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- Images of members of the House of Lords in the United Kingdom were wrongly described as showing sleeping U.S. senators.
A proposal from Democratic lawmakers to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour has been met by Republican resistance, but also some online misinformation.
A screenshot of a tweet that has been shared widely shows three photos of what looks like people sleeping through a legislative session.
"If $15/hr is too much for minimum wage, then $85/hr is too much to pay our senators to literally do nothing," the post says.
This post was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Facebook.)
U.S. senators earn an annual salary of $174,000, or about $84 per hour based on a 40-hour work week. But the images in the tweet show members of the House of Lords, the upper house of Parliament in the United Kingdom — not American lawmakers.
The original tweet describing these people as U.S. senators has been deleted. The account posted that it had mistakenly used images of the House of Lords.
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Instagram post, Feb. 25, 2021
Newsweek, Lindsey Graham offers ‘Waffle House’ plan to Dems worried about $15 minimum wage, March 4, 2021
U.S. Senate, Senate salaries (1789 to present), visited Feb. 5, 2021
The Sun, Lords a sleeping, June 6, 2018
Express, Unelected House of Lords told to stop falling asleep in memo on ‘RUDE’ behavior by peers, June 7, 2018
Paisley Independent, Silence of the Lords means reform is needed, Sept. 21, 2017
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