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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.

Posts Misrepresent Rescue of Crew from Ship Attacked by Houthis

Posts Misrepresent Rescue of Crew from Ship Attacked by Houthis

A missile fired by Yemen’s Houthi militants damaged a British-owned cargo ship on the Red Sea on Feb. 18 and forced its crew to evacuate. Some social media posts falsely claimed the Houthis “made sure to rescue” the 24-member crew. U.S. Central Command said the crew was rescued by a “coalition warship along with another merchant vessel.”

Posts Mislead About Record-Setting Canadian Wildfires Fueled by Climate Change

Posts Mislead About Record-Setting Canadian Wildfires Fueled by Climate Change

The record-setting Canadian wildfires in 2023 were caused mainly by lightning igniting forests that were unusually hot and dry, in part due to climate change. But the recent conviction of a Quebec man led to false claims on social media that the majority of the fires were the result of arson.

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Taylor Swift Film Is Being Screened in Israel, Contrary to Online Post

Taylor Swift Film Is Being Screened in Israel, Contrary to Online Post

As some celebrities issued statements in response to the Israel-Hamas war, a video posted to social media falsely claimed that pop star Taylor Swift stopped screenings of her new film in Israel. But it was technical difficulties with showtime schedules that made screenings appear unavailable in Israel. Screenings of the film have continued in Israel.

Viral Post Uses Altered Audio of Interview with Greta Thunberg

Viral Post Uses Altered Audio of Interview with Greta Thunberg

Greta Thunberg recalled in a 2022 BBC interview how she began her environmental activism. But a recent video shared on social media deceptively alters the audio from that interview, making it appear that Thunberg called for the use of eco-friendly military weapons and “vegan grenades.” The altered video originated on a site that labeled it as satire.

Viral Video Clip Misrepresents Trump Remarks on Israel

Viral Video Clip Misrepresents Trump Remarks on Israel

A video clip shared on Instagram on the day Hamas attacked Israel appears to show former President Donald Trump condemning Israel. But the clip is from a 2019 campaign rally and has been taken out of context. Trump was not expressing his opinion, but was quoting Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota.

Posts Share Altered Image from Fox News’ Coverage of Fatal Shooting at UNC-Chapel Hill

Posts Share Altered Image from Fox News’ Coverage of Fatal Shooting at UNC-Chapel Hill

After a fatal shooting at the University of North Carolina, Fox News displayed a photo of the suspect with this caption: “UNC Police Release Picture of Person of Interest.” But an altered screenshot of the news report circulating online shows this caption under the photo: “Shooter Described as ‘Mostly White Asian Male.'” A Fox News spokesperson called that caption a “fake.”

Social Media Posts Misrepresent Kamala Harris Error

Social Media Posts Misrepresent Kamala Harris Error

While announcing an investment in clean energy programs, Vice President Kamala Harris mistakenly said “reduce population” when she meant “reduce pollution.” Online posts shared a video of the gaffe and misleadingly claimed “her goal is to reduce population to fight climate change.” The transcript of her remarks shows the mistake and corrects it.