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Social Media Posts Use Graphic, Unrelated Photos to Smear BLM Protesters

Social Media Posts Use Graphic, Unrelated Photos to Smear BLM Protesters

Posts circulating on social media this summer falsely claimed that Black Lives Matter activists were responsible for the beating of five elderly white people shown in the posts’ photos. But the pictures have been online for at least five years — and most early uses identify the photos as originating in South Africa.

Republican Convention Night 3

Republican Convention Night 3

The vice president accepted his party’s nomination and then delivered a speech filled with false and misleading claims..

False Claims on Corporate Donations to Black Lives Matter

False Claims on Corporate Donations to Black Lives Matter

Posts on social media repeat an error reported by Lou Dobbs on Fox Business in July, claiming that major corporations were donating large sums of money to Black Lives Matter. The companies have pledged support for racial equality initiatives, but haven’t specified Black Lives Matter as a beneficiary.

New ‘Plandemic’ Video Peddles Misinformation, Conspiracies

New ‘Plandemic’ Video Peddles Misinformation, Conspiracies

The second part of “Plandemic” — a documentary-style video that presents a sweeping conspiracy theory about the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic, patents and vaccines — landed on Aug. 18, spinning together many of the falsehoods about the disease that we’ve been debunking for months, plus some new misleading claims.

Harris Hasn’t Called Biden a ‘Racist’ or a ‘Rapist’

Harris Hasn’t Called Biden a ‘Racist’ or a ‘Rapist’

Contrary to claims in viral internet posts, Sen. Kamala Harris did not call former Vice President Joe Biden a “racist” or a “rapist.” Rather, she has been critical of Biden’s position on busing to integrate schools and comments he made about segregationist senators, and she has said that she believed women who accused Biden of making them feel uncomfortable.

Face Masks Don’t Cause Legionnaires’ Disease

Face Masks Don’t Cause Legionnaires’ Disease

A viral social media post is spreading the falsehood that wearing a face mask to slow the spread of COVID-19 could cause Legionnaires’ disease. But Legionnaires’ disease is caused by bacteria that festers mostly in warm, standing water, not in human saliva.

False Claims Follow Old Portland Mugshots

False Claims Follow Old Portland Mugshots

Old mugshots circulating on social media falsely suggest that they show 13 teachers who were recently arrested during the protests in Portland, Oregon. The photos are actually from 2017, and the posts provide no evidence that any of them are teachers.