On the FactCheck page, The Associated Press tracks down some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals that were shared widely on social media. The AP takes those untrue stories, checks them out and sets the records straight in this weekly series of news articles.
The original video, from July, does not include those chants; the clip was altered to add that audio.
The U.K.’s public health agency, Public Health England, confirmed that a vaccine rollout for children ages 12 to 15 was not suspended nor delayed, contrary to false claims on social media.
Claims about Sharpie pens invalidating ballots also emerged after the 2020 election and were swiftly debunked then by both election officials and election technology firms.
Despite viral claims otherwise, there is no evidence from available research to suggest that COVID-19 vaccines cause erectile dysfunction, swelling of the testicles or male infertility.
Despite viral claims otherwise, Biden didn’t say getting vaccinated would protect against hurricanes. The video clip, first posted on TikTok, was edited to remove key portions of his comments.
A faked CNN article reports that the Taliban banned menstrual hygiene products in Afghanistan, saying it goes against Shariah law. CNN did not publish such a story, and no credible reports can be found to support any such action by the Taliban.
Despite viral claims that President Joe Biden has ordered the Department of Veterans Affairs to withhold health care benefits from unvaccinated veterans, no such directive or executive order exists.
Despite viral claims, a Shell oil platform did not break loose during Hurricane Ida. The U.S. Coast Guard conducted a flyover Aug. 29 that revealed no oil platforms had broken loose, according to an agency statement. Shell also performed its own flyover the next day and confirmed that its Mars, Olympus and Ursa platforms were “all intact and on location.”
The video does appear to show the Taliban using a Black Hawk helicopter that previously was used by the Afghan military, according to the markings on the aircraft. But despite viral claims, it shows not a killing, but a Taliban fighter trying to place a flag on a tall flagpole at the Kandahar governor’s office Aug. 29
Comirnaty is the brand name Pfizer is using to market its COVID-19 vaccine, and there is no distinction between the two.
Despite viral claims, Biden didn’t fall asleep during meeting with Israeli prime minister. During the 14-minute video taken of the meeting, he looks down at his lap several times, including when he is listening and reading from his notepad. The image is captured in one of these moments.
Despite viral claims, Pelosi was not caught on a hot mic saying "We don’t want him to talk." In the actual video, Pelosi did not respond, and the screen that showed her cut to a photo of Biden. The original video ends shortly after that.
CLAIM: Video shows the second explosion outside Afghanistan’s Kabul airport on Thursday, near the Baron Hotel.
CLAIM: People who have been vaccinated are going to die within six months to five years; COVID-19 vaccines will sterilize children permanently; 80 percent of women who have been jabbed have miscarried in the first trimester; people who are vaccinated are banned from donating blood.
CLAIM: A study from the Francis Crick Institute in London found that Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine destroys a type of white blood cell called the T cell and weakens the immune system.
CLAIM: Data shows that COVID-19 vaccines are more deadly than the virus itself.
CLAIM: Video from a camera inside a home shows the house shaking from a 7.2-magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti on Saturday.
CLAIM: A photo shows the Taliban flag flying on the tower of the Afghanistan presidential palace in Kabul on Sunday night.
CLAIM: A photo shows a plane full of Afghan refugees being evacuated from the country this week, with not a single woman or child among them.
CLAIM: A photo shows three Afghan women chained to one another, walking behind a man who holds the end of the chain.
CLAIM: A video shows Taliban fighters jumping on a trampoline this week as they celebrate their return to power in Afghanistan.
CLAIM: $2.5 billion of American tax dollars has been allocated toward a welcoming center for immigrants coming to the country illegally.