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Hurricane Ian shark goes viral—after years of fake claims (updated)

Guess they really jumped the shark.

On Sep 28, 2022 by Jacob Seitz

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Woman says she was fired after awkward Zoom work call with boss. Another TikToker is calling her out for allegedly staging the whole thing

'That's the thing about social media—you never know if someone's telling the truth.'

On Aug 10, 2022 by Cecilia Lenzen

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Pro-Russian ‘TikTok warlord’ accused of staging trip to Ukraine for invasion clout

Internet sleuths believe Ramzan Kadyrov staged the whole thing.

On Mar 30, 2022 by Claire Goforth

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‘Just add salt and sugar with water’: This ‘instant snow’ hoax is massively viral on TikTok

TikTokers are claiming to make a snow-like substance.

On Mar 16, 2022 by Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

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Police: Parents claim that disabled child was abused at school with face mask ‘unfounded’

The viral claim was promoted on Fox News and allowed the parents to raise over $100,000.

On Nov 28, 2021 by Dan Latu

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Lincoln Project has people stand in front of Glenn Youngkin bus with tiki torches for some reason

Conservatives accused the Virginia Democrats of posing as white supremacists to frame Youngkin.

On Oct 29, 2021 by Mikael Thalen, David Covucci

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A Texas man used Facebook to scare people away from grocery stores as the pandemic started—he’s going to prison for it

He claimed he was doing it for good.

On Oct 5, 2021 by Mikael Thalen

'1F' written in snow on top of a garbage can

Woman’s TikTok about ‘1F’ stokes fear—and misinformation

The mysterious marking freaked people out. But it's tied to misinfo about trafficking.

On Jan 21, 2021 by Audra Schroeder

ronnie mcnutt faked death conspiracy theory

No, Ronnie McNutt did not fake his own death

A troll set up an account in McNutt's name to start the conspiracy that his suicide video is fake.

On Sep 9, 2020 by Eilish O'Sullivan

Selene Delgado Lopez conspiracy

Don’t fall for this Selene Delgado Lopez Facebook hoax

A woman by the same name went missing 30 years ago.

On Sep 5, 2020 by Onaje McDowelle

BethAnn McLaughlin

ASU professor who ‘died’ of coronavirus never existed

The fake Twitter account was created by a famous, award-winning scientist.

On Aug 5, 2020 by Nahila Bonfiglio

ellen degeneres hoax twitter

#RIPEllen is trending, but Ellen DeGeneres isn’t dead

No, she didn't fall off a roof.

On Jul 7, 2020 by Audra Schroeder

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Andy Ngo’s Post Millennial busted for publishing story by fake person (updated)

Doing media is harder than you think.

On Jul 7, 2020 by David Covucci

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez next to a Mark Levin tweet

Conservatives fall for fake AOC tweet about keeping lockdowns up to hurt Trump

The conservatives eventually realized that sharing unverified screenshots isn't the smartest move.

On Jun 23, 2020 by Mikael Thalen

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People love this epic customer takedown by Costco—only it’s not real

A Facebook post shows Costco dragging a customer named Sharon after she complained about its mask policy.

On May 7, 2020 by Mikael Thalen