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FACT CHECK: During The 1st Presidential Debate, Did Joe Biden Say, ‘If You’re Going...

A post shared on Facebook Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said during the first presidential debate: “If you’re going to vote, vote early and vote often.” Verdict: False A review of the debate transcripts shows Biden did not make the comment during the debate. Fact Check: Author Lance Wallnau originally shared the alleged Biden quote…

FACT CHECK: Did Kamala Harris Tweet That She ‘Filed A Complaint’ To Remove A...

An image shared on Facebook over 400 times purportedly shows Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris tweeting that she “filed an official complaint” against a specific Instagram account to get it removed. Verdict: False There is no record of Harris sending or deleting the tweet. It appears to be fabricated. Fact Check: The image shows…

FACT CHECK: Did Amy Coney Barrett Say People Who Are Gay ‘Have A Right...

A viral Facebook post shared over 700 times claims Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett said that “gays have a right to be discriminated against.” Verdict: False There is no record of Barrett making the statement attributed to her in the post. Fact Check: Barrett currently serves as a judge on the U.S. Court of…

FACT CHECK: Viral Image Falsely Claims To Show Unopened 2020 Mail-In Ballots In A...

An image shared on Facebook more than 1,400 times purportedly shows unopened mail-in ballots for the upcoming November election in a San Francisco dumpster. Verdict: False The pictured materials are empty envelopes from the 2018 election, not unopened vote-by-mail ballots for the upcoming election, according to the County of Sonoma. California counties will send mail-in…

FACT CHECK: Did Nancy Pelosi Say, ‘Employers Cutting Hours Is A Good Thing’?

An image shared on Facebook over 500 times claims House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, “Employers cutting hours is a good thing. It then gives that person time to pursue their dreams and passions.” Verdict: False There is no record of Pelosi making the statement. Fact Check: Pelosi is often the target of misinformation on social…

FACT CHECK: Does This Image Show US Protesters Destroying A Road?

An image shared on Facebook over 400 times purportedly shows U.S. protesters using pickaxes to destroy roads “in order to cause wrecks.” Verdict: False The picture shows people in South Africa damaging a road in protest against local water and electricity shortages. Fact Check: Text overlaying the image reads, “BE CAREFUL. NOW THEY’RE DESTROYING THE ROADS…

FACT CHECK: Did Amy Coney Barrett Say That ‘White People Are God’s Chosen Ones’?

A viral Facebook post shared over 1,200 times claims Judge Amy Coney Barrett said that “white people are Gods (sic) chosen ones.” Verdict: False There is no evidence Barrett said these statements. Fact Check:  Barrett, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, has been considered a top contender for the…

FACT CHECK: Does This Video Show Joe Biden As He ‘Botches’ The Pledge Of...

A viral video shared on Facebook purportedly shows Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden as he “botches” the Pledge of Allegiance. Verdict: False The full video of the event shows Biden was not reciting the entire Pledge of Allegiance, simply referencing it during remarks he delivered in Wisconsin on Monday. Fact Check: In the eight-second clip,…

FACT CHECK: Does This Video Show A Fire Tornado During The 2020 California Wildfires?

A video shared on Facebook purportedly shows a fire tornado occurring amid the current California wildfires. Verdict: False The video actually shows a 2018 fire tornado in Canada. Fact Check: The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning after a wildfire in Lassen County, California spawned a fire tornado on Aug. 15, the Weather Channel…

FACT CHECK: Image Claims To Show Lightning Over The Pyramids Of Giza

An image shared on Facebook purportedly shows a lightning strike over Egypt’s famed pyramids of Giza. Verdict: False The image has been digitally altered. The lightning strike was superimposed onto the image of the pyramids, according to the photographer who took the photo. Fact Check: The claim that the image shows a genuine lightning strike…
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