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Posts Misrepresent Unfreezing of $16 Billion in Iranian Funds

Posts Misrepresent Unfreezing of $16 Billion in Iranian Funds

A recent deal involving a prisoner swap and the extension of a Trump-era waiver have freed $16 billion in previously frozen Iranian funds. Social media posts distort the sources of the money to falsely claim “Joe Biden gave 16 billion to Iran.” The Iranian money has been unfrozen with restrictions that it be used for humanitarian purposes.

Posts Misrepresent Raising of Palestinian Flags at Harvard

Posts Misrepresent Raising of Palestinian Flags at Harvard

Protesters against the war in Gaza raised three Palestinian flags on the Harvard University campus on April 27. Social media posts misleadingly claimed the university “replaced the American flag with the Palestinian flag.” The Palestinian flags were removed by Harvard staff shortly after they were raised by the protesters.

Posts Misrepresent Rescue of Crew from Ship Attacked by Houthis

Posts Misrepresent Rescue of Crew from Ship Attacked by Houthis

A missile fired by Yemen’s Houthi militants damaged a British-owned cargo ship on the Red Sea on Feb. 18 and forced its crew to evacuate. Some social media posts falsely claimed the Houthis “made sure to rescue” the 24-member crew. U.S. Central Command said the crew was rescued by a “coalition warship along with another merchant vessel.”

The Whoppers of 2023

The Whoppers of 2023

Claims from the president, a former president and other presidential hopefuls made the list.

Post Misrepresents Condition of Israeli Hostages Released by Hamas

Post Misrepresents Condition of Israeli Hostages Released by Hamas

More than 100 hostages taken by Hamas during its Oct. 7 attack on Israel have been released through a negotiated swap for 240 Palestinians held in Israeli prisons. A post on social media misleadingly claims the freed Israelis “look like people finishing a vacation.” But news reports say many of the Israelis returned malnourished, injured and traumatized.

Post Makes Unfounded Claim About Doctors Without Borders Worker

Post Makes Unfounded Claim About Doctors Without Borders Worker

Doctors Without Borders has been working in the West Bank since fighting intensified between the Israelis and Palestinians after Oct. 7. But a video post on social media misleadingly claims it shows an aid worker from that organization passing a gun to a Palestinian fighter. The worker is wearing a vest used by the Palestinian Medical Relief Society.

Social Media Posts Misrepresent Video of IDF Aircraft Attack

Social Media Posts Misrepresent Video of IDF Aircraft Attack

At least 260 people were killed by Hamas during the militant group’s surprise attacks at an outdoor music festival in Israel on Oct. 7. A video clip on social media falsely claims to show Israel Defense Forces helicopters firing on festival-goers that day. The clip is from a video of IDF aircraft shooting at Hamas militants a day later at sites in the Gaza Strip.

Cruz Distorts Facts on Biden Support for Israel

Cruz Distorts Facts on Biden Support for Israel

In a Fox News interview about the Israel-Hamas war, Sen. Ted Cruz said “literally from within minutes of when this horrific attack began on Oct. 7, the Biden White House has been telling Israel, do not retaliate, cease-fire, stop, do not kill the terrorists.” But the Texas Republican has thin support for his claim.

Online Video Misrepresents Putin Speech Commemorating WWII Victory

Online Video Misrepresents Putin Speech Commemorating WWII Victory

An online video shows Russian President Vladimir Putin addressing a 2021 military rally commemorating the triumph over Nazism in World War II. But an Instagram post sharing the video falsely claims Putin is shown announcing “help to Palestine” in the current war between Israel and Hamas.