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Partly false claim: video showing people leaving during Trump's speech in India was "doctored"


   Multiple articles shared on Facebook have claimed that crowds left a stadium during President Trump's speech in India on Monday, February 24, 2020. Examples can be seen and  However, some social media users questioned the veracity of this claim, suggesting that the crowd was departing after the speeches had finished and as they were being replayed – see
   Feb 27 2020

Partly false claim: information labels on disinfectants prove that the coronavirus causing the current outbreak is not new.


   Multiple videos on Facebook, (examples and make the claim that information labels on Lysol disinfectant products prove that the "human coronavirus" is not a new phenomenon. Other claims in the videos hint at the existence of a possible conspiracy to keep this information from the public.
   Feb 27 2020

Partly false claim: Twitter suspends account of Ilhan Omar’s challenger for no reason


   A widely popular image circulating on social media claims that Danielle Stella's Twitter account got suspended for no reason. The photo portraying Illhan Omar's potential Republican contender has been shared over 100,000 times in different pages as of February 14, 2020 (example
   Feb 27 2020

Partly false claim: Michelle Obama did not salute the U.S. flag on Veteran’s Day


   An old image of Michelle Obama allegedly not saluting the U.S. flag on Veterans Day resurfaced on social media recently. The text on the photo claims “America’s First Lady on Veteran’s Day? A picture worth a 1000 Words. Share if you think she is a disgrace”. The content has been shared over 350,000 times (examples and
   Feb 27 2020

False Claim: In 2018, 10,150 Americans were killed by illegal immigrants, while 194 Americans were killed in mass shootings


   An image widely circulating on social media recently claims that in 2018, 10,150 Americans were killed by illegal immigrants, while 194 Americans were killed in mass shootings. As of February, 20 2020, the image has over 200,300 shares and has been posted in at least 500 Facebook groups and pages, according to Crowdtangle (examples and )
   Feb 27 2020

False claim: This is a photograph of a baby platypus


   A photograph has been widely shared online claiming that it's a baby platypus. Examples can be seen and
   Feb 27 2020

False claim: Barack Obama, Ilhan Omar, Kirsten Gillibrand, Bill de Blasio, Beto O'Rourke, Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Pete Buttigieg, Elizabeth Warren and Eric Holder Are Using False Names


   A post on a page called "Trump Red" that had been shared over 500 times as of February 25, 2020 claims that 10 prominent Democratic figures "are so fraudulent that they don't even use their real names with the American people." Some of the “real names” given in this post are incorrect. Other “real names” refer to nicknames, maiden names or middle names held by these figures. Such variations are common,
   Feb 27 2020

False claim: Bernie Sanders proposes raising tax rate to 52% on incomes above $29,000


   Multiple posts on social media make the claim that 2020 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is proposing a 52% tax rate on incomes above $29,000 a year. Examples of the claim appear on Facebook , Instagram , Twitter , and Reddit
   Feb 27 2020

False claim: Circulating image claims to test viewers' stress levels


   The Facebook page "Funny thoughts and jokes." is among others to have posted an image on Facebook that appears to show a moving optical illusion.
   Feb 27 2020

False claim: TV-style graphic shows Bernie Sanders beating ‘moderates’ Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg


   A graphic showing photographs and outcome percentages for “Nevada: Sanders Vs. Moderates” – in reference to the Nevada primary that took place on February 22, 2020 – is being widely shared on social media. A tweet by Rob Delaney (@robdelaney) had 60,4000 likes and 6,500 retweets as of February 24, 2020, and the claim was reposted on Facebook (example and https://www.facebook.
   Feb 27 2020
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