Tag: Fake

Fake Letterman Story on Vegas Shooting

Q: Did comedian David Letterman respond to the mass shooting in Las Vegas by tweeting, “End white privilege today”? A: No. A website that claims to be a safe haven from “fake news” posted that bogus information based on a…

Tackling Fake Football Stories

Q: Did the NFL fine players who protested during the national anthem? Was a player fired for it? Are some players asking the league to host a month of anti-police activism? Will Fox Sports stop airing NFL games? A: No.…

Fake Mike Pence Abortion Quote

Q: Did Vice President Mike Pence say, “Allowing rape victims to have abortions will lead to women trying to get raped”? A: No. That fabricated quote comes from a made-up story published by a “hybrid news/satire” website. FULL ANSWER Vice…

Fake Confederate Flag Story

Q: Did President Donald Trump defend a Confederate flag he hung in the White House? A: No. That was written by a website that “provides a satirical view of current events.” FULL ANSWER A story published by the American Tribune…

25 Million Clinton Votes Weren’t Fake

Q: Did NPR report that a study found “over 25 million Hillary Clinton votes were completely fraudulent,” and that she “actually lost the popular vote”? A: No. That claim was made in a story that conflates a 2012 article about…

A Fake Paul Ryan Quote

Q: Did House Speaker Paul Ryan say “22 million Americans choose to be poor, so it’s their own problem if they can’t afford to be healthy”? A: No. That fake quote comes from a satirical news story. FULL QUESTION Did…

How to Flag Fake News on Facebook

As we announced late last year, FactCheck.org is partnering with Facebook on an initiative that allows the social network’s users to report news that they suspect is fake. The announcement came after concerns about the proliferation of fake stories, especially…