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‘Satire’ Misinforms on Impeachment Witnesses

‘Satire’ Misinforms on Impeachment Witnesses

A bogus claim that Rep. Adam Schiff, chairman of the House intelligence committee, paid impeachment witnesses “over $40 million” to testify is circulating online. That claim actually originated on a self-described satire website.

Concert Photo Used in Bogus Report of Trump Rally

Concert Photo Used in Bogus Report of Trump Rally

A viral story falsely claims that President Donald Trump held a rally with “massive crowds” in Chicago, proving “Dems are turning to Trump.” There was no such rally. The story, which deceptively features a photo from a London concert, originated on a website that calls its work satire.

False Story Furthers Claim About Dem Defectors

False Story Furthers Claim About Dem Defectors

A made-up story that claims four Democratic senators are switching their party affiliation because of the impeachment is circulating on Facebook. But the story originated on a site that describes its content as satire.

Revived Falsehood that Trump Fired ‘Muslim Judge’

Revived Falsehood that Trump Fired ‘Muslim Judge’

A viral story shared on Facebook falsely claims President Donald Trump has fired a “Muslim federal judge” over “Sharia Law.” The story was published two years ago by a website that calls its work satire, but it is being spread again by a Tumblr site.

Omar Didn’t Propose ‘Nationwide Ban’ on Bacon

Omar Didn’t Propose ‘Nationwide Ban’ on Bacon

Rep. Ilhan Omar is not proposing a nationwide ban on “unhealthy and immoral” bacon. A self-described “satire” website published that made-up story, and it has since been shared by other websites that did not label the claim “satire.” 

Another Phony Story Targets Malia Obama

Another Phony Story Targets Malia Obama

A website that describes its content as satire posted a story falsely claiming that Malia Obama was arrested at Harvard University. She wasn’t, but that story has been copied by other sites and shared as though it’s true.

Social Media Posts Treat Fictional Harris ‘Quote’ as Fact

Social Media Posts Treat Fictional Harris ‘Quote’ as Fact

Facebook users expressed outrage over a statement that is falsely attributed to Sen. Kamala Harris. The quote — about seeking “vengeance” against supporters of President Donald Trump — originated on a website that calls its work satire.