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Jimmy Carter death hoax tricks social media users

Jimmy Carter death hoax tricks social media users

AAP FACTCHECK – Former US president Jimmy Carter has apparently died, according to a statement doing the rounds on social media. This is false. The statement about the former Democrat president is fake, posted by a user to see if people would fall for sensationalist headlines. The claim appears in Facebook posts featuring an image resembling an ...
Swingers picture book is meant for adults, not kids

Swingers picture book is meant for adults, not kids

AAP FACTCHECK – A picture book called ‘Mom and Dad’s Swinger Party’ is being used as evidence that children are being targeted with sexualised reading material. This is misleading. The book is one of dozens with risque themes written by a Canadian comedian for adult audiences, not children. Clearly, not everybody gets the joke. Facebook posts feature ...
AI experts weigh in on bogus before-and-after diet images

AI experts weigh in on bogus before-and-after diet images

AAP FACTCHECK – Dozens of Facebook users are sharing supposed before-and-after photographs of their fast and drastic weight loss transformations. But the images are fake. Experts say they have been created using artificial intelligence (AI) technology, with telltale features including floating hair, fake shadows and malformed hands. The posts feature ...
No, Trump shooter was not a transgender woman

No, Trump shooter was not a transgender woman

AAP FACTCHECK – The shooter responsible for Donald Trump’s attempted assassination was supposedly a transgender woman, according to posts on social media. Users are pointing to an image, originally posted to a social media account of a transgender woman called Rose, claiming it depicts Thomas Crooks. This is false. AAP FactCheck spoke to Rose on July ...
Kamala Harris is eligible for the presidency, despite false claims

Kamala Harris is eligible for the presidency, despite false claims

AAP FACTCHECK – False claims about US Vice President Kamala Harris have emerged online after she became the Democrats’ likely presidential nominee. Social media posts claim Ms Harris is ineligible to run for US president because she’s not a “natural born citizen”.  This is false. The vice president was born in California and is eligible to run. “Kamala ...
No, the Pope didn’t declare Lucifer is God

No, the Pope didn’t declare Lucifer is God

AAP FACTCHECK – The Pope has sensationally declared Lucifer as God of the Catholic Church, social media users are claiming.  The claim is false. It is based on a misinterpretation of a single line in a hymn, confusing the Latin for “Morning Star” with “Lucifer” as one of the Devil’s proper names. The bizarre declaration is made in an Instagram post ...

Jimmy Carter death hoax tricks social media users

Jimmy Carter death hoax tricks social media users
AAP FACTCHECK – Former US president Jimmy Carter has apparently died, according to a statement doing the rounds on social media. This is false. The statement about the former Democrat president is fake, posted by a user to see if people would fall for sensationalist headlines. The claim appears in Facebook posts featuring an image resembling an ...

Swingers picture book is meant for adults, not kids

Swingers picture book is meant for adults, not kids
AAP FACTCHECK – A picture book called ‘Mom and Dad’s Swinger Party’ is being used as evidence that children are being targeted with sexualised reading material. This is misleading. The book is one of dozens with risque themes written by a Canadian comedian for adult audiences, not children. Clearly, not everybody gets the joke. Facebook posts feature ...

AI experts weigh in on bogus before-and-after diet images

AI experts weigh in on bogus before-and-after diet images
AAP FACTCHECK – Dozens of Facebook users are sharing supposed before-and-after photographs of their fast and drastic weight loss transformations. But the images are fake. Experts say they have been created using artificial intelligence (AI) technology, with telltale features including floating hair, fake shadows and malformed hands. The posts feature ...

No, Trump shooter was not a transgender woman

No, Trump shooter was not a transgender woman
AAP FACTCHECK – The shooter responsible for Donald Trump’s attempted assassination was supposedly a transgender woman, according to posts on social media. Users are pointing to an image, originally posted to a social media account of a transgender woman called Rose, claiming it depicts Thomas Crooks. This is false. AAP FactCheck spoke to Rose on July ...

Kamala Harris is eligible for the presidency, despite false claims

Kamala Harris is eligible for the presidency, despite false claims
AAP FACTCHECK – False claims about US Vice President Kamala Harris have emerged online after she became the Democrats’ likely presidential nominee. Social media posts claim Ms Harris is ineligible to run for US president because she’s not a “natural born citizen”.  This is false. The vice president was born in California and is eligible to run. “Kamala ...

No, the Pope didn’t declare Lucifer is God

No, the Pope didn’t declare Lucifer is God
AAP FACTCHECK – The Pope has sensationally declared Lucifer as God of the Catholic Church, social media users are claiming.  The claim is false. It is based on a misinterpretation of a single line in a hymn, confusing the Latin for “Morning Star” with “Lucifer” as one of the Devil’s proper names. The bizarre declaration is made in an Instagram post ...