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Posts Misrepresent Rescue of Crew from Ship Attacked by Houthis

Posts Misrepresent Rescue of Crew from Ship Attacked by Houthis

A missile fired by Yemen's Houthi militants damaged a British-owned cargo ship on the Red Sea on Feb. 18 and forced its crew to evacuate. Some social media posts falsely claimed the Houthis "made sure to rescue" the 24-member crew. U.S. Central Command said the crew was rescued by a "coalition warship along with another merchant vessel."

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Breaking Down the Immigration Figures

Breaking Down the Immigration Figures

Encounters on the southern border of those trying to enter the U.S. without authorization have gone up significantly under President Joe Biden. Government statistics show that in the initial processing of millions of encounters, 2.5 million people have been released into the U.S. and 2.8 million have been removed or expelled.

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Study Largely Confirms Known, Rare COVID-19 Vaccine Side Effects

Study Largely Confirms Known, Rare COVID-19 Vaccine Side Effects

An international study of around 99 million people confirmed known serious side effects of COVID-19 vaccination. It also identified a possible relationship between the first dose of the Moderna vaccine and a small risk of a neurological condition. Social media posts about the study left out information on the vaccines' benefits and the rarity of the side effects.

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Posts Mislead About COVID-19 Vaccine Safety With Out-of-Context Clip of FDA Official

Posts Mislead About COVID-19 Vaccine Safety With Out-of-Context Clip of FDA Official

Given the extra scrutiny and large number of doses, reports of possible side effects to a vaccine safety monitoring system increased with the COVID-19 vaccines. The high number of reports does not mean the vaccines are unsafe, contrary to suggestions made by posts sharing a clip of a Food and Drug Administration official acknowledging the surge.

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Posts Use Bogus Document to Falsely Claim Zelenskyy Plans Move to Florida

Posts Use Bogus Document to Falsely Claim Zelenskyy Plans Move to Florida

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has traveled throughout the world seeking support for Ukraine's effort to resist Russia's invasion, but he has always returned to his war-torn country. Some social media posts -- showing a fake naturalization document -- falsely claim preparations are underway to bring him to the United States.

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Trump Repeats Many Claims in Fox News Town Hall

Trump Repeats Many Claims in Fox News Town Hall

In a Feb. 20 town hall in South Carolina that aired on Fox News, days before the state's Republican primary, former President Donald Trump repeated several false and misleading claims we've fact-checked before.

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Trump Ad Misleads on Haley Opposition to Trump Border Policies

Trump Ad Misleads on Haley Opposition to Trump Border Policies

A new campaign ad from former President Donald Trump makes two misleading claims about Nikki Haley's opposition to border policies championed by Trump.

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IRS Has Not Introduced Immigrant Housing Tax Incentive, Contrary to Posts

IRS Has Not Introduced Immigrant Housing Tax Incentive, Contrary to Posts

The IRS has not introduced a tax incentive for U.S. families to house immigrants in exchange for labor. A bogus claim that was originally posted as satire is circulating on social media without a disclaimer.

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Post Uses Altered Photo to Impugn Klobuchar’s Comments on Slain First Responders

Post Uses Altered Photo to Impugn Klobuchar’s Comments on Slain First Responders

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar posted condolences and support for two police officers and a firefighter killed Feb. 18 while responding to a domestic incident. A post on social media uses an altered photo to falsely claim Klobuchar previously attended a meeting with people holding "DEFUND THE POLICE" signs. The original image shows the people were not holding any such signs.

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CDC, Experts Say Fluoridated Water Is Safe, Contrary to RFK Jr.’s Warnings

CDC, Experts Say Fluoridated Water Is Safe, Contrary to RFK Jr.’s Warnings

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and multiple expert groups endorse water fluoridation as a safe way to reduce tooth decay. However, independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. made a sweeping claim about fluoride’s effects on the nervous system, and promised to order the CDC to ban fluoride from tap water.

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The Washington Post

Trump says he’s long worked ‘hand in hand’ with Black people. Let’s review.

Trump’s first appearance in the New York Times was the announcement of a DOJ suit alleging racial discrimination.

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Trump says he’s long worked ‘hand in hand’ with Black people. Let’s review.

Trump’s first appearance in the New York Times was the announcement of a DOJ suit alleging racial discrimination.

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Snopes

How RFK Jr. Exploited a Bogus Study Linking Vaccines to Chronic Illness

Snopes investigates the evolution of a popular anti-vaccine talking point.

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Did De Niro Call Former President Trump an 'Evil' 'Tough Guy' with 'No Morals or Ethics'?

In a resurfaced statement read at The New Republic Stop Trump Summit, actor De Niro labeled Trump "evil," with “no regard for anyone but himself."

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Is Antisemitic Post Attributed to Israel-Hamas War Protester Aaron Bushnell Real?

Bushnell died in February 2024 after setting himself on fire to protest Israel's military actions against Palestinians in Gaza.

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Woman Finds Snake That Was Shipped in Temu Package?

An Oklahoma woman posted a photo of a snake on Facebook and said it arrived inside of a pants order from the China-based online retailer Temu.

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No, Trump Did Not Refer To His Wife Melania as 'Mercedes' at CPAC 2024

A clip from the former president's speech at CPAC provided fodder for late night television, but was stripped of relevant context.

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Do These Images Show Actual MRIs of Human Fetuses?

Future parents beware.

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Authentic Image of Mysterious Object Found on Mars?

NASA confirmed to Snopes that the image was real, but it depicted a rather mundane object.

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Did Trump Say Black People Like Him Because of His Criminal Charges?

The former U.S. president spoke at the Black Conservative Federation's annual gala in February 2024.

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New Studio Ghibli Movie Set To Release August 2024?

Viral post claims Hayao Miyazaki's new masterpiece is titled "The Last Guardian of Wind Valley."

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Did Las Vegas Sphere Really Show a Windows Error Message?

"Microsoft ruined the Las Vegas sphere," one X user commented.

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