A Project of The Annenberg Public Policy Center

Antifa Crackdown a Proposal, Not Law

Q: Is joining antifa now illegal and “punishable by 15 years in prison”?

A: No. A headline on a website known for distorting news incorrectly describes a House bill. It has not become law and it would not make joining antifa illegal.

Home Explosion Spawns Clinton Conspiracy Theory

Q: Were the victims of a New Jersey home explosion tied to an investigation into the Clinton Foundation?

A: No. A viral conspiracy theory is spreading that claim without any evidence. Investigators told us they “found no evidence of foul play” and that the deaths were ruled “accidental.”

Facebook Didn’t Hire George Soros

Q: Did Facebook hire George Soros “to remove ‘unwanted’ Conservative content from the platform to better regulate elections”?

A: No. A false story mischaracterizes Soros’ ties to the Atlantic Council, which has partnered with Facebook on an elections integrity project.

Clare Bronfman, Part of NXIVM, Not a Clinton Aide

Q: Was Clare Bronfman an aide to Hillary Clinton — and was she indicted for child sex trafficking?

A: No. A false story is based on speculation that Bronfman could be indicted in relation to an alleged sex cult. But she never worked for Clinton.

Rhode Island Tax Returns Bill Didn’t Pass

Q: Did Rhode Island pass a bill “to keep Trump off the 2020 ballot”?

A: No. Only one chamber passed a bill to require presidential candidates to disclose their federal tax returns.

Q&A on Border Detention of Children

The controversy surrounding family separations at the U.S. Southern border has prompted outrage, opinions and finger-pointing. It has also raised a number of questions, including from our readers. We answer those questions here.

Fox News’ Shepard Smith Hasn’t Been Fired

Q: Is Fox News Channel anchor Shepard Smith being fired because of “his hate” for President Trump?

A: No. That debunked claim has been circulating online since last year.

No Evidence of Tucson ‘Child Sex Camp’

Q: Was a recently discovered encampment in Arizona used as a “child rape camp”?

A: There is no evidence to support that claim. Authorities say their investigation revealed no such criminal activity.

Pedophile Advocate, But Not GOP Candidate

Q: Is Nathan Larson — who has expressed support for pedophilia, rape and incest — a Republican candidate for Congress?

A: No. Larson is running for a Virginia congressional seat as an independent.