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The QAnon Movement
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A collection of FactChecks on false and misleading information spread by the QAnon movement, as reported by FactCheck.Org and other reliable sources:
FACTCHECK.ORG - 9/29/2020
FACTCHECK.ORG - 5/29/2020
Social media posts incorrectly claim that Minneapolis police license plates “dont say POLICE,” and that proves the death of George Floyd was a planned event. Actually, many police vehicles in Minneapolis have that license plate. | READ MORE
FACTCHECK.ORG - 7/24/2020
A popular post on social media pages for conspiracy theorists claims that a mobile COVID-19 testing station bears a logo that depicts an ancient deity of death. It actually shows an aardvark, which is the name of the company that designs and manufactures the trucks. | READ MORE
FACTCHECK.ORG - 8/11/2020
Kamala Harris, former Vice President Joe Biden’s running mate, is eligible to serve as U.S. president, contrary to the false claims of viral posts on Facebook. Her mother is from India and her father from Jamaica — but Harris was born in Oakland, California. | READ MORE
FACTCHECK.ORG - 9/23/2020
A viral image on Facebook falsely suggests a vaccine exists for the novel coronavirus by referencing a photo of a vaccine for a coronavirus that infects dogs. The two viruses are not the same. | READ MORE
FACTCHECK.ORG - 10/2/2020
The news that President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump contracted the novel coronavirus led to a wave of social media posts spreading misinformation — and politically charged speculation.
Some of posts tapped into baseless conspiracy theories, and others shared outright falsehoods, as we’ll explain. | READ MORE
FACTCHECK.ORG - 9/21/2020
Instagram posts erroneously claim the “SAME DOCTOR” performed the autopsies on “JFK, MLK, Epstein, AND George Floyd.” The doctor referenced, pathologist Michael Baden, has connections to those four cases — but he only performed an autopsy on Floyd, as a secondary examination for Floyd’s family. | READ MORE
FACTCHECK.ORG - 8/26/2020
A baseless conspiracy theory on Facebook suggests that the California wildfires were started by a “powerful laser.” The meme spreading the theory uses the same photos that circulated in 2018 to advance a similar claim. | READ MORE
FACTCHECK.ORG - 9/23/2020
After Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death, social media users reprised a false claim about the late Supreme Court justice — arguing she wanted to “lower the age of consent for sex to 12.” The old falsehood is a distortion of a report she co-authored in the 1970s on sex bias in federal laws. | READ MORE
FACTCHECK.ORG - 10/12/2018
Q: Did Nancy Pelosi describe how the Democrats use a tactic called the “wrap-up smear” to attack political opponents?
A: No. Pelosi was describing a tactic that she anticipated Republicans would use against her in 2018. Her remarks were taken out of context in a viral video. | READ MORE
FACTCHECK.ORG - 9/16/2020
Viral text posts are advancing the groundless claim that George Floyd’s arrest and death in Minneapolis were “staged” to incite “racial tensions.” But they offer no evidence to support that conspiracy theory. | READ MORE
FACTCHECK.ORG - 6/12/2020
False claims that nearly everyone involved in George Floyd’s death — including Floyd — are “crisis actors” have spread widely online. But the pictures that supposedly prove this theory actually show unrelated people. | READ MORE
FACTCHECK.ORG - 9/15/2020
There is no evidence to support claims that Hillary Clinton sent fellow Democrat Donna Brazile a profane email in 2016, calling Donald Trump a “bastard” and saying “we’re all going to hang from nooses” if he wins the election. | READ MORE
FACTCHECK.ORG - 7/17/2020
An image circulating on social media claims to show former President Barack Obama, Dr. Anthony Fauci and Melinda Gates at the “Wuhan lab in 2015.” The photo was actually taken at the National Institutes of Health campus in Maryland — and Melinda Gates is not in the picture. | READ MORE
FACTCHECK.ORG - 1/27/2020
A post on Facebook falsely claims comedian Sam Hyde is responsible for the spread of the new coronavirus. Researchers are still working to determine the source of this latest coronavirus, though evidence suggests it was first transmitted to humans from an animal. | READ MORE
FACTCHECK.ORG - 6/1/2020
President Donald Trump has made false statements and implications about how three Democratic officials responded to violent protests that followed George Floyd’s death in police custody in Minneapolis:
- Trump said the mayor of Washington, D.C., “wouldn’t let the D.C. Police get involved” during a turbulent protest outside the White House. The Secret Service said the local police were involved.
- Trump urged Philadelphia officials to call in the National Guard to help stop looting — hours after they had already done so.
- Trump said Minneapolis had been too slow to bring in the National Guard, and again got the timeline wrong.
FACTCHECK.ORG - 7/1/2020
A Christian blogger writing for The Daily Jot accused former President Barack Obama in 2017 of running a “shadow government.” The blog post has been recirculating lately on social media, but it is falsely attributed to the late Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Charles Krauthammer. | READ MORE
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