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World Feb 04Fake accounts gain traction as they praise China, mock U.S.
A pro-China network of fake and imposter accounts found a global audience on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter to mock the U.S. response to the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the deadly riot in Washington that left five dead, new research…
Health Dec 17Debunked COVID-19 myths survive online, despite facts
With the U.S., England and Canada now administering vaccines to millions of people, many falsehoods are seeing a resurgence online. Experts fear this could contribute to hesitancy over taking the vaccine.
Politics Nov 05False claims of Wisconsin voter fraud rely on wrong numbers
One tweet that went viral relied on outdated figures from 2018 to wrongly claim that the number of votes cast in the state exceeded the number of registered voters.
Nation Nov 03Pennsylvania emerges as online misinformation hot spot
Misleading claims have spread for hours on social media about polling machine outages in Scranton and a poll worker destroying ballots cast for President Donald Trump.
Politics Aug 14Trump advances false, racist Harris conspiracy
President Donald Trump on Thursday gave credence to a false and racist conspiracy theory about Kamala Harris’ eligibility to be vice president, fueling an online misinformation campaign that parallels the one he used to power his rise into politics.
Politics Jul 28WATCH: Trump defends disproved COVID-19 treatment
The Trump administration will begin allowing so-called “Dreamer” immigrants to renew their permits to remain and work in the U.S. for a year while it reviews a Supreme Court ruling.
Nation Jul 05Facebook groups pivot to attacks on Black Lives Matter
A loose network of Facebook groups that took root across the country in April to organize protests over coronavirus stay-at-home orders has become a hub of misinformation and conspiracy theories that have pivoted to a variety of new targets. Their…
Politics Jun 13AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s law and order and misinformation
Trump's week of law and order rhetoric came with heavy doses of misinformation as he stretched to blame unrest on radical leftists and to put three loaded words — “defund the police” — in the mouth of a Democratic rival…
Politics Apr 21Virus misinformation flourishes in online protest groups
A wave of Facebook groups launched by pro-gun advocacy groups and conservative activists has mobilized people to protest stay-at-home orders in states around the country. There's little basis in reality for many of the claims on the sites.
Politics Apr 03Trump administration tries to narrow stockpile’s role for states
Already facing growing anger and worry from governors over federal assistance to fight the coronavirus outbreak, the Trump administration on Friday abruptly changed its description of the Strategic National Stockpile and put forward a narrower vision of the role the…