A viral meme falsely states that four hurricanes hit the United States on 29 August in various years, prompting spurious claims about this "pattern."
Q: Did President Donald Trump fire 14 Muslim federal judges? A: No. The satirical website that originally published the story describes itself as “your beacon of something you can kinda rely on sometimes but not really.” FULL ANSWER Presi
Viral posts on social media largely accurately describe a change to Texas state law about hurricane insurance — but they lack important context.
The Truth-o-Meter says: Pants on Fire! | There are no sharks swimming in the streets of Houston or anywhere else A viral photo being spread online in the wake of Hurricane Harvey of a shark swimming down a Houston street is actually a hoax that has
Q: Did the Supreme Court rule that President Donald Trump can build a border wall without the approval of Congress? A: No. That story comes from a website that “makes no guarantee that anything you find here will be based at all in reality.̶
A viral Facebook post warned that robbers were using rubber bands on door latches to break into homes, but its validity was questionable.
Q: Did President Donald Trump defend a Confederate flag he hung in the White House? A: No. That was written by a website that “provides a satirical view of current events.” FULL ANSWER A story published by the American Tribune website on Aug. 18
Viral images attempting to sell pyramid-shaped features as evidence of an ancient civilization in Antarctica show nothing but mountains.
Q: Is a Craigslist ad proof that counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally were “paid to make chaos”? A: No. The ad called for “actors and photographers” in Charlotte, North Carolina, not Charlottesville, Virginia, where
A viral Facebook post falsely suggested that it is legal in Texas to use deadly force to stop Confederate statues from being vandalized.
Q: Were the police in Charlottesville, Virginia, told to “stand down” to allow the violent clashes that occurred on Aug. 12? A: The police chief, mayor and city spokeswoman say there is no truth to that claim. Others have criticized what they desc
Q: Is the man who drove his car into a crowd in Charlottesville, Virginia, a Hillary Clinton supporter, and funded by George Soros? A: There is no evidence to support either claim. In fact, the driver is a registered Republican, and his former teacher
Q: Did the man who drove his car into a crowd of counterprotesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, meet with former President Obama in the White House? A: No. A satirical website confuses the driver with the organizer of the rally, who is rumored to hav
Q: Did President Trump cancel funding to build Barack Obama’s presidential library? A: No. That story originated on a satirical news site. All presidential libraries have been constructed using private or non-federal funds. FULL ANSWER On Aug.
Do Not Accept Friend Request From James Woods on Facebook-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: Social media users have been warned not to accept a friend request from James Woods on Facebook because he’s a hacker who can gain access to all of their contac
Bill Clinton Gave North Korea Nuclear Reactors, $2 billion-Mostly Fiction! Summary of eRumor: President Bill Clinton essentially gave North Korea nukes in 1994 by giving them $2 billion and two nuclear reactors. The Truth: Bill Clinton reached an agree
Q: Did NASA confirm that there will be 15 days of darkness on Earth in November? A: No. Variations of that false claim have been circulating since at least 2015. FULL ANSWER On May 29, the website twofeed.org posted a story with the headline “
Getting to Know the Real John McCain by Burma Davis Posey-Commentary! Summary of eRumor: A commentary titled, “Getting to Know the Real John McCain” by Burma Davis Posey began making the rounds in August 2017 after Senator McCain voted agai
Q: Was Malia Obama fired from an internship for smoking marijuana? Was she arrested for buying marijuana in Chicago? A: No. Those spoof stories were made up to troll conservative readers. FULL QUESTION Was Malia Obama fired from a job (or internship
Child Miners Exploited for Electric Car Batteries-Misleading! Summary of eRumor: Reports that child miners in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, some as young as four years old, are forced to mine cobalt needed to make electric car batteries have
Q: Did President Donald Trump collapse while giving a speech in New Jersey? A: No. That story was published by a self-described satirical website. FULL ANSWER A story first published July 30 on ourlandofthefree.com falsely claimed that President Don
A popular viral item describes the duties and obligations of honor guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Q: Did the Obama administration spend $770 million restoring overseas mosques? A: That claim is based on a misleading television news report about a 20-year funding project that ended well before Barack Obama became president. FULL QUESTION Did Obam
Q: Did President Donald Trump ignore a disabled child who tried to shake his hand? A: No. A viral video clip omitted Trump’s earlier interaction with the boy. FULL ANSWER The headline of a July 29 story on washingtonjournal.com says: “Th
NASA has announced a job opening for a planetary protection officer, but viral news reports take significant liberties when describing the nature of the job.
Video Shows What Happens When Lightning Strikes a River-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: A video showing lightning striking a river has left audiences captivated. The Truth: A video explosives being detonated in a river bed was misidentified as a lightn
Q: Did NPR report that a study found “over 25 million Hillary Clinton votes were completely fraudulent,” and that she “actually lost the popular vote”? A: No. That claim was made in a story that conflates a 2012 article about inaccurac
This viral story has its origins in a neighborhood paper, but it is based entirely on the vague comments of two veterinarians and the musings of seemingly random people on the street.
A viral Facebook post claimed that a woman was gravely sickened by flesh-eating bacteria in Myrtle Beach.
Q: Did Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and Rihanna say they feel “unsafe” under President Donald Trump, and “can’t even look at an American flag anymore”? A: No. Those are altered versions of statements made by singer Lana Del
Popcorn Carnival Video Virus Attacking Phones Via WhatsApp-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: WhatsApp users have been warned that a video called “popcorn carnival” or “carnival of popcorn” on WhatsApp has a virus that can destroy user
A viral image purportedly showing a live panda cub seated next to a human being on a China Airlines jet was staged, probably for public relations purposes.
Q: Did a Muslim federal judge rule two parts of sharia law legal? A: No. That only happened in a fake story on a satirical website. FULL ANSWER Sharia is a term for the religious and secular duties, as well as punishments for lawbreaking, based on t
Q: Did Rep. Trey Gowdy end the Russia investigation? A: No. That claim was made in a headline that wasn’t supported by its story. FULL ANSWER The headline of a July 12 story on world-politicus.com says “Trey Gowdy Puts Investigation To R
Electric Cars-Makes You Think: Commentary About Real Cost of Electric Cars-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: Variations of a commentary titled “Electric Cars-Makes You Think” that compare “the real cost” of operating electric vs. ga
Phantom “JAJKET” Item Shows Up on Walmart Receipts, Shoppers Charged $10-Investigation Pending! Summary of eRumor: Facebook posts warn shoppers to watch out for a phantom item that appears on receipts as “jajket 000000000001K”
Q: Were two U.S. senators charged with trying to impeach President Donald Trump under false pretenses? A: No. That story originated on a prolific satire website. FULL ANSWER Two U.S. senators did not go to jail for attempting to “begin impeach
Q: Did former President Barack Obama follow President Donald Trump to the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany? A: No. That claim was made on websites that don’t “make any warranties” about the reliability of their information. FULL QUE
A viral Facebook post described these common lawn ornaments as symbolic aids to escaping slaves on the Underground Railroad, but scant evidence supports that version of history.
A viral Facebook post claimed laundry detergent pods clog drains, but it is unclear whether the issue is widespread.