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Online Video Misrepresents Putin Speech Commemorating WWII Victory

Online Video Misrepresents Putin Speech Commemorating WWII Victory

An online video shows Russian President Vladimir Putin addressing a 2021 military rally commemorating the triumph over Nazism in World War II. But an Instagram post sharing the video falsely claims Putin is shown announcing “help to Palestine” in the current war between Israel and Hamas.

Post Makes Unsupported Claim Trump Purchased a Handgun

Post Makes Unsupported Claim Trump Purchased a Handgun

While campaigning in South Carolina, former President Donald Trump saw a handgun at a gun store with his image and name on it. “I want to buy one,” he said. An online video shows Trump in the store, but the post claims he purchased the gun. The Trump campaign said, “He simply indicated he wanted one.”

Post Makes False Claim About Children Missing After Maui Wildfires

Post Makes False Claim About Children Missing After Maui Wildfires

The wildfires in Maui caused widespread destruction on the island and claimed the lives of 97 people. The Maui Police Department and the FBI have released the list of 31 individuals still unaccounted for following the fire. Yet an Instagram post falsely claims “over 1,000 children are missing.”

FactChecking Trump’s Interview with Carlson

FactChecking Trump’s Interview with Carlson

In lieu of joining his fellow Republican presidential candidates in the Aug. 23 debate, former President Donald Trump granted an interview to former Fox News host Tucker Carlson — who posted it to X minutes before the debate began. Trump made several familiar false and misleading claims.

Posts Misrepresent Military’s Response to Maui Wildfires

Posts Misrepresent Military’s Response to Maui Wildfires

The White House declared the site of the Maui wildfires a disaster area, and the Department of Defense has provided more than 400 troops, air support and other resources in firefighting and recovery efforts. Yet posts on Instagram misrepresent the federal response and one falsely claimed “the military is standing down.”

Video Misrepresents Lasting Effects of Nuclear Bombs Dropped on Japan During World War II

Video Misrepresents Lasting Effects of Nuclear Bombs Dropped on Japan During World War II

The United States dropped nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945, killing hundreds of thousands of people to force Japan’s surrender in World War II. A video on social media falsely claims the cities “were never nuked,” reasoning that nuclear bombs would have made those cities “uninhabitable for thousands of years.”

Post Retreads False Claim About Biden’s Funding for Historically Black Colleges

Post Retreads False Claim About Biden’s Funding for Historically Black Colleges

The Biden administration has awarded billions in funding to Historically Black Colleges and Universities, including more than $2.7 billion provided in the American Rescue Plan. Yet a social media post revives an old, false claim that Biden revoked $250 million that then-President Donald Trump “pledged to give historical black colleges for the next 10 years.”

Online Post Misrepresents 2020 Wisconsin Voter Data, Turnout

Online Post Misrepresents 2020 Wisconsin Voter Data, Turnout

Nearly 3.3 million votes were cast in the 2020 presidential election in Wisconsin, which the state calculated as a record turnout of 73%. A social media post tries to cast doubt on the results by citing incomplete data and claiming it shows “a registered voter turnout of 94%.”

Misleading Online Posts Distort Biden’s Joke at Meeting with Indian Prime Minister

Misleading Online Posts Distort Biden’s Joke at Meeting with Indian Prime Minister

In a meeting with the Indian prime minister and CEOs of technology companies, President Joe Biden joked about Republican investigations into him and his family. “I sold a lot of state secrets and a lot of very important things,” he joked, and added, “Now, all kidding aside.” But a viral video has been misleadingly edited to omit Biden saying that he was joking.