Viewing Category: Debunking False Stories

CBS News Didn’t Misrepresent Trump Gathering as a Biden Event

September 17, 2020 /

Quick Take Social media posts are using an image of a CBS News report to accuse the network of misrepresenting a campaign event for President…

Viral Post Falsely Attributed to Golfer Bubba Watson

September 16, 2020 /

Quick Take A viral post falsely attributed to PGA star Bubba Watson criticizes the Black Lives Matter movement and measures taken to mitigate the spread…

Vice Presidential Vacancy Isn’t Automatically Filled by House Speaker

September 14, 2020 /

Quick Take A viral Facebook post wrongly suggests that if Joe Biden were to become president and later step down, Nancy Pelosi would become vice…

Baseless Claim Turns Fake IDs Story into Voter Fraud Tale

September 11, 2020 /

Quick Take A claim being shared on Facebook distorts the facts about fake IDs seized in a Chicago airport this year, baselessly claiming the phony…

Police: Political Activists Didn’t Cause Oregon’s Wildfires

September 11, 2020 /

Quick Take Rumors have spread across social media, claiming that the wildfires in Oregon were set by political activists. Law enforcement agencies have refuted those…

D.C. Mayor Did Not Propose Removal of Federal Monuments

September 10, 2020 /

Quick Take A Facebook post falsely claims that Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser “proposed using her power to remove” the Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial…

Inaccurate Story About Trump Supporter Spreads Again

September 9, 2020 /

Quick Take A viral meme falsely claims to show President Donald Trump touching the face of a “veteran wounded so badly that he had no…

Politicians Have Died of COVID-19

September 9, 2020 /

Quick Take A meme circulating on Facebook falsely claims, “Not one politician has died from the virus.” Actually, at least five current or former politicians…

California Bill Doesn’t Make Pedophilia ‘Legal’

September 4, 2020 /

Quick Take Contrary to QAnon-fueled claims that a California bill would legalize pedophilia, the bill would actually standardize the rules about who is required to…

Jill Biden Didn’t Propose All Americans Be ‘Required to Learn Spanish’

September 3, 2020 /

Quick Take Jill Biden hasn’t said that all Americans will be “required” to learn Spanish if her husband wins the 2020 presidential election, contrary to…