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Moisture-Absorbent Tablet in Pregnancy Tests, Not ‘Hidden Plan B’ Pill

Moisture-Absorbent Tablet in Pregnancy Tests, Not ‘Hidden Plan B’ Pill

Pregnancy tests contain a desiccant tablet to absorb moisture and keep the test dry before use. But posts on social media falsely claim the tablet is a “hidden plan B” pill. Companies that produce pregnancy tests include a warning on their websites not to consume the desiccant tablets inside. 

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FactChecking the State of the Union

FactChecking the State of the Union

Biden's address to Congress included claims that didn't tell the full story.

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COVID-19 Vaccines Can Slightly Alter Menstrual Cycle Temporarily, But Don’t Harm Fertility

COVID-19 Vaccines Can Slightly Alter Menstrual Cycle Temporarily, But Don’t Harm Fertility

Research suggests COVID-19 vaccination can cause changes in a person’s menstrual cycle. But the changes are small and short-lived -- and studies have shown there’s no effect on fertility. Yet people on social media are suggesting the cycle changes are evidence of harm.

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FBI Reimbursed Twitter for Providing User Information

FBI Reimbursed Twitter for Providing User Information

In an email to a Twitter lawyer in February 2021, an unidentified Twitter employee wrote that the company had received over $3.4 million from the FBI since October 2019 as reimbursement for Twitter's processing of legal requests for user information. That is not evidence that the FBI paid Twitter to "censor" or "suppress" content.

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Post Misstates Quote from Starbucks CEO on Marriage

Post Misstates Quote from Starbucks CEO on Marriage

Starbucks has a long history of supporting LGBTQ rights and same-sex marriage. But a post on social media twists a 2013 statement from its CEO at the time to falsely claim he said don't buy Starbucks coffee "if you support traditional marriage."

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Hannity’s Dubious Claim About Studies Showing ‘No Systemic Racism in Policing’

Hannity’s Dubious Claim About Studies Showing ‘No Systemic Racism in Policing’

Discussing the fallout from the death of Tyre Nichols, Fox News' Sean Hannity said two academic studies found police officers are as or less likely to shoot Black suspects, showing, "There is no systemic racism in policing. It doesn't exist.” But that's not what the studies say.

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U.S. Spent Much More in Afghan War Than in Support for Ukraine So Far, Contrary to Online Claim

U.S. Spent Much More in Afghan War Than in Support for Ukraine So Far, Contrary to Online Claim

The U.S. spent more than $849 billion in the 20-year war in Afghanistan and has spent about $113 billion to support Ukraine since Russia invaded in 2022. But a video on social media falsely claims that the aid for Ukraine is "double the U.S. expenditure for its own war in Afghanistan."

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It’s Too Soon to Attribute the California Storms to Climate Change, Experts Say

It’s Too Soon to Attribute the California Storms to Climate Change, Experts Say

The relentless storms that hit California from Dec. 27 to Jan. 16 caused extreme flooding and extensive damage, killing at least 22 people. Climate scientists told us it’s too soon to know whether climate change had a role in this particular event, and if so, to what degree.

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Democrats Misleadingly Suggest Widespread GOP Support for FairTax Bill Unlikely to Become Law

Democrats Misleadingly Suggest Widespread GOP Support for FairTax Bill Unlikely to Become Law

Few Republican lawmakers have publicly supported the FairTax Act, but that hasn't stopped Democratic leaders from suggesting that the bill has wide support among congressional Republicans.

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Damar Hamlin Is Recovering and Has Appeared Publicly, Contrary to Online Claims

Damar Hamlin Is Recovering and Has Appeared Publicly, Contrary to Online Claims

Buffalo Bills player Damar Hamlin suffered a cardiac arrest Jan. 2 on the football field after being hit in the chest during a tackle. Hamlin was discharged from the hospital on Jan. 11 and has made several public appearances since then. But posts on social media falsely claim Hamlin died.

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The Washington Post

Fact-checking President Biden’s 2023 State of the Union address

Here's a roundup of 13 statements in Biden's State of the Union that were wrong or needed context.

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Did McCarthy 'Shush' Marjorie Taylor Greene Multiple Times During 2023 SOTU?

Speaker McCarthy can be seen attempting to quell heckles from the GOP caucus at least three times during Biden's 2023 State of the Union address.

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Does Photo Show DeSantis 'Grooming High School Girls with Alcohol as a Teacher'?

Former U.S. President Donald Trump shared the photo on Truth Social, and asked, "That's not Ron, is it? He would never do such a thing!"

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Did Rushdie Say 'Peaceful Muslims Don’t Matter' Because He Was Attacked by 'Just One Muslim'?

Author Salman Rushdie was stabbed on stage in August 2022 and spent weeks in a hospital.

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Did Someone Wear ‘Kamala Harris Mask’ to Pose as Her at 2023 SOTU Speech?

Beware of aging.

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Did Pfizer Sponsor the 2023 Grammy Awards?

The company sponsored the entire ceremony, not any specific performance.

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Is Jill Biden a Doctor?

It is not uncommon for those with doctoral degrees to use the title, “Dr.”

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Did Obama Say 'Don't Underestimate Joe's Ability to F*ck Things Up'?

We looked for the origins of a quote that said former U.S. President Barack Obama purportedly warned about U.S. President Joe Biden's abilities.

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Is This a Real Photograph of Bono, Paul McCartney, and Freddie Mercury Singing Together?

The singers came together for the Live Aid benefit concert in 1985.

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Does Video Show Dog Howling Before Earthquake in Turkey?

"He tried to warn them of the danger about to come before the earthquake hit," the video's caption read.

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Turkey Earthquake: Watch Out for Old, Unrelated Photos

A picture of a dog lying down on rubble next to a hand was shot years before the earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria in early February 2023.

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