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Posts Make Unsupported Claim About Trump Donation for Slain Officer

Posts Make Unsupported Claim About Trump Donation for Slain Officer

Former President Donald Trump attended the wake for slain New York City Police Officer Jonathan Diller and met with his family. But social media posts make the unsupported claim that Trump paid off the family’s mortgage. A nonprofit announced it would pay the mortgage and told a news outlet it had no contact with Trump about the Diller mortgage.

Posts Make Ominous, Unfounded Claims About April 8 Eclipse Preparations

Posts Make Ominous, Unfounded Claims About April 8 Eclipse Preparations

Local governments are preparing residents for an influx of visitors during the April 8 solar eclipse that will be most visible along a narrow path through the U.S., with one Oklahoma county inviting the National Guard for support. But social media posts baselessly claim the preparations suggest “something catastrophic” will occur during the eclipse.

Photo Shows 1924 KKK March in Wisconsin, Not Democratic Convention in NYC

Photo Shows 1924 KKK March in Wisconsin, Not Democratic Convention in NYC

The Ku Klux Klan caused a divisive Democratic National Convention in 1924 but failed to nominate its preferred candidate. A social media post shows a photo of a Klan march to falsely claim it depicts Democratic delegates at the convention in New York. But the photo is from a Klan funeral march later that year in Wisconsin.

Posts Make Baseless Claim About Net Worth of Ocasio-Cortez

Posts Make Baseless Claim About Net Worth of Ocasio-Cortez

Democratic U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York reported having $60,000 at most in bank accounts and other savings and as much as $50,000 in student loan debt in her 2023 financial disclosure report. But social media posts baselessly claim that since becoming a member of Congress, she is “a verified multi-millionaire.”

Role of Illinois Circuit Court Judge Misrepresented in Post About Trump’s Removal from Ballot

Role of Illinois Circuit Court Judge Misrepresented in Post About Trump’s Removal from Ballot

The Supreme Court ruled that states may not remove former President Donald Trump from primary ballots based on the Constitution’s insurrection clause. A few days before the ruling, an Instagram post claimed a “traffic court judge” had ruled Trump shouldn’t appear on Illinois’ ballot — misrepresenting Tracie Porter’s role as an Illinois circuit court judge.

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.

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.

Posts Misidentify Suspect in Kansas City Parade Shootings

Posts Misidentify Suspect in Kansas City Parade Shootings

Kansas City authorities charged two juvenile suspects with crimes connected to the Feb. 14 shootings at the Kansas City Chiefs’ victory celebration, in which one person was killed and 22 others were injured. Social media posts falsely identified one of the shooting suspects as “Sahil Omar, a 44 year old illegal.” A police spokesperson said that was a “fake claim.”