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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…

Video From Biden’s Address to Congress Misleadingly Edited

April 30, 2021 /

Quick Take In his April 28 address to Congress, President Joe Biden said, “No one should have to choose between a job and a paycheck…

Posts Mislead on Words of Alternate Juror in Chauvin Trial

April 23, 2021 /

Quick Take An alternate juror in the trial of Derek Chauvin said she initially had “mixed feelings” about jury duty, because of concerns about “disappointing”…

Posts Falsely Identify Suspect in Fatal Shooting as George Floyd’s Brother

April 14, 2021 /

Quick Take Viral Facebook posts falsely claim Dejywan Floyd — a Black man arrested April 1 in the fatal shooting of a woman in North…

Video Doesn’t Show Buttigieg Staging Bike Ride

April 8, 2021 /

Quick Take A video showing Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg departing the White House on a bike was misrepresented by conservative commentators online, with some claiming…

Unfounded Claims About Colorado Gunman

April 1, 2021 /

Quick Take A social media post is spreading baseless claims that the shooter accused of killing 10 people in Boulder, Colorado, came to the U.S.…

Bogus Claims About Biden’s Treatment of Homeless Veterans

March 26, 2021 /

Quick Take After the Biden administration said it would spend $86 million to temporarily house immigrants at the southern border in hotels, viral posts —…

Three False Claims About the Federal Voting Rights Bill

March 24, 2021 /

Quick Take Claims mischaracterizing a federal voting rights bill have been circulating on social media. The proposed law would not “ban” state voter ID laws,…

Posts Misrepresent Columbia’s Multicultural Graduation Ceremonies

March 22, 2021 /

Quick Take Columbia University will supplement its regular 2021 graduation ceremony with multicultural ceremonies for members of the Latinx, Asian, Black and other student communities…

Capitol Protesters Were Armed With Variety of Weapons

March 10, 2021 /

Quick Take Conservative social media posts misleadingly claim the attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 was not an “armed” insurrection, citing FBI testimony…