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Conspiracy theories about FEMA’s Oct. 4 emergency alert test spread online

CLAIM: An emergency broadcast system test on Oct. 4 will send a signal to cell phones nationwide in order to activate nanoparticles such as graphene oxide that have been introduced into people’s bodies. AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. Next month’s test of the nationwide Emergency Alert System uses the same familiar audio tone that’s been in use …

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Arizona’s governor hasn’t been ‘indicted’ by the state senate, contrary to viral claim

Social media users are falsely claiming that Arizona’s governor has been “indicted” by local lawmakers. Here are the facts: CLAIM: Gov. Katie Hobbs has been indicted on racketeering conspiracy charges by the state senate. AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. The Republican leadership in Arizona’s state Senate say no such indictment has been issued, and the state legislature …

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An AI image of Sen. Rand Paul in a bathrobe is circulating online after Senate drops dress code

CLAIM: A photo shows U.S. Sen. Rand Paul sitting on the Capitol steps in a red bathrobe. AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. A podcaster and political commentator confirms he created the image using artificial intelligence-generated software. More fact checks Fabricated video spreads false report that a member of Ukraine’s UN delegation got into a bar fightNo, Biden …

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Posts mislead on Mayo Clinic’s hydroxychloroquine webpage

CLAIM: The Mayo Clinic “quietly” updated its website in 2023 to say that hydroxychloroquine can now be used to treat COVID-19. AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. A page about hydroxychloroquine on the hospital system’s website included outdated guidance that the malaria drug “may also be used to treat coronavirus (COVID-19) in certain hospitalized patients.” But archives show …

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Videos of homeless housing in Hawaii and California misrepresented online as FEMA camps

CLAIM: A video shows “concentration camps” that the Federal Emergency Management Agency is building in Hawaii. AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. The video includes snippets from at least three separate housing projects that FEMA was not involved in. One clip shows “tiny homes” built in Hawaii for military veterans and homeless people. Another depicts a California city’s …

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No, Biden is not warning the US to prepare for a food shortage amid a migrant influx

CLAIM: President Joe Biden is warning Americans to prepare for a food shortage in 2023 amid “rising COVID numbers” and an “immigrant influx.” AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. Biden has made no such statement recently. In March 2022, he was asked about what the U.S. would do in response to wheat shortages expected to impact many countries …

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Fabricated video spreads false report that a member of Ukraine’s UN delegation got into a bar fight

CLAIM: A video published by USA Today reports that a member of the Ukrainian delegation to the United Nations General Assembly got into a “drunken brawl” on Sept. 21 at The Campbell, a bar in New York City. AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. USA Today did not make the video, a spokesperson for the news outlet said, …

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