Viewing Category: Debunking False Stories

Baseless Conspiracy Theory Targets Another Election Technology Company

November 25, 2020 /

Quick Take An unfounded conspiracy theory of widespread election fraud claims that an election technology company called Smartmatic switched votes in the 2020 election. But…

Meme Misrepresents Old Inauguration Photo

November 24, 2020 /

Quick Take A popular meme on Facebook falsely purports to show a photo of Joe “Biden’s Inaugural stage” being built outside the White House. The…

Website Concocts False Story of Soros Arrest

November 23, 2020 /

Quick Take A bogus social media story uses a doctored image of an indictment to falsely claim George Soros has been arrested in the U.S.…

Meme Distorts Facts on Annual Death Statistics

November 20, 2020 /

Quick Take An image circulating on social media erroneously claims that the total number of deaths in the U.S. this year is significantly down compared…

Bogus Report Claims Philly Mob Boss Stuffed Ballot Boxes

November 20, 2020 /

Quick Take A dubious website claims without evidence that Philadelphia mob boss Joseph “Skinny Joey” Merlino stuffed ballot boxes for Joe Biden and the Democrats…

U.S. Army Didn’t Seize Election Servers in Germany

November 19, 2020 /

Quick Take A congressman and conservative news outlets are spreading the baseless claim that the U.S. Army seized an election software company’s server in Frankfurt,…

Biden Adviser Didn’t Propose Requiring COVID-19 Vaccine for Food Stamps

November 18, 2020 /

Quick Take A report from two dozen experts — including a doctor named to President-elect Joe Biden’s COVID-19 advisory board — recommended using existing social…

Fabricated Claim of Biden Campaign Official’s Arrest

November 17, 2020 /

Quick Take A viral tale on social media falsely claims that a campaign official for President-elect Joe Biden was arrested in an illegal ballot-harvesting scheme…

Bogus Theory Claims Supercomputer Switched Votes in Election

November 13, 2020 /

Quick Take A baseless conspiracy theory claims that a secret supercomputer was used to switch votes from Donald Trump to Joe Biden. Experts — and…

Biden Did Not Invent the ‘Office of President-Elect’

November 13, 2020 /

Quick Take Social media posts falsely claim that former Vice President Joe Biden “invented the Office of President-elect.” Donald Trump and Barack Obama also used…