Baseless Conspiracy Theory Follows Deaths of Haitian President, Other National Leaders

July 14, 2021 /

SciCheck Digest Following the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse, social media posts baselessly suggest that he and other world leaders were killed or died…

Capitol Police Expected to Testify During House Committee’s Probe of Jan. 6 Riot

July 9, 2021 /

Quick Take Members of the Capitol Police will be among the first to testify during the House select committee investigation into the Jan. 6 riot,…

Unsubstantiated Claims Follow Deaths of British and Indian Airline Pilots

July 1, 2021 /

SciCheck Digest Following the deaths of four British Airways pilots and five Air India pilots, social media posts claimed without proof that the pilots died…

Airlines Are Encouraging, Not Banning, Vaccinated Passengers

June 22, 2021 /

SciCheck Digest Airlines are encouraging people who have received a COVID-19 vaccine to fly once again. Yet social media posts falsely claim that airline executives…

Posts Falsely Tie Evangelical Leader to Cannabis Product

June 14, 2021 /

Quick Take A viral Facebook post, which links to a webpage that misrepresents itself as a Fox News report, pushes the false story that evangelical…

Viral Quote About Elections Misattributed to Trey Gowdy

May 27, 2021 /

Quick Take A viral Facebook post falsely attributes claims of widespread voter fraud and “treasonous acts” during the 2020 election to former Rep. Trey Gowdy.…

Posts Distort Testimony of Federal Health Officials on Employee Vaccinations

May 21, 2021 /

SciCheck Digest Federal health officials testified at a Senate committee hearing that about 60% of their employees have been vaccinated against COVID-19 so far. But…

Myth of Ballot Watermarks Flushed Out Again  

May 12, 2021 /

Quick Take An audit of ballots and a forensic audit of voting equipment earlier this year found no problems in the 2020 elections in Maricopa…

Bogus Claims Follow Donation of Kamala Harris’ Children’s Book

April 30, 2021 /

Quick Take A single copy of Vice President Kamala Harris’ children’s book was one of many titles donated to a shelter for immigrant children in…