Funke

Daniel Funke is a staff writer covering online misinformation for PolitiFact. He previously reported for Poynter as a fact-checking reporter and a Google News Lab Fellow, and has worked for the Los Angeles Times, USA Today and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. When he’s not chasing down online hoaxes, the University of Georgia graduate can be found cycling to your local brewery.

The latest Truth-O-Meter items from Daniel Funke

Recent stories from Daniel Funke

Fact-checking the Democratic presidential debate in Houston

Democrats debated in Houston on the campus of Texas Southern University on Sept. 12, 2019. 

Hurricanes and tropical storms lead to flood of misinformation

As Dorian moves its way toward Florida, we review the flood of misinformation about hurricanes and tropical storms. 

In the weeks after El Paso and Dayton, mass shooting rumors spread on Snapchat and iMessage

Hoaxes aimed at flaming fears of more mass shootings have been shared far and wide on social media.

Explaining the Jeffrey Epstein conspiracy theories linked to Trump, Clinton

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.

There’s no evidence that the Clintons were involved in Jeffrey Epstein’s death

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.

Fact-checking claims about the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton

In the days since the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, we’ve heard a lot from people seeking to shape the gun debate with their own theories, facts and figures.  With so much going on, it might be hard to keep all of it straight. We recapped our fact-checking of politicians, pundits and social media here.

Why do some people think mass shootings are staged every time?

False flag conspiracies have been spread after nearly every mass shooting in recent memory.

Did the media ‘change the identity’ of the El Paso shooter?’ Nope

Stories show two photos of same suspect.

Fact-checking misinformation after the El Paso, Dayton shootings

In the hours after the shootings, hoaxes and rumors started spreading on social media platforms.

No, police didn’t stop mass shootings in Des Moines and Omaha

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.