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
Malia Obama Fired from Internship at Spanish Embassy-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: President Obama’s daughter, Malia Obama, was fired from a cushy internship at the U.S. Embassy in Spain. The Truth: Malia Obama interned at the U.S. Embassy in Spa
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
Email, which purports to be from the "UK Lottery Organization" claims that you have won $4,600,000 in the "Free Ticket/Online Lottery Awareness Program. The post ‘Online Lottery Awareness Program’ Advance Fee Scam Email appeared first on H
President Donald Trump is once again grossly exaggerating the success of his efforts to deport members of the MS-13, a gang founded by El Salvadoran immigrants. This time he claims that his administration has removed “pretty much” half of the gang
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Paul Ryan wrong that most of the 22 million uninsured would be uninsured by choice One of the strongest complaints about the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, is it requires everyone to have i
Mitch McConnell Had Polio, Government Healthcare Saved His Life-Mostly Fiction! Summary of eRumor: Claims that Senator Mitch McConnell had polio as a child and free government healthcare saved his life began making the rounds as McConnell led Senate
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”
President Donald Trump is claiming to have spurred homebuilding, freed farmers from regulations that stopped them from plowing and secured a historic increase in military spending _ but an AP Fact Check finds that none of it's true.
Clinton Estate a Crime Scene, Steel Barrel Graves Found-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: Dead bodies have been found in “steel barrel graves” at the Clinton estate, and Bill and Hillary Clinton are under criminal investigation. The Truth: A webs
President Donald Trump’s campaign-style rally speech Wednesday in Iowa bounced among topics like jobs, taxes, health insurance and the Paris climate agreement. Trump’s event in Cedar Rapids was his first in the state since his 2016 victory,
Q: Did President Donald Trump send Barack Obama a bill for his “vacation scam”? A: No. That bogus claim comes from a “satirical publication.” FULL QUESTION Did President Trump send the Obamas a bill for their vacation trip, etc.? FULL ANSWER P
President Donald Trump went on a tweetstorm about the Russia investigation. He accused his vanquished rival Hillary Clinton of obstruction of justice (without any evidence) and blamed others for his firing of FBI Director James Comey (even though Trump
Q: Did Sen. Chuck Schumer resign? Was Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired? Are the Clintons divorcing? Is Monica Lewinsky dead? A: No. Each claim was made by the same website that writes “fiction as fact.” FULL ANSWER Sen. Chuck Schumer
EXPLAINER A June 12th Winnipeg Free Press story titled “U of M climate change study postponed due to climate change” describes a climate study delayed by unusual sea ice conditions around Newfoundland that necessitated the reassignment of
Veggies named 'zesty ginger-turmeric sweet potatoes' proved more popular than those described as 'low-fat,' 'reduced-sodium' or 'sugar-free.'
Online offers for free ALDI grocery coupons are not legitimate.
Rallies against Islamic law have drawn larger counter-rallies in some U.S. cities. Hundreds of counter-protesters marched through Seattle on Saturday to confront a few dozen people claiming Shariah is incompatible with Western freedoms.
After former FBI Director James Comey testified about his private conversations with President Donald Trump regarding the agency’s Russia investigation, the president’s lawyer gave a brief statement that contained inaccurate and disputed cl
According to a post currently being shared on Facebook, supermarket chain Safeway is giving free $75 coupons to EVERYONE as a means of celebrating its 50th anniversary. The post ‘$75 Safeway Coupon’ Survey Scam Hitting Facebook appeared fir
President Trump Ends President Obama’s Vacation Scam, Sends Bill-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: President Trump has ended President’s Obama’s “vacation scam,” in which the former president planned to bill taxpayers for bil
SCIENTISTS’ FEEDBACK SUMMARY This article at Breitbart argues that World Health Organization rankings of particulate matter air quality show that the United States is not one of the biggest polluters in the context of the Paris Agreement. Scie
In the wake of another terrorist attack in Britain, President Donald Trump fired off several tweets about the need for his court-blocked travel ban, contradicting statements from members of his own administration and distorting the facts in the process
Monica Lewinksy Found Dead, Murdered in Attempted Burglary-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: Monica Lewinsky has been found dead in what appears to be an attempted burglary, which suspiciously happened after she ended an affair with President Bill Clinton.
On June 1, US President Donald Trump announced his intent to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement. In his remarks, he misrepresented the agreement itself as well as the economic and climatic effects of the greenhouse gas emissions reduct
SCIENTISTS’ FEEDBACK SUMMARY In an op-ed published by CNN, US Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) argues for a US withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, an international agreement with the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to limit global warming. S
Tens of thousands of science teachers in the US have recently received an unsolicited booklet titled “Why Scientists Disagree about Global Warming”, which looks like a scientific report. It was published by the Heartland Institute (self-described a
Secret Service Investigating Kathy Griffin for Trump Beheading Photoshoot –Truth! Summary of eRumor: The Secret Service is investigating comedian Kathy Griffin for performing a mock beheading of President Trump and posing with a replica of Trum
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
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
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
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
Toby Keith played a free concert in Riyadh, which was open to men only.
Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price made two claims about opioid addiction that are contradicted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, which is part of the department Price heads. Price made his claims on May 9 while in West Virginia, t
Q: Did President Trump sign an executive order making it legal to hunt bald eagles? A: No. That bogus story was published by a fake news website. FULL QUESTION Did Trump OK hunting bald eagles? FULL ANSWER Don’t be fooled by the “AP”
Poor reporting and a sensationalized title led some to believe that "adorable drug kingpin" Sarah Furay was let off scot-free due to her father's connections with the Drug Enforcement Agency.
Former President Barack Obama falsely claimed that Let’s Move, an initiative of former First Lady Michelle Obama, “helped bring down America’s obesity rates for our youngest kids for the first time in 30 years.” In fact, research
Q: Are sexual assault and rape preexisting conditions under the GOP health bill? A: No. The bill doesn’t identify any preexisting conditions, and it says insurers can’t deny coverage to individuals who have them. But insurers could charge mor
Q: Was Michelle Obama’s mother, Marian Robinson, charged with larceny and fraud? A: No. That false claim piggybacks on a fake news story that we already wrote about. FULL QUESTION Has Marian Robinson, Barack Obama’s mother-in-law, been charg