The death of NBA star Kobe Bryant was followed by a slew of common hoaxes and conspiracies that follow big news about celebrities.
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A Facebook post rattles off eight accusations against President Donald Trump and his comments around the 9/11 attacks.
The details of Jeffrey Epstein’s apparent suicide have yet to come into full view, but that did nothing to stem the tide of misinformation coursing through social media channels.
The full details of Jeffrey Epstein’s apparent suicide have yet to materialize, but one pro-labor Facebook group wasted no time linking the disgraced financier’s death to President Donald Trump.
As of now, there is no evidence to suggest foul play in Epstein’s death, much less that it was coordinated by a former president.
Stories show two photos of same suspect.
In the hours after the shootings, hoaxes and rumors started spreading on social media platforms.
As rumors swirled about the suspects linked to mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, some articles claimed that police in other cities had prevented similar attacks.
A photo showing an adult hand cupping what is described as a fetus at 12 weeks has been viral on Facebook for years.
Within hours of the first spark of a fire that damaged Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, people on social media started sharing an image of two men ducking under what looks like police tape as the cathedral burned behind them. One Facebook post, which was shared more than 2,000 times, had this caption: "Muslims laughing while Notre Dame is burning." Commenters piled on. "Islam sucks," one person wrote. "Burn their A** out," someone else said. That post was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation its News Feed. Editors at PolitiFact, which has a partnership with the social media company, decided we should fact-check the claim that Muslims were laughing in front of the fiery cathedral. I started to look into the claim the same way I check other questionable Facebook photo posts.
Since Sept. 11, 2001, President Donald Trump has faced criticism and backlash for things he has done and said involving that tragic day, but one meme making the rounds on social media paints him as a hero in the days immediately following the attacks.
The viral photo of Covington Catholic fans is real. The circumstances may not be what they appear.