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FDA Did Not Change Position on Ivermectin Use, Contrary to Online Claims

FDA Did Not Change Position on Ivermectin Use, Contrary to Online Claims

In response to a civil suit, lawyers for the Food and Drug Administration described the agency's warnings about the unapproved use of ivermectin to treat COVID-19 as "recommendations." Although that description doesn't reveal new information, some conservative outlets have falsely claimed it's an "outrageous" revelation and a change in the FDA's position.

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Post Omits Paxlovid’s Ability to Protect Against Severe COVID-19, Death

Post Omits Paxlovid’s Ability to Protect Against Severe COVID-19, Death

Paxlovid, Pfizer’s COVID-19 antiviral pill, has been shown to prevent severe COVID-19 and death. An online post alleging the drug is a “fraud” and “should be taken off the market” neglects to mention this important information, and falsely says ivermectin is superior.

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Inaccurate TV Graphic Sparks Erroneous Claims of Election Fraud in Pennsylvania

Inaccurate TV Graphic Sparks Erroneous Claims of Election Fraud in Pennsylvania

Social media posts falsely suggest there was fraud in the Pennsylvania gubernatorial race, citing a TV graphic that showed Republican State Sen. Doug Mastriano with nearly 500,000 more votes than Democratic Attorney General Josh Shapiro, but Mastriano trailing 41.6% to 56.6%. The graphic showed inaccurate numbers that were quickly corrected on air.

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Bogus Theory Misinterprets FTX Support for Ukraine

Bogus Theory Misinterprets FTX Support for Ukraine

The bankruptcy of FTX, one of the world's largest cryptocurrency exchanges, has sparked an unfounded claim that its former CEO had conspired with Ukraine and Democratic politicians to launder U.S. aid money. FTX helped make crypto donations available to Ukraine; it wasn't taking any assets from Ukraine.

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Posts Misrepresent How Florida Arrived at Quick Election Results

Posts Misrepresent How Florida Arrived at Quick Election Results

Florida law allows election officials to start counting early in-person and mail-in ballots before Election Day. But social media posts falsely claim Florida counted all of its more than 7 million votes in five hours on Election Day and states that took longer committed "voter fraud." Most states don't allow vote counting to begin until Election Day or after polls close.

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RSV Surge in Children Likely Caused by ‘Immunity Gap,’ Not COVID-19 Vaccine

RSV Surge in Children Likely Caused by ‘Immunity Gap,’ Not COVID-19 Vaccine

Hospitals across the country are seeing a spike of respiratory syncytial virus infections among children. Experts say the spike is most likely caused by an immunity gap created by the lack of exposure to the virus over the past couple of years. There's no evidence the pediatric COVID-19 vaccine is the cause, as viral posts falsely claim.

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FactChecking Trump’s Presidential Bid Announcement

FactChecking Trump’s Presidential Bid Announcement

Speaking from his Mar-a-Lago home, Trump rattled off a string of familiar claims.

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Ballot Processing Continues in Closely Watched States Amid Unfounded Claims of Fraud

Ballot Processing Continues in Closely Watched States Amid Unfounded Claims of Fraud

Close Senate races are underway in some states that have different laws regarding ballot deadlines and tabulation. But some high-profile Republicans -- including former President Donald Trump -- have suggested, without any evidence, that "they" are trying to "cheat." Officials in those states say they are simply trying to count every legitimate vote.

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Posts Falsely Claim to Show Hobbs in Arizona Election Tabulation Room

Posts Falsely Claim to Show Hobbs in Arizona Election Tabulation Room

An image shared on social media shows a woman with glasses and brown hair in an Arizona ballot tabulation room. The posts falsely identify the woman as Democratic gubernatorial candidate Katie Hobbs, who is the secretary of state, implying that Hobbs was illegally influencing the count. The woman pictured is an election observer, not Hobbs.

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FactChecking Trump’s Bizarre Claim of Stopping DeSantis’ 2018 Election ‘From Being Stolen’

FactChecking Trump’s Bizarre Claim of Stopping DeSantis’ 2018 Election ‘From Being Stolen’

Former President Donald Trump claimed he "sent in the FBI and the U.S. Attorneys" to Broward County during the 2018 election to stop "ballot theft" and help Ron DeSantis become Florida's governor. But a spokesman for the county elections office said there was no "federal law enforcement presence" for that election.

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Yes, This Plant Truly Resembles a Vagina

Museum: "Once above ground, the flower gives off a carrion-like stench to attract insects that help pollinate it."

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Yes, a Massive Barney Balloon Exploded at the 1997 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

The 1997 parade went down in history for its inflated float mishaps.

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Do Male Honey Bees Die From Climaxing During Sex?

And do their testicles explode?

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Is a Plumber's Busiest Day the Friday After Thanksgiving?

"It might be a good idea to invite a plumber to the Thanksgiving feast and let him have a drumstick if he wants it," the Sacramento Bee reported.

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Is This a Real Pic of Michael Jackson and Biggie Smalls Eating Together?

Two giant figures in U.S. entertainment.

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Did Ice-T Tweet This About Comparing Trump to Satan?

A quip attributed to rapper Ice-T in which he compares Trump to Satan has been circulating since 2020.

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'OMG, We Cooked a Pregnant Turkey!'

Don't be fooled by pranksters this holiday season.

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4 Ways to Be Smart On Social Media This Thanksgiving Weekend

Eat. Sleep. Scroll. Repeat.

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Photos of Icicle 'Ghost Apples' Continue to Enchant

Social media users were sharing the pictures more than three years after they were snapped.

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Latest in the Hunter Biden Laptop Saga: CBS News Taps Expert Who Says It's Real

When the story originally broke in the days leading up to the 2020 election, some labeled it disinformation.

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