Photo does not show recent protests in Beirut
CLAIM: Photo shows massive crowd protesting in Beirut this week.
AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. The photo is from 2015, and shows a large protest in Tangier, Morocco.
Photo does not show recent fires in Lebanon
CLAIM: A nighttime photo that shows fires burning in mountains that overlook a large body of water shows recent wildfires burning in Lebanon.
Video shows environmental group protesting in San Francisco, not antifa
CLAIM: Video shows antifa protesters blocking early morning traffic to prevent employed people from getting to work.
AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. The video shows a demonstration in San Francisco...
Image of Turkish soldier was taken in 2015, not during recent fighting in Syria
CLAIM: Photo shows a Turkish soldier helping a child drink water from a bottle with the implication that it occurred during the military offensive Turkey launched last week in northern...
Biden didn’t ignore debate question with call to impeach Trump
CLAIM: Vice President Joe Biden responded to a debate question from CNN anchor Anderson Cooper about son Hunter Biden’s foreign business dealings, saying, “Impeach Donald Trump.”
Photo does not show U.S. troops crying in Syria
CLAIM: Photo shows U.S. soldiers on the ground in Syria “crying and visibly shaken.”
AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. The photo shows U.S. soldiers in Kuwait in 2011.
Photos do not show wildfire in Lebanon
CLAIM: Photos show current wildfires in the Mideast
AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. The photos are being misrepresented. One was taken during wildfires in Spain in 2012, and the other shows a 2018...
Rep. Omar did not protest outside Trump Minneapolis rally
CLAIM: Rep. Ilhan Omar protested outside President Donald Trump’s Oct. 10 campaign rally in Minneapolis.
AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. Omar was visiting Morocco from Oct. 6-11 and was not in her...
Video altered to show banner on Trump hotel in Las Vegas
CLAIM: A banner stating that President Donald Trump “Betrayed and murdered the Kurdish people” hangs from Trump International Hotel in Las Vegas.
Video does not show migrant students vandalizing classroom in Europe
CLAIM: Video shows migrant children attacking a teacher and vandalizing a classroom in Europe.
AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. The incident occurred in May 2019 at a school in Brazil.
Photo does not show recent anti-government protests in Baghdad
CLAIM: Photo shows a massive crowd in Baghdad demonstrating in early October against corruption.
AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. The photo was taken in 2017, not during recent protests.
Video shows migrant smuggling in the Mediterranean Sea
CLAIM: Video shows “fake, poor” migrants pretending to be stranded at sea, so they will be rescued and taken to Italy.
AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. The video shows criminal smugglers in the...
Hong Kong protesters not using wearable projectors to block facial recognition
CLAIM: Following a ban on face masks, protesters in Hong Kong use wearable face projectors that disable the facial recognition system used by the government.
Photo does not show protesters burning Iranian flag during ongoing protests in Iraq
CLAIM: Photo shows protesters burning an Iranian flag in Baghdad today as Iraqis held anti-government protests around the country.
AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. The photo was taken in 2018 and...
Video does not show attack on embassy in Sierra Leone
CLAIM: Video shows Nigerians vandalizing their embassy in Sierra Leone.
AP ASSESSMENT: False. The video shows men rampaging through the Nigerian embassy in Dakar, Senegal, in 2013.
NASA scientists attribute climate change primarily to human activity
CLAIM: According to NASA scientists, so-called “climate change” is mostly driven by factors unrelated to human activity.
AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. NASA scientists say recent climate change is...
Church of Sweden did not name teen activist a successor to Jesus
CLAIM: The Church of Sweden has declared 16-year-old environmental activist Greta Thunberg the successor to Jesus Christ.
AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. The Church of Sweden made no such...
Intelligence community didn’t alter whistleblower rules
CLAIM: The intelligence community secretly removed the requirement that whistleblowers must have first-hand knowledge in order to submit a complaint.
Climate activist Greta Thunberg does not have ‘handler’
CLAIM: Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg has a “handler,” Luisa-Marie Neubauer, who has ties to the “ONE Foundation managed by Bono, Bill Gates and George Soros.”
FBI reviewed cybersecurity firm’s evidence in 2016 DNC election hack
CLAIM: The FBI only relied on the word of a cybersecurity firm, CrowdStrike, to determine that Russia hacked the emails of the Democratic National Committee.
Video does not show a migrant vandalizing a church in Germany
CLAIM: Video shows a migrant damaging a church in Germany.
AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. The man in the video is not a migrant and the incident did not take place in Germany.
Tweet came from parody account, not congresswoman
CLAIM: Rep. Maxine Waters, a California Democrat, tweeted a profanity at President Donald Trump, accusing him of telling her she would need to take a urine test to prove her...
New York bill to limit ammunition purchases applies only to assault weapons
CLAIM: A New York bill would make it a felony to buy more than 20 rounds of ammunition over a six month period.
AP ASSESSMENT: Mixed. Bill A-01724 in the New York State legislature would...
Photo of debris-filled park not taken after climate change demonstration
CLAIM: Photo shows park littered with debris after a demonstration against climate change Friday.
AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. The photo was captured months ago, in Hyde Park, London, following a...
Image manipulated to show teen climate activist with billionaire George Soros
CLAIM: Photo shows Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg with billionaire liberal philanthropist George Soros.
AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. The photo was manipulated to include...
Photo manipulated to alter ‘Trump girl 2020’ message
CLAIM: Photo shows six women wearing T-shirts that say “I’m a racist b---h 2020,” with an image of a red, white and blue stiletto heel.
AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. The photo was manipulated to...
Photo caption wrongly identifies woman in photo as CIA director
CLAIM: Photo shows CIA Director Gina Haspel, a Trump appointee, giving a thumbs up next to the body of a tortured and electrocuted Iraqi man in Abu Ghraib prison.
Somali gang not responsible for recent attacks in Minneapolis
CLAIM: Video shows a Somali gang violently beating and robbing a man, part of a recent wave of violent attacks in downtown Minneapolis.
AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. Minneapolis police have “no...
False claim suggests Beto O’Rourke was convicted of a felony
CLAIM: Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke is a convicted felon who can’t own a gun, and while campaigning for president has said he will send men house-to-house to take away...
Man not banned from Walmart because of store’s gun policy change
CLAIM: Video clip shows a man being told he is banned from Walmart for failing to comply with the store’s new no carry policy.
AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. The man was banned from Walmart before...
Fears of leprosy outbreak in Los Angeles unfounded
CLAIM: Leprosy is making a comeback in Los Angeles and the city is at risk for an outbreak
AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. The number of leprosy cases in Los Angeles County has stayed consistent...
Image distorts Rep. Omar’s 9/11 remarks
CLAIM: Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota said “My people did something,” in reference to the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. An image circulating on Facebook that shows the...
Video does not show missile hitting the Pentagon on 9/11
CLAIM: Video shows footage of a missile hitting the Pentagon on 9/11.
AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. The video shows American Airlines Flight 77 crashing into the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001, not a...
Photo does not show President Reagan meeting with the Taliban
CLAIM: Photo shows former President Ronald Reagan meeting with Taliban leaders during his presidency.
AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. The photo, taken in 1983, shows Reagan meeting with Afghan...
Image does not show Hurricane Dorian arriving in Florida
CLAIM: Photo of a massive, cyclone-like cloud shows Hurricane Dorian hovering over the Bahamas as it approaches the Florida coast.
AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. The image, a digital art work, was...
Fabricated tweet falsely claims Hillary Clinton solicited hurricane donations
CLAIM: Hillary Clinton tweeted on Sunday, “Hurricane Dorian has already devastated the Bahamas and is about to devastate the Great State of Florida. Please help us help the victims by giving a...
Photographs do not show airborne dolphins in the midst of Hurricane Dorian
CLAIM: Two photographs show dolphins caught high above the water in Hurricane Dorian’s winds.
AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. The photos were manipulated to add an image of a dolphin. They were...
Manufactured tweet attributed to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
CLAIM: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted Aug. 30: “I see people are rushing out to fill up their cars for this hurricane at the gas station. This wouldn’t be an issue if they had electric...
Video does not show a xenophobic attack in South Africa
CLAIM: Video shows South Africans setting a man on fire in a xenophobic attack.
AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. South African police say the video, taken in January, shows an incident of “mob...
Video of people jumping from a fiery building was not taken in South Africa
CLAIM: Video shows a South Africa mall ablaze with people leaping from the building amid civil unrest in the country.
AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. The video circulating widely on Facebook was...
Photo does not show a hospital room after shooting victims treated in Odessa, Texas
CLAIM: A photo showing a hospital room in disarray with blood pooled on the floor was taken following the recent mass shooting in Odessa, Texas.
Photo shows damage after 2018 storm, not Hurricane Dorian
CLAIM: Photo shows damage to properties in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian in the northern Bahamas on the Abaco Islands.
AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. The photo shows devastation in Florida...
Take a breath: the Amazon does not produce 20% of the world’s oxygen
CLAIM: The Amazon rainforest _ “the lungs of the Earth” _ produces 20% of the planet’s oxygen.
AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. Scientists say while the Amazon is important to the world’s ecosystem,...
Video does not show August airstrike on Syria’s capital
CLAIM: Video shows an Israeli airstrike on the Syrian capital of Damascus in August.
AP'S ASSESSMENT: False. The video is old. It dates to September 2018, and is circulating on social media...
Video does not show a fire being set by helicopter in the Amazon
CLAIM: Video shows a helicopter setting fire to the Amazon rainforest in Brazil.
AP ASSESSMENT: False. The video shows a helicopter participating in an effort to contain a wildfire in the...
Soldier not rescuing jaguar from the water during recent Amazon fires
CLAIM: Photo shows a jaguar being rescued from a body of water during recent fires in the Amazon.
AP ASSESSMENT: False. The image was taken in 2016 by Brazilian photographer None Mangueira...
Video does not show a woman distraught about a fire in the Amazon
CLAIM: Video shows a woman from the Pataxo indigenous tribe in Brazil, crying as she points to a fire burning behind her in the Amazon rainforest.
Obama did not sign a law allowing propaganda in the U.S.
CLAIM: Former President Barack Obama signed a law in 2012 allowing government propaganda in the U.S., and making it “perfectly legal for the media to purposely lie to the American...
Olive Garden has not donated to Trump’s 2020 campaign
CLAIM: Olive Garden is “funding” President Donald Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign.
AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. The Olive Garden said in a statement to The Associated Press that the company...