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Did fake news on Facebook influence US elections in 2016?

I've encountered repeated references to fake news on Facebook influencing various elections. Example from a often quoted Facebook critique in Time Magazine: As a result, when confronted with ...
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Did Trump's inauguration have the “largest audience to ever witness an inauguration … both in person and around the globe”? [duplicate]

White House press secretary Sean Spicer claims that the audience for President Trump's inauguration was the: largest audience to ever witness an inauguration - period - both in person and around ...
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Is inflation in the US higher than government statistics suggest? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Does the US government voluntarily underreport inflation? The Consumer Price Index claims to reflect "changes in the prices paid by urban consumers for a representative basket ...
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Are the voting figures correct in this image about historical US decisions by party?

The following image promotes the Republican party over the Democratic party by looking at the support for some historical decisions. Are the figures presented correct? If you don't know please ...
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Have Democrats attacked Trump's proposed wall as “medieval”?

In this video President Trump says "They say a wall is medieval, well so is a wheel". The official transcript says: Democrats have refused to listen to the border agents, and they say this is a ...
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Does the US ban high-gas-mileage cars?

A recent YouTube video features a claim that the VW Passat TDI 1.6 and similar cars have been banned by the US government, specifically because their gas mileage is too high. The purported reasoning ...
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Does the UK send the EU £350 million a week?

I got this propaganda leaflet through my door today, this has been widely claimed by parties in favor of the British EU referendum: We send the EU £350 million a week - let's fund our NHS instead ...
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Is the British monarchy economically beneficial?

When considering the economic impact of the British royals on the economy/budget, a first thought might be that they cost the state money since they don't do any "real" work and yet live quite ...
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Does this photo show large crowds of protestors in Mexico?

I'm prompted to ask this question by a Facebook post by "US Uncut". [Image lost to link rot.] The Mexican media has blacking out the protests against their new government, who have been accused ...
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Did Mike Pence advocate conversion therapy for homosexuals?

It's not difficult to find image memes indicating that Mike Pence, our future vice-president for 2017-2020, advocates gay conversion therapy paid for by the government. Did he actually make that ...
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Does Gallup assume people answer honestly in their creationist vs. evolution polls?

A recent Gallup poll claims that 46% of Americans believe : God created human beings pretty much in their present form within the last 10,000 years or so It seems to me possible that, when asked ...
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Was the term “conspiracy theorist” made popular by the CIA?

I have seen the following infographic on facebook recently. The text reads: Did you know... The term "conspiracy theorist" was a term made popular by the CIA to stop critical thinkers from asking ...
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Did Marriott International issue a statement stating that they would decline any requests to use their U.S. hotels as detention facilities?

The following image has been floating around social media today (July 11, 2019) claiming to be a statement being made by Marriott International regarding them declining requests to use their U.S. ...
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Was there a deep US involvement with Saddam, Osama and Gaddafi?

U.S. Government Retirement Program SADDAM HUSSEIN "FRIEND" 1983 "RETIRED" 2006 OSAMA BIN LADEN "FRIEND" 1979 "RETIRED" 20?1 MUAMMAR GADDAFI "FRIEND" 2009 "RETIRED" 2011 The ...
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Is the US Government buying extra ammunition in order to deny it the Civilian Population

During a Press release today Senators Inhofe and Lucas accused the Department of Homeland Security of "limiting what’s available in the market with federal agencies purchasing unnecessary stockpiles ...
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Did the Syrian government use chemical weapons in Khan Shaykhun? [closed]

Since April 4th 2017, reports have been released about a chemical attack that is supposed to have occurred in a Syrian town called Khan Shaykhun. According to the BBC, "[t]he UK's foreign secretary, ...
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Is the derogatory meaning of the term “conspiracy theory” something that was specifically promoted by the CIA? [closed]

The German Wikipedia article "conspiracy theory" ("Verschwörungstheorie") says, roughly translated by me: Since about the early 1960s, the US government does not support conspiracy theories any ...
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Do 60% of US anti-vaxxers identify as politically liberal? [duplicate]

I found this claim among a survey of anti-vaxxers reported on qz 60% of anti-vaxxers describe their political leaning as liberal: Much of the other profile characterics reported there aren't ...