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Are ‘Antifa’ and the Alt-Right Equally Violent?

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In the hours and days following the deadly “Unite the Right” rally on 12 August 2017, President Donald Trump laid the blame for the violence that took the lives of three people in Charlottesville, Virginia on “many sides.” The claim that white supremacists and counter-demonstrators carry equal responsibility for the weekend melee in Charlottesville has […]




Did ‘Antifa’ Stab a Vermont Man for Not Condemning a Nazi?

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CLAIM A group of anti-fascists attacked and stabbed a man outside his home in Vermont for not condemning a local white nationalist. UNPROVEN RATING UNPROVEN ORIGIN On 16 August 2017, the right-wing web site BigLeaguePolitics.com reported that a Vermont man was attacked by an “antifa mob” — a description the alleged victim said did not come […]


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Activists Criticize Alameda County Sheriffs For Sharing White Nationalist’s Tweet

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The Alameda County Sheriffs Department officer who distributed a tweet by white supremacist Richard Spencer took responsibility for what he described as an error, while also saying that he was engaged in “legitimate research” on the part of the department. Sgt. Ray Kelly came under criticism after retweeting a post from Spencer’s account carrying a […]




Did a 1940s U.S. War Department Film Compare Anti-Minority Hate Speech to Nazi Propaganda?

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CLAIM A U.S. War Department film from the 1940s warns Americans that political rhetoric condemning minorities and foreigners is a precursor to fascist movements like Nazism. TRUE RATING TRUE ORIGIN On 12 August 2017, in the aftermath of a so-called “Unite the Right” protest in Charlottesville, Virginia that ended in a fatal vehicular attack, Al […]




Melania Trump Criticizes Charlottesville Violence, Plagiarizes Michelle Obama?

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CLAIM First Lady Melania Trump again copied words from Michelle Obama while denouncing violence in Charlottesville. UNPROVEN RATING UNPROVEN ORIGIN On 12 August 2017, First Lady Melania Trump publicly responded to violent events that had taken place earlier that day at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, by tweeting the following: Our country encourages […]




Driver in Charlottesville Car Attack Identified as James Alex Fields, Jr.

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An Ohio man has been charged in connection with driving a car into a group of peaceful counter-protestors during a white nationalist rally on 12 August 2017, killing a 32-year-old woman and injuring at least nineteen others before backing away at top speed and driving off. James Alex Fields, Jr., 20, faces murder charges and […]




Did Vladimir Putin Say North Korea Doesn’t Have Nuclear Weapons But Has ‘Trillions’ in Minerals?

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CLAIM Vladimir Putin said North Korea doesn’t have nuclear weapons, but does possess trillions of dollars in mineral wealth. UNPROVEN RATING UNPROVEN ORIGIN On 11 August 2017, the disreputable web site Neon Nettle posted a story reporting that Russia’s president Vladimir Putin made remarks indicating that the United States was threatening war with North Korea […]




Did a University of Georgia Professor Let Students Pick Their Own Grades?

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CLAIM A University of Georgia professor allowed students to pick their own grades. UNPROVEN RATING UNPROVEN ORIGIN On 7 August 2017, the conservative college news site Campus Reform posted a story reporting that a University of Georgia business professor had instituted a “stress reduction policy” that allowed students to select their own grades: A University […]




Did Walmart Place a Sign Over a Gun Display Urging Students to ‘Own the School Year Like a Hero’?

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CLAIM Walmart placed a sign urging kids to “own the school year like a hero” right over a gun display. TRUE RATING TRUE ORIGIN On 9 August 2017, Twitter user Ismail Kidd Noorzai posted a photograph to his Twitter page showing what appeared to be a rifle display at Walmart with a sign directly over it […]




Did Russian Scientists Discover a ‘Cure’ for Homosexuality?

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CLAIM Researchers at the Russian Institute for Medical Science discovered a new vaccine that may “prevent” or “cure” homosexuality in humans. FALSE RATING FALSE ORIGIN On 6 August 2017, the fake news web site Loyalys posted an article in which it was reported that Russian scientists have discovered a “cure to [sic] homosexuality”: Novosibirsk | […]




Did Justin Bieber and Katy Perry Say Pedophiles Run the Music Industry?

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CLAIM Justin Bieber and Katy Perry made public statements warning that the music industry is run by pedophiles. FALSE RATING FALSE ORIGIN In early August 2017, articles appeared on unreliable web sites reporting that two of the most popular entertainers in pop music, Justin Bieber and Katy Perry, had made public statements asserting that the […]




Couple Kills Dolphin?

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CLAIM Photographs depict a couple posing with a dolphin that died because the woman urinated in its blowhole. FALSE RATING FALSE ORIGIN On 6 June 2015, a Facebook user published a set of photographs showing an unidentified man and woman posing with a juvenile dolphin. According to the caption accompanying those images, the creature died shortly after […]




Sgt. Gregory Hayes Killed Two Syrian Refugees for Raping His Daughter?

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CLAIM Ret. Sgt. Gregory Hayes beat two Syrian refugees to death after they raped his daughter, and now faces life in prison. FALSE RATING FALSE ORIGIN In April 2016, a claim about a man who supposedly beat two men to death with his bare hands began circulating on Facebook: While the image was wildly popular […]




Were ‘Highway Closed in Event of Enemy Attack’ Signs Posted During the Cold War?

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CLAIM During the Cold War, road signs were posted outside major metropolitan areas warning that specific highways would be closed to civilian traffic in the event of enemy attack. TRUE RATING TRUE ORIGIN A passing detail in Garrett M. Graff’s chilling book Raven Rock: The Story of the U.S. Government’s Secret Plan to Save Itself — […]




Are Charitable NGOs Trafficking People Across the Mediterranean to Europe?

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CLAIM NGOs like Doctors Without Borders are profiting from human smuggling in the Mediterranean Sea. FALSE RATING FALSE ORIGIN In mid-July 2017, a group of young adults from Europe and North America chartered a boat and set out on a mission (named “Defend Europe”) in which their stated goal was to block migrants making the […]