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U.S. Is Sending Aid to Independent Groups in Afghanistan, Not the Taliban

October 20, 2021 /

Quick Take The U.S. is providing humanitarian aid through several independent organizations in Afghanistan, but not through the Taliban government. Yet an online article falsely…

Infrastructure Bill Proposes Voluntary Pilot Program for Per-Mile Vehicle Fee, Not ‘Driving Tax’

October 13, 2021 /

Quick Take A Senate-approved $1 trillion infrastructure bill would create a voluntary pilot program aimed at studying per-mile user fees for motor vehicles to fund…

Posts Spread Baseless Claims About Cause of Cargo Ship Backups

October 6, 2021 /

Quick Take U.S. ports slowed by pandemic-induced labor and equipment shortages cannot keep up with Americans’ demand for imported goods, resulting in cargo ship backups on both…

Facebook Posts Distort Robert E. Lee’s Actions and Views on Slavery

September 29, 2021 /

Quick Take A statue commemorating Gen. Robert E. Lee was taken down in Richmond, Virginia, on Sept. 8. Days after the statue was removed, Facebook…

Meme Misattributes Quote on Afghanistan to Trump

September 3, 2021 /

Quick Take A viral meme falsely claims that former President Donald Trump suggested that the chaotic U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan was an orchestrated distraction by…

Social Media Posts Draw Unsupported Conclusion on Afghan Helicopter Video

September 2, 2021 /

Quick Take Afghan journalists report that a video of a person suspended from a helicopter shows an operation in which the person was trying to…

Biden Issued Proclamation to Fly Flags at Half-Staff

August 27, 2021 /

Quick Take President Joe Biden issued a proclamation honoring those who died in the attack at the Kabul airport Aug. 26 and calling for flags…

Exposing the Holes in a California Recall Election Conspiracy Theory

August 26, 2021 /

Quick Take Videos on social media suggest that holes in the return envelopes being used for mail-in ballots in California were designed to allow election…

Instagram Post Wrong on U.S. Casualties in Afghanistan

August 25, 2021 /

Quick Take Eleven American military members were killed in Afghanistan in 2020, including four in combat. But, as the U.S. nears its Aug. 31 deadline…

Malala Yousafzai Has Responded to Taliban Takeover, Plight of ‘My Afghan Sisters’

August 20, 2021 /

Quick Take Malala Yousafzai has expressed deep concerns for women and children in Afghanistan since the Taliban entered the country’s capital on Aug. 15. Yet…