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Ciara O'Rourke
By Ciara O'Rourke February 2, 2022

No, 700 CIA agents weren’t arrested

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  • There’s no evidence to support this claim. 

Did you hear about "the arrested 700 CIA agents?" 

That’s part of the shocking title of a recent, widely-shared Facebook video

But there’s a catch: In the video itself, there’s no evidence to support the claim. And that’s because it’s not true. 

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.)

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We’ve checked claims like the title of this video before. Sometimes posts overstate what’s actually said in the video, or they even fabricate a sensational, clickbait-worthy headline. Some examples of these kinds of claims that we’ve checked and found inaccurate: 

  • "The military’s actually been in charge since November 3rd." 
  • "Ivanka Trump is joining the Democrats to run against her dad." 
  • "Hillary replaces Kamala Harris." 
  • "Trump was secretly inaugurated as president of the restored Republic." 

The search for reports, news articles, or credible sources to corroborate the statement is fruitless. That’s the case here — we found nothing to remotely suggest that 700 CIA agents were recently arrested. 

We rate this post Pants on Fire. 

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