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Video Falsely Stokes Concerns About Voting in Louisiana Primary

Video Falsely Stokes Concerns About Voting in Louisiana Primary

A viral video falsely labeled “Registered Republican Not Allowed to Vote!” suggests that Republicans were kept from voting in Louisiana’s recent primary. The person featured in the video — which has been viewed millions of times — was actually registered as a Democrat, so she couldn’t vote in the closed Republican primary.

‘Face Mask Exempt Card’ Isn’t Legitimate

‘Face Mask Exempt Card’ Isn’t Legitimate

A “face mask exempt card” shared on social media invokes the Americans with Disabilities Act and claims to excuse people from wearing face masks. But the group behind the card — “Freedom to Breathe Agency” — is not a government agency, and federal officials say the ADA “does not provide a blanket exemption” from requirements to wear masks.

Post Falsely Attributes Racist Remarks to Fashion Designer

Post Falsely Attributes Racist Remarks to Fashion Designer

A viral image on Facebook falsely attributes racist comments to the fashion designer Michael Kors. The quotes were fabricated by a now-defunct satirical website in 2015, but have been circulating as if true ever since.

Meme Misconstrues Efficacy of Face Masks in Spread of COVID-19

Meme Misconstrues Efficacy of Face Masks in Spread of COVID-19

A meme suggesting that face masks are useless against COVID-19 has been circulating online. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends wearing a face covering in public since the virus is transmitted mostly through droplets produced when people cough, sneeze and talk.

Officials Didn’t Say Epstein Associate Has COVID-19

Officials Didn’t Say Epstein Associate Has COVID-19

Social media posts falsely assert that Ghislaine Maxwell — the recently arrested associate of Jeffrey Epstein — has tested positive for COVID-19 in jail. The story is the product of a website that says its work is satire.

Video Presents Flawed Test on Masks, Oxygen Levels

Video Presents Flawed Test on Masks, Oxygen Levels

A viral video questions the safety of face masks by using a gas detector to purportedly show that masks result in dangerous oxygen levels for the wearer. But experts — and the company that makes the gas detector — say the video’s test is scientifically flawed.

Popular Facebook Post Was Not Written by Tennis Star

Popular Facebook Post Was Not Written by Tennis Star

A viral Facebook post whose author expresses frustration with COVID-19, racial and political divisions, and other topics is falsely attributed to tennis star Serena Williams. It was actually written by another Facebook user with the same name.

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.