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Satirical Story on Harris Treated as Fact

A story originally written as satire has been circulating online without a disclaimer, sparking angry comments from social media users on the story’s made-up claim that a new bill from Sen. Kamala Harris would restrict the use of weapons by police.

Meme Distorts Quran Verses

A viral meme has paired old misrepresentations of the Quran with a picture of Rep. Ilhan Omar.

Supposed ‘Child Bride’ Photo Debunked in 2014

A photo circulating online claims to show a young girl being “sold into sexual slavery.” But, according to fact-checking sites in 2014, the picture is from an old video of a child participating in a Quran recitation.

Viral Image Does Not Show O’Rourke

Dubious posts on social media erroneously claim that a photo of an activist is former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, who is also running for president.

Henry Winkler, Democratic Donor, Still Alive

Henry Winkler is very much alive, contrary to a hoax story about his “death” that falsely claims he had been a “huge Trump supporter” and an NRA member. 

Meme Fabricates Ocasio-Cortez Firing

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wasn’t “fired” from a hot-dog franchise for “incompetence,” despite what a popular meme says.

Posts Distort Facts on Obama, Flint

Social media posts distort the facts to misleadingly claim that President Barack Obama “declared Flint water crisis a National Emergency and never fixed it.”