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Viral Posts Don’t Give Full Picture of Mask Mandates in States

Viral Posts Don’t Give Full Picture of Mask Mandates in States

Viral Facebook posts misleadingly claim that Florida, Georgia, Idaho, South Dakota and Tennessee have become “mask free.” None has a statewide mask mandate — but individual cities and counties in each of those states do have orders requiring face coverings to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. 

Preserve America PAC

Conservative super PAC using ads about law and order to support President Donald Trump.

McDonald’s and the American Flag

McDonald’s and the American Flag

Social media posts — without evidence — have accused McDonald’s of taking down American flags in support of Black Lives Matter and antifa. The company says that is “not true.”

Mail-in Voting Envelopes Don’t Reveal Party During General Election

Mail-in Voting Envelopes Don’t Reveal Party During General Election

Facebook posts falsely suggest that envelopes used for mail-in ballots in general elections reveal party affiliation, saying postal workers may “toss” votes. Voting experts say they don’t know of any such labels in general elections — only on envelopes during primary elections.

Americans for Prosperity

A network of conservative/libertarian groups heavily financed by Koch Industries.

Viral Post Falsely Attributes ‘Shadow Government’ Claim to Krauthammer

Viral Post Falsely Attributes ‘Shadow Government’ Claim to Krauthammer

A Christian blogger writing for The Daily Jot accused former President Barack Obama in 2017 of running a “shadow government.” The blog post has been recirculating lately on social media, but it is falsely attributed to the late Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Charles Krauthammer.