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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,…

Meme Trumpets Falsehood About Delta Variant

July 9, 2021 /

SciCheck Digest The delta variant of the virus that causes COVID-19 spreads more quickly than the original virus and has been classified as a “variant…

Posts Falsely Accuse U.S. Women’s Soccer Team of Disrespecting Veteran During Anthem

July 8, 2021 /

Quick Take Before a July 5 match against Mexico, some members of the U.S. women’s soccer team turned toward the flag while a World War…

Spoof Video Furthers Microchip Conspiracy Theory

July 2, 2021 /

SciCheck Digest A list of the ingredients used in COVID-19 vaccines is publicly available, and the ingredients don’t include microchips. Yet claims advancing conspiracy theories…

Facebook Post Misleads on H.R. 1’s Proposal on Voter Rolls

July 2, 2021 /

Quick Take Democrats say their bill, H.R. 1, the For the People Act, would expand voter access in federal elections. But a Facebook post falsely…

Social Media Post Spreads Bogus Claims About Denzel Washington’s Political Leanings

June 28, 2021 /

Quick Take A post circulating on social media falsely claims actor Denzel Washington said he’s “had it” with the Democratic Party’s “lies” and now supports…

Social Media Posts Mislead on Harris Border Trip

June 25, 2021 /

Quick Take Some popular online posts suggest that Vice President Kamala Harris’ trip to El Paso is “over 1000 miles away” from the “border crisis.”…

Conservative Outlets Advance Unfounded Theory About Capitol Attack

June 18, 2021 /

Quick Take There is no evidence that “unindicted co-conspirators” mentioned in federal indictments related to the Jan. 6 Capitol attack are undercover FBI agents or…

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…

Facebook Post Misleads on Bipartisan Capitol Attack Report and Interview

June 10, 2021 /

Quick Take On June 8, a bipartisan group of senators released a report on the security and intelligence failures related to the Jan. 6 attack…