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Photo Shows Electric Car-sharing Lot in China, Contrary to Facebook Post

Photo Shows Electric Car-sharing Lot in China, Contrary to Facebook Post

Congress has passed a bill that would fund incentives to purchase electric vehicles. But a false claim is circulating on social media that purports to show an “electric car cemetery” in France. The photo actually shows a car-sharing company’s storage lot in China. The cars were to be replaced by updated electric vehicles.

Video Makes Unsubstantiated Claim About Chinese Maneuvers After Pelosi Visit to Taiwan

Video Makes Unsubstantiated Claim About Chinese Maneuvers After Pelosi Visit to Taiwan

China held live-fire military drills around Taiwan as a response to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the island on Aug. 2. But a video posted on social media made unfounded claims that China had attacked a Taiwanese armory. An expert told us that the claim was false and a majority of the video’s footage did not appear to be from the week of Pelosi’s visit. 

Social Media, Politicians Make Unfounded Claims of Politicized Mar-a-Lago Search

Social Media, Politicians Make Unfounded Claims of Politicized Mar-a-Lago Search

FBI agents searched the home of former President Donald Trump in Florida on Aug. 8 looking for presidential records and classified materials that were improperly removed from the White House. Social media posts claiming the FBI search was politically motivated have been swirling online, despite there being no evidence that President Joe Biden “had his department of justice’s FBI raid” Trump’s home, as one viral post claimed.

Four False Claims About Monkeypox

Four False Claims About Monkeypox

Monkeypox is a viral disease that spreads through close physical contact with an infected person and large respiratory droplets that don’t travel more than a few feet. A recent meme on social media gets the facts wrong about how the virus spreads, its severity and symptoms.

Posts Make Unfounded Claims About Death of Al-Qaeda Leader

Posts Make Unfounded Claims About Death of Al-Qaeda Leader

The U.S. announced it had conducted a drone strike on July 31 killing al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in Kabul. But social media posts make unfounded claims that al-Zawahiri had died in 2020 from asthma. The posts cite an unconfirmed story in a British tabloid, which reported a year later that al-Zawahiri was still alive.

Online ‘Stimulus Loan’ Offers Are Not Related to Government Programs

Online ‘Stimulus Loan’ Offers Are Not Related to Government Programs

Three stimulus payments have been sent to Americans to ease the economic impact of the pandemic. Social media posts are now sharing a false claim about a new, $40,000 federal stimulus loan. But it’s a marketing ploy. The bottom of the web page says, “This is not a government program nor is it government aid, this is an advertorial for a loan service.” 

‘Unequivocal’ Evidence that Humans Cause Climate Change, Contrary to Posts of Old Video

‘Unequivocal’ Evidence that Humans Cause Climate Change, Contrary to Posts of Old Video

There is “unequivocal” evidence that humans are causing global warming, the U.N. climate change panel has said. But viral posts revive a 2014 video of Weather Channel co-founder John Coleman falsely claiming “climate change is not happening.” The channel, which supports the scientific consensus that climate change is real, had distanced itself from Coleman.