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Russia’s Neighbor Ukraine Besieged by ‘Fake News’ and Hacking Years Before United States

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Years before Americans started using the term “fake news” in late 2016, Ukrainians had become all too familiar with dezinformatsiya, an old Russian term that translates in English to “disinformation.” It first came across the radar for the American public in the months leading up to the intensely divisive 2016 presidential election, and intelligence agencies have since […]




Do Women Retain DNA From Every Man They Have Ever Slept With?

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CLAIM Women absorb and retain DNA from every man they have had sex with. FALSE RATING FALSE ORIGIN On 23 June 2017, frequent purveyor of misinformation YourNewsWire.com posted an article (“Women Absorb and Retain DNA from Every Man They Have Sex With”) that made the claim that “a new study” demonstrates that cells transferred from […]




Norwegians Collect Money to Fix Penis-Shaped Rock Formation

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HELSINKI (AP) — Activists are collecting money to repair a penis-shaped rock formation in southern Norway after the popular tourist attraction was found badly damaged. Joggers discovered Saturday that the Trollpikken rock formation had cracked and noted drilling holes in the rock — something that experts say strongly suggests the rock was deliberately vandalized. By […]




Fake Amber Alert: Plate 72B 381

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CLAIM An Amber Alert was issued for three-year-old girl taken by man in a grey car. FALSE RATING FALSE ORIGIN <!– Examples: [Collected via e-mail, July 2009] Amber alert 3 yr old girl taken by a man driving a new silver truck plate 72B381 in cortland area KEEP IT GOING SO THEY CAN FIND HER […]




Did 5.7 Million ‘Illegal Immigrants’ Vote in the 2008 U.S. Election?

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CLAIM Credible evidence suggests that 5.7 million illegal immigrants might have voted in the 2008 election. FALSE RATING FALSE ORIGIN On 20 June 2017, the Twitter account of the morning show “Fox  Friends” tweeted a significant sounding bit of news: As many as 5.7 million illegal immigrants might have voted in the 2008 election, report finds. A […]




Did 5.7 Million ‘Illegal Immigrants’ Vote in the 2008 U.S. Election?

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CLAIM Credible evidence suggests that 5.7 million illegal immigrants might have voted in the 2008 election. FALSE RATING FALSE ORIGIN On 20 June 2017, the Twitter account of the morning show “Fox  Friends” tweeted a significant sounding bit of news: As many as 5.7 million illegal immigrants might have voted in the 2008 election, report finds. A […]




Can the Bite of a ‘Reverse Zombie’ Tick Make You Allergic to Red Meat?

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CLAIM The bite of a rare breed of tick most commonly called the lone star tick can cause itching, stomach cramps, breathing difficulties, and an allergic reaction to red meat. TRUE RATING TRUE ORIGIN Spring and summer 2017 saw a rash of media reports warning of the spread of a rare tick whose bite, in addition to causing skin […]


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Did Hillary Clinton Tell FBI’s Mueller to Deliver Uranium to Russians in 2009 ‘Secret Tarmac Meeting’?

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CLAIM Then-Secretary of State Clinton ordered then-FBI Director Robert Mueller to deliver highly enriched uranium to the Russians in a secret plane-side meeting in 2009. MIXTURE RATING MIXTURE WHAT’S TRUE On behalf of the U.S. government, Robert Mueller delivered a sample of highly enriched uranium confiscated from smugglers in Georgia to Russian authorities for forensic […]




Was the Passage of Obamacare Just as Secretive as GOP Efforts to Repeal It?

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CLAIM Complaints about the lack of transparency behind the creation of a bill to repeal Obamacare are hypocritical because the Democrats were just as bad when they passed Obamacare. FALSE RATING FALSE ORIGIN In May 2017, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced the existence of a thirteen-man working group crafting a Senate bill aimed at […]




Are Indiana Muslims Appalled by an ‘Accurate’ List of Muhammad’s Deeds?

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CLAIM Indiana Muslims are appalled by a billboard displaying a list of deeds by the Prophet Muhammad even though it is accurate. MOSTLY FALSE RATING MOSTLY FALSE WHAT’S TRUE The Muslim Prophet Muhammad had multiple wives. WHAT’S FALSE There are no historical accounts of the Prophet committing rape or torturing people; he was known for […]




1 Dead, 10 Hurt in Crash Near London Mosque Suspected as Terrorism

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LONDON (AP) — A vehicle struck pedestrians near a mosque in north London early Monday morning, killing one man and injuring 10 other people in what police are investigating as a terrorist incident. Police said the 48-year-old man who was driving the car has been arrested and taken to a hospital as a precaution. He […]




God ‘s Chorus of Crickets

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CLAIM A slowed-down recording of crickets chirping sounds like a human chorus. UNPROVEN RATING UNPROVEN ORIGIN Many listeners have been fascinated by a recording that was supposedly produced from slowed-down tapes of crickets chirping, producing something that sounds remarkably like a human chorus: Composer Jim Wilson has recorded the sound of crickets and then slowed […]




Minnesota Officer Acquitted in Shooting Death of Philando Castile

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On 16 June 2017, a St. Anthony, Minnesota police officer was acquitted on all counts in the shooting death of 32-year-old Philando Castile. Officer Jeronimo Yanez had been charged with second-degree manslaughter and reckless discharge of a firearm for shooting and killing Castile during a 6 July 2016 traffic stop. Castile’s girlfriend, Lavish Reynolds, captured […]




Minnesota Officer Acquitted in Shooting Death of Philando Castile

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On 16 June 2017, a St. Anthony, Minnesota police officer was acquitted on all counts in the shooting death of 32-year-old Philando Castile. Officer Jeronimo Yanez had been charged with second-degree manslaughter and reckless discharge of a firearm for shooting and killing Castile during a 6 July 2016 traffic stop. Castile’s girlfriend, Lavish Reynolds, captured […]




Is SPLC a ‘Left-Wing Smear Group’ That Encourages Violent Attacks?

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CLAIM The Southern Poverty Law Center is a “left-wing smear group” that incites hatred and violence against conservatives. FALSE RATING FALSE ORIGIN In the wake of the shootings of U.S. House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-Louisiana) and three other people at a GOP charity baseball practice session in Alexandria, Virginia on 14 June 2017, partisan news and opinion outlets […]