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Fox News Hits Back at Lawsuit Over Botched Seth Rich Story

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Cable giant Fox News is asking a federal judge to toss out an August 2017 lawsuit brought against it by contributor Rod Wheeler, the central figure in a now-retracted report that murdered Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich — not Russian hackers — had breached the DNC e-mail system and leaked internal messages to document-dumping site WikiLeaks […]




Did a Pieology Pizzeria Employee Write ‘F*ck the Cops’ on a Police Officer’s Receipt?

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On 18 September 2017, the spouse of a Torrance police officer posted an image to her personal Facebook account showing a receipt from Rancho Santa Margarita-based pizzeria chain Pieology on which an employee had evidently typed in the phrase “Fuck the cops”: The image quickly went viral, and although many viral images are altered, this […]




McDonald’s Exposed for Using Human Meat?

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CLAIM An Oklahoma City McDonald’s outlet was caught with horse meat and human meat in their freezers. FALSE RATING FALSE ORIGIN False rumors about McDonald’s restaurants using worms as filler in their hamburgers and true reports of some retail chains being vended food products tainted with horse meat due to problems with supplies have been […]




Spacesuit Envy

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CLAIM NASA had to relabel the size chart used for a condom-like urination contraption built into the Maximum Absorbency Garment space suit system because astronauts refused to choose the “small” size. MIXTURE RATING MIXTURE ORIGIN NASA may be known for its brilliant employees, technical advances, and lofty projects, but according to a persistent Internet rumor, […]




Did National Geographic Purchase Footage of Destructive Tornadoes for $1 Million?

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CLAIM A video showing several destructive tornadoes was purchased by National Geographic for $1 million. FALSE RATING FALSE ORIGIN In September 2017, as extreme weather ravaged countries all over the world, a video purportedly showing a string of destructive tornadoes appeared on social media and was shared with the claim that the footage had been purchased […]




Did National Geographic Purchase Footage of Destructive Tornadoes for $1 Million?

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CLAIM A video showing several destructive tornadoes was purchased by National Geographic for $1 million. FALSE RATING FALSE ORIGIN In September 2017, as extreme weather ravaged countries all over the world, a video purportedly showing a string of destructive tornadoes appeared on social media and was shared with the claim that the footage had been purchased […]




Female Serial Killer is the Daughter of a United States Senator?

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CLAIM “Anne Marie Scott”, daughter of U.S. Senator “James Montgomery”, was charged with a series of murders. FALSE RATING FALSE ORIGIN On 10 September 2017, “satirical” web site Last Line of Defense published an entirely fabricated story appearing to report that the daughter of United States Senator “James Montgomery” had been charged with a series […]




Did Floodwaters in Southeast Texas Test Positive for Several Diseases After Harvey?

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DISEASE WARNING: I just got a call from a Southeast Texas disaster relief group (I was in direct contact with them and a few other groups assisting with rescues via phone). They’re spreading the word that the water in all areas (Beaumont, Vidor, Port Arthur, Orange, Lumberton, Bridge City, etc.) has tested positive for MRSA, […]




Were Three Sharks Filmed in Miami Flood Waters After Hurricane Irma?

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CLAIM A video shows three sharks in an area of Miami, Florida that was flooded by Hurricane Irma. FALSE RATING FALSE ORIGIN In September 2017, a video appeared in the wake of Hurricane Irma’s passage through Florida, purportedly showing three sharks swimming through a flooded area of the city: Although internet commenters pointed out several […]




Did Hurricane Irma Create a ‘Cloud Face’?

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CLAIM Hurricane Irma created a cloud formation that resembled an ominous face. FALSE RATING FALSE ORIGIN On 11 September 2017, the web site EBUZZ.buzz posted a video on its Facebook page it described as the “Face Of Hurricane Irma !”: The clip quickly went viral, amassing millions of views. But it is neither footage from […]




Bitterroot Forest Fire

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CLAIM Photograph captures wildlife fleeing a fire in Bitterroot Forest, Montana. TRUE RATING TRUE ORIGIN A Once in a Lifetime Photo of a forest fire in Bitterroot Forest/Montana This awsome picture was taken in the Bitterroot National Forest in Montana on August 6, 2000 by a fire behavior analyst from Fairbanks, Alaska by the name […]




Hurricane Irma Rumor FAQ

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CLAIM An assortment of rumors associated with Hurricane Irma in September 2017. RATING MIXTURE ORIGIN Hurricane Irma was the second major hurricane of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season (after Hurricane Harvey), and the storm brought with it dire predictions that prompted mass evacuations, widespread preparedness activity, and strongly-worded warnings: Whether it will actually endure a storm […]




Does Equifax’s Credit Monitoring Service Bar Users From Joining a Class-Action Suit Against Them?

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CLAIM If you sign up for Equifax’s credit-monitoring service, you cannot join any class-action lawsuit against the company. MIXTURE RATING MIXTURE WHAT’S TRUE The terms of service for Equifax’s credit monitoring service, TrustedID Premier, say that users give up their right to participate in a class-action lawsuit or arbitration. WHAT’S FALSE Those who user TrustedID […]




Equifax Breach Exposes 143 Million People to Identity Theft

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Credit monitoring company Equifax has been hit by a high-tech heist that exposed the Social Security numbers and other sensitive information about 143 million Americans. Now the unwitting victims have to worry about the threat of having their identities stolen. The Atlanta-based company, one of three major U.S. credit bureaus, said Thursday that “criminals” exploited […]




Is the City of Sacramento Paying Gang Members $1.5 Million Not to Kill?

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CLAIM The city of Sacramento is paying gang members $1.5 million to stop killing. MOSTLY FALSE RATING MOSTLY FALSE WHAT’S TRUE The city of Sacramento has contracted with a charitable organization in a pilot program aimed at ending gun violence; the city will provide $1.5 million in matching funds over three years to implement the […]