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These Stairs Were Built In Old Homes to ‘Confuse or Trap Witches’?

Claim: Alternate-tread staircases were originally constructed in old homes to “confuse or trap witches.” Rating: According to social media posts across TikTok, Instagram, Facebook and Reddit, some houses were built with a special kind of staircase to supposedly confuse “witches.” For instance, on June 30, 2024, a popular X post allegedly showed the “witches’ stairs,” which, according to the […]

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No, Taylor Swift Hasn’t Endorsed Biden for 2024 Presidential Election

Claim: An online graphic authentically shows Taylor Swift endorsing Joe Biden for the 2024 presidential election, saying: “Under their leadership, I believe America has a chance to start the healing process it so desperately needs.” Rating: Context Swift had not announced who she is endorsing for the 2024 elections, as of this writing. She made

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Dick Cheney Once Called Trump the Greatest Threat to US Since Its Founding?

Claim: Former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney said, “In our nation’s 246-year history, there has never been an individual who is a greater threat to our republic than Donald Trump.” Rating: What’s True The quote is authentic — that is, a video of Cheney saying it is real. He recorded the video to support the

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Trump’s Name Appears 312 Times in Project 2025 Document?

Claim: Former U.S. President Donald Trump’s name is listed 312 times in Project 2025’s policy document. Rating: What’s True The word “Trump” appears 312 times in Project 2025’s policy document “Mandate for Leadership 2025: The Conservative Promise.” However … What’s False … in two instances, “trump” does not refer to the former president: Once it

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No, Biden Didn’t Say, ‘Let Me Say This as Clearly and Simply as I Can: [Inaudible]’

Claim: An authentic BBC graphic quoted U.S. President Joe Biden as saying, “Let me say this as clearly and simply as I can: [inaudible].” Rating: In July 2024, a viral post purported to share a real graphic from British broadcaster BBC News, quoting U.S. President Joe Biden as saying “inaudible” during a speech, as though

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Shaq Threw Joy Behar Out of His Restaurant and Banned Her for Life?

Claim: Former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal threw “The View” television co-host Joy Behar out of his restaurant and banned her for life. Rating: On July 8, 2024, the Facebook page The Patriots Lovers posted a meme claiming former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal threw “The View” co-host Joy Behar out of one of his restaurants. The meme read, “Shaq

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Snopes Launches FactBot, an AI Service to Fact-Check Your Questions

After months of fine-tuning, Snopes has launched FactBot, its first-ever artificial intelligence (AI) tool to fact-check your burning questions about online rumors. Type a phrase such as “Is Bigfoot real?” or “Is the house in Home Alone a real house in Illinois?” and the bot will search Snopes archives, give you an answer and let you

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Kurt Russell Joins Roseanne Barr and Tim Allen’s New ‘Woke-Free Actors Alliance’?

Claim: Actor Kurt Russell has joined actors Roseanne Barr and Tim Allen’s new “Woke-Free Actors Alliance,” a platform for artists who feel marginalized in Hollywood. Rating: On June 29, 2024, the website SpaceXMania published an article positing that actor Kurt Russell had teamed up with Roseanne Barr and Tim Allen in a new “Woke-Free Actors Alliance.” 

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Miss Thailand Wore Dress Made of Soda Can Tabs to Honor Her Garbage-Collector Parents?

Claim: Miss Thailand wore a dress made of soda can tabs as a tribute to her parents, who worked as garbage collectors. Rating: Context Anna Sueangam-iam did not explicitly state that the dress was “a tribute to her parents who worked as garbage collectors.” However, in an Instagram post she wrote that it was inspired

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