer on Co
How to make sense of Michael Flynn's contradictions? He was one of the most distinguished military intelligence officers in a generation. Now he’s the shortest-lived national security adviser in American history after loose-lipped talk with t
The Fact Checker earlier produced a timeline on the firing of Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser. Now that story has merged with President Trump’s firing of FBI director James B. Comey. Below is a new timeline, incorp
Newt Gingrich claimed that a Democratic National Committee staffer “apparently was assassinated” after “having given WikiLeaks something like … 53,000 [DNC] emails and 17,000 attachments.” But there’s no evidence for his claim.
The murdered DNC staffer's parents posted a video to the family's GoFundMe page a month ago thanking people who donated — not those who spread the baseless rumor.
An experienced attorney's blog post has caused widespread concern.
“I don’t know who the people are that would put us into a NAFTA, which was so one-sided. … Wilbur [Ross, the secretary of commerce] will tell you that, you know, like, at the court in Canada, we always lose. Well, the judges are three
Circulating message claims that, at around 40 years of age, eagles go through a painful 5-month process of rebirth in which they remove and regrow their beak, talons and feathers thereby allowing them to live another 30 years. The post Rebirth Of The E
Customers of UK bank Barclays should watch for a scam email that claims that they have new secure documents in their Cloud It. The post Barclays ‘New Secure Document’ Phishing Scam appeared first on Hoax-Slayer.
Social media message claims that an attached photograph depicts the world's largest tortoise being transported along a roadway strapped to the bed of a large truck. The post Hoax – Picture of ‘World’s Largest Tortoise’ appeared
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A recent viral Facebook post isn't the first to cause concern about the product.