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1 July 2022

Fake post about a missing child is spreading on Facebook

The post contains a link to a false article about a missing child which may be from an unsafe website.

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Fake post about a missing child is spreading on Facebook
30 June 2022

Announcement of Prince Philip’s death on BBC is edited

The announcement of the Duke of Edinburgh’s death did appear abruptly on the radio station, but not quite in the way the viral clip suggests.

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Announcement of Prince Philip’s death on BBC is edited
30 June 2022

Argentina is not giving all its citizens a 40-day public holiday so they can watch the World Cup

Claims that the entire nation of Argentina will begin a 40-day public holiday in November so citizens can watch the World Cup are untrue.

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Argentina is not giving all its citizens a 40-day public holiday so they can watch the World Cup
30 June 2022

An image of a rock shaped like an elephant has been digitally altered

The original image shows a real UNESCO world heritage site in Greece.

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An image of a rock shaped like an elephant has been digitally altered
29 June 2022

Fake claims about McDonald’s ingredients are recirculating on Facebook

A post claiming that only 15% of McDonald’s beef was found to be beef, and that its sauces and spices contained pork grease is not correct.

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Fake claims about McDonald’s ingredients are recirculating on Facebook
29 June 2022

Football clip doesn’t show on-loan player scoring to relegate parent club

An Instagram post incorrectly claims that the clip shows a player scoring a goal that relegated his parent club.

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Football clip doesn’t show on-loan player scoring to relegate parent club
29 June 2022

Microwaves don’t make food ‘highly toxic’

A video on Instagram falsely claims that microwave ovens destroy all the nutritional value in food and turn it into a “toxin”.

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Microwaves don’t make food ‘highly toxic’
29 June 2022

Social media posts claim ethanol is being added to petrol to increase sales

Although added ethanol does slightly reduce cars’ fuel economy, the government has said this is being done in order to reduce net carbon emissions.

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Social media posts claim ethanol is being added to petrol to increase sales
28 June 2022

The number of people in poverty has remained relatively stable since 2010

SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford claimed last week that the Conservatives have “pushed millions of people into poverty”.

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The number of people in poverty has remained relatively stable since 2010
28 June 2022

Old image of Glastonbury aftermath re-emerges on social media

A photo of rubbish at the Glastonbury festival site used to criticise environmental campaigning is actually from 2015.

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Old image of Glastonbury aftermath re-emerges on social media
28 June 2022

Picture of huge shark is fake

The picture has been circulating online since at least 2016.

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Picture of huge shark is fake
28 June 2022

Covid vaccines won’t stop people getting pregnant

There’s no evidence the vaccines affect fertility.

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Covid vaccines won’t stop people getting pregnant

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