CLAIM: Photo shows a rally for former President Donald Trump in Waukesha, Wisconsin, on Aug. 5, 2022.
CLAIM: Animal studies for COVID-19 vaccines were “stopped” because the animals were dying.
AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. None of the manufacturers of the COVID-19 vaccines used in the U.S.
CLAIM: The Earth is spinning faster and days are getting shorter, a change that is noticeable and cause for immediate concern.
AP’S ASSESSMENT: Missing context.
CLAIM: A recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that unvaccinated COVID-19 patients remain contagious for less time than those who were vaccinated or had received booster shots.
CLAIM: Video shows farmers in Ukraine working in a burning field amid the war with Russia.
AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. The video of the burning field was filmed in the Crystal Township in Montcalm County, Michigan.
CLAIM: Video shows World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus saying he isn’t vaccinated against COVID-19.
AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. The clip is from a documentary that shows Ghebreyesus championing COVID-19 vaccines and saying, at one point, that he had waited for better global vaccine equity before receiving his own shot.
CLAIM: Bull shark sightings have been confirmed in the Great Lakes.
AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. Bull shark sightings have been confirmed in the Mississippi River as far north as Alton, Illinois, but reports of the sharks being found in the Great Lakes are either hearsay or hoaxes, multiple experts told The Associated Press.
CLAIM: Video shows China’s military exercise in Taiwan after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit.
AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. The video was filmed in November 2020, and shows a live fire exercise carried out by the Taiwanese army in Matsu, a group of islands off the country’s coast.
CLAIM: A BBC graphic that cites health officials advises that monkeypox is a “form of herpes,” travels in the air over distances of up to 15 feet and lasts two to four months.
CLAIM: At the Huntington Place ballot counting site in Detroit after the Aug. 2 election, at least 50% of ballots lacked evidence of signature verification, and large bags and coolers under tables caused a security issue.
CLAIM: U.S. Border Patrol agents are giving Social Security numbers to immigrants who cross the border into the U.S. without authorization.
CLAIM: Video shows the U.S. Navy near Taiwan ahead of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit.
AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. A spokesperson for the Navy confirmed to The Associated Press that the video was filmed on Sept.
CLAIM: A photo shows Melania Trump with a shovel at Ivana Trump’s gravesite.
AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. The image has been manipulated to combine three separate photos.
CLAIM: An Irish news site published a headline claiming, “Monkeypox can live on door handles and toilet seats for 120 years and can infect anyone from 5 miles away.”
CLAIM: Monkeypox can only be spread among gay men.
AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. While the overwhelming majority of cases in the current outbreak in the U.S.
CLAIM: Dominion voting machines in El Paso County, Colorado, failed an accuracy test during preparations for a recount following the June 2022 primary election.
CLAIM: A congressional bill to ban certain semi-automatic weapons would “turn 150 million Americans into felons overnight.”
CLAIM: A Washington Post columnist published an opinion article with the headline: “To save democracy, Biden must cancel the midterms.”
CLAIM: The Atlantic magazine published a story with the headline, “The Quiet Courage of Biden’s Negative Growth Economy.”
AP'S ASSESSMENT: False. The Atlantic did not publish such an article and an image purporting to show a screenshot of the headline has been fabricated, a spokesperson for the publication confirmed to The Associated Press.
CLAIM: A video of a helicopter setting treetops ablaze is proof that wildfires being attributed to climate change are actually set intentionally.
CLAIM: Three doctors at one hospital system in Canada recently died from COVID-19 vaccine shots.
AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. The hospital system for which the doctors worked called such claims “simply not true.” Public information about the deaths indicates that two died from cancer.
CLAIM: Video shows Kenya Deputy President William Ruto saying, “I have grown my career from corruption.”
AP’S ASSESSMENT: Altered video.
CLAIM: Russia has “officially expelled” the World Health Organization and “closed all of its offices in Moscow.”
AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. The WHO continues to operate offices in Russia, the organization confirmed to The Associated Press.
CLAIM: A headline on People magazine’s website reports that Klondike’s Choco Tacos were discontinued in response to the “woke mob” and recent allegations of “cultural appropriation.”
CLAIM: Michigan news outlets released election results a week before the state’s primary, which is proof of election fraud.
CLAIM: Video shows Koko, a famous gorilla who learned and communicated with sign language, delivering her “last words to humanity,” which involved saying people needed to “fix,” “help,” and “protect” Earth.
CLAIM: A video shows Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal collapsing at a press conference because of COVID-19 vaccine side effects.
CLAIM: “Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the current director of the World Health Organization (WHO) has been arrested by Interpol and is being held in prison for crimes against humanity and genocide.”
CLAIM: Plankton in the Atlantic Ocean is 90% gone.
AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. This claim is based on a misrepresentation of a limited survey that reviewed water samples for plankton in a section of the Atlantic Ocean.
CLAIM: Consuming pineapple juice, sesame seeds, parsley water with lemon or large amounts of aspirin are viable methods to end a pregnancy.
CLAIM: Freedom of Information Act requests show a dozen phone calls between Ray Epps’ cell phone and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office a week before the Capitol insurrection on Jan.
CLAIM: Walgreens employees can refuse to sell customers contraceptives such as condoms if doing so conflicts with their religious beliefs.
AP’S ASSESSMENT: Missing context.
CLAIM: Climate change is not happening, nor are humans causing significant global warming. There is also no scientific consensus that climate change is occurring.
CLAIM: The U.S. military found that COVID-19 vaccines for children contain the drug scopolamine.
AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. The COVID-19 vaccines don’t contain scopolamine, according to experts and the U.S.
CLAIM: Former President Donald Trump in a statement wished President Joe Biden a speedy recovery from COVID-19 and referred to his own fight against the virus as “Herculean.”
CLAIM: Photos taken a century apart at Fort Denison in Australia’s Sydney Harbor are proof that climate change has not led to higher sea levels there or at other monuments near water.
CLAIM: Michelle Obama’s mother stated in her will that possessions should go to her son, Michael Robinson Obama, proof the former first lady is biologically male.
CLAIM: A video shows tanks deployed in the streets of China’s Henan province to protect banks from protesters whose accounts have been frozen.
CLAIM: Using the new 988 mental health hotline “will automatically route your geolocation information to local authorities.”
CLAIM: A phone number on the back of Texas driver’s licenses provides free state-run roadside assistance funded by taxpayers.
AP’S ASSESSMENT: Partly false.
CLAIM: New coronavirus variants are as contagious as the measles virus, according to a measure of infectiousness known as “R0.”
AP’S ASSESSMENT: Missing context.
CLAIM: Image shows Antarctica from space.
AP’S ASSESSMENT: Missing context. The image is not a photograph, but a visualization of Antarctica created in 2007 using data from NASA’s Terra and Aqua satellites that orbit around Earth.
CLAIM: A Swedish study shows that Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine changes recipients' DNA.
AP'S ASSESSMENT: False. The study tested whether the vaccine’s mRNA could be converted to DNA, and found that this was the case in certain lab-altered liver cell lines under experimental conditions.
CLAIM: Video shows Dutch firefighters standing on their trucks as the lights flash and sirens blare, displaying solidarity with farmers who are protesting new environmental regulations in the country.
CLAIM: A 2019 clip of CNN election coverage shows a Republican gubernatorial candidate’s vote tally drop while his Democratic opponent’s total rises amid the ongoing count — evidence of fraud.
CLAIM: Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador endorsed Democratic candidate Beto O’Rourke for governor of Texas.
CLAIM: Video shows President Joe Biden giving the “same” speech months apart, in December 2021 and then in March.
AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. The video compares portions of remarks that Biden gave two days apart, in December.
CLAIM: “BREAKING: Pennsylvania counties will not be accepting mail-in ballots.”
AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. There’s no truth to claims that counties in Pennsylvania are doing away with mail-in voting.
CLAIM: A man who fired a handgun inside a Dallas-area gymnasium where children were attending a day camp exchanged gunfire with an armed staff member before he was fatally shot by police.