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Commentator Ben Shapiro Didn’t Receive $20K in Federal Loan Forgiveness

Commentator Ben Shapiro Didn’t Receive $20K in Federal Loan Forgiveness

Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro criticized the Biden administration’s decision to forgive some student loan debt. Liberal social media accounts then falsely claimed Shapiro had received a loan of about $20,000 that had been forgiven as part of the federal Paycheck Protection Program. Two other people with the same name had received PPP loans.

Kathy Griffin Shares Satirical Trump Tweet, But Not Everyone Is in on the Joke

Kathy Griffin Shares Satirical Trump Tweet, But Not Everyone Is in on the Joke

Dozens of former President Donald Trump’s supporters gathered outside his Florida home to protest a recent FBI search of the building. The activity triggered a satirical tweet falsely attributed to Trump’s eldest son, purportedly telling supporters to disperse, and saying, “We have many important people coming through the club and need to keep it clean.”

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.

Fake Shinzo Abe Tweet Dredges Up Baseless Clinton Conspiracy Theory

Fake Shinzo Abe Tweet Dredges Up Baseless Clinton Conspiracy Theory

Internet trolls have used the death of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and a fake tweet purportedly from Abe, to promote a long-standing, unfounded conspiracy theory that the Clintons are responsible for the deaths of multiple people. A suspect reportedly with a personal grudge has been arrested for the assassination.

Satirical Amendment Cited in False Claims About Kentucky Abortion Law

Satirical Amendment Cited in False Claims About Kentucky Abortion Law

The Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade on June 24, allowing laws banning abortion in several states, including Kentucky, to take effect. But social media posts falsely claim Kentucky is considering a law requiring all women of childbearing age to undergo monthly pregnancy testing. The claim stemmed from a lawmaker’s satirical amendment.

Baby Formula Shortage Fuels Misleading Partisan Claims

Baby Formula Shortage Fuels Misleading Partisan Claims

A shortage of baby formula has provoked misleading partisan claims that suggest President Joe Biden is responsible for the “bare shelves.” But the shortage has been caused by a recall and plant shutdown by a major manufacturer and ongoing supply-chain issues due to the pandemic.

Posts Misattribute Phrase ‘Domestic Supply of Infants’ in Draft Opinion on Abortion

Posts Misattribute Phrase ‘Domestic Supply of Infants’ in Draft Opinion on Abortion

In a footnote of a draft opinion on abortion access, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito quoted from a 2008 government report on the demand for adoption in the U.S., which used the phrase, “domestic supply of infants.” Posts on social media critical of the opinion have misleadingly suggested that Alito himself came up with the phrase.