High Winds, Drought Conditions Led to Maui Fires, No Evidence Intentionally Set

Full Story Weather officials warned that conditions were perfect for wildfires, which led to the start of the Maui wildfires, which have killed over 110 people so far and are the deadliest in the United States in over a century. Update, October 31: As of late October, 99 people have died after the death toll […]

Ramaswamy’s Climate Change Spin

Self-described as a “unapologetic proponent of greater use of fossil fuels,” Republican contender for president Vivek Ramaswamy has frequently used erroneous or misleading data to minimize the risks associated with climate change. Former biotech businessman Ramaswamy gained notoriety for his remarks during the first Republican primary debate, particularly when he claimed that the climate change […]

Viral Post Uses Altered Audio of Interview with Greta Thunberg

Quick Take In a 2022 BBC interview, Greta Thunberg recounted the story of how she got started in environmental activism. However, a recent social media video purports to show that Thunberg advocated for the use of “vegan grenades” and eco-friendly military weaponry by misleadingly editing the audio from that interview. The modified film was first […]

FactChecking the Fourth GOP Primary Debate

Summary The following topics were discussed by the candidates in the final Republican presidential primary debate of 2023, including legal immigration, gender-affirming surgery, and more: Former US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley made selective comments that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis used to argue she was not against “gender mutilation for minors.” According to Haley, […]

Meme Makes Misleading Comparison to Cast Doubt on Climate Change

SciCheck Digest NASA reports that Earth is warming at its fastest rate in the past 10,000 years, and climate scientists agree that human activity is to blame for the shift. However, a social media meme attempts to discredit the veracity of climate change by distorting the opinions and media coverage of a climatologist who is […]

Taylor Swift Film Is Being Screened in Israel, Contrary to Online Post

Quick Take While some celebrities responded to the Israel-Hamas war with statements, a social media video circulated a false report that pop star Taylor Swift had stopped showing her new movie in Israel. However, it was showtime schedule technical issues that gave the impression that screenings were not available in Israel. The movie is still […]

Trump’s False Claim That U.S. Military Moving to Electric Tanks

In his rally speeches, former President Donald Trump has added a new claim to his repertoire: the Biden administration is switching the military to all-electric tanks. For Trump, the attack line is a trifecta: he is making the military appear “woke,” weakening President Joe Biden’s defense position, and making fun of Biden’s green energy initiatives. […]

COVID-19 Vaccination During Pregnancy Is Safe, Has Multiple Benefits

SciCheck Digest Pregnant individuals are better protected from severe COVID-19 by receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccinations can also lower a baby’s early hospitalization risk from COVID-19 when administered during pregnancy. Contrary to claims made on social media and online, a new study strengthens the evidence that vaccinations given to pregnant women are safe for […]

Trump’s Latest Election Fraud Spin

Former President Donald Trump made the deceptive claim that 3,600 illegally duplicated ballots were counted in Atlanta’s Fulton County during the 2020 presidential election in his most recent election fraud spin. He’s talking about news stories from months ago about mistakes that were made during an audit, not the official vote count. When state investigators […]

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