Latest Misinformation News

Facebook bans German accounts under new 'social harm' policy

Sep. 16, 2021 18:20 PM EDT

Facebook removed almost 150 accounts and pages linked to anti-lockdown demonstrators in Germany, the company announced Thursday, under a new policy focused on groups that spread misinformation or incite violence but who don't fit into the platform's existing categories of bad actors. ...

Democrats call oil giants to testify on climate campaign

Sep. 16, 2021 14:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Democrats are calling top executives at ExxonMobil and other oil giants to testify at a House hearing as lawmakers investigate what they say is a long-running, industry-wide campaign to spread disinformation about the role of fossil fuels in causing global...

Cyprus top court weighs Briton's false rape claim conviction

Sep. 16, 2021 07:21 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Lawyers for a British woman sentenced to a four-month suspended sentence for making up claims that she was gang raped by as many as a dozen Israelis during a vacation in Cyprus in 2019 are appealing to the country’s Supreme Court to overturn the conviction. ...

White House offers Nicki Minaj call to answer vaccine Qs

Sep. 15, 2021 20:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House offered Wednesday to connect Nicki Minaj with one of the Biden administration’s doctors to address her questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, after the Trinidadian-born rapper’s erroneous tweet alleging the vaccine causes impotence went viral. ...

Former Trump official working on Wisconsin election probe

Sep. 15, 2021 15:37 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Republican attorney who worked in former President Donald Trump’s administration and falsely claimed the 2020 election was stolen in Wisconsin appears to have been hired to help with the taxpayer-funded investigation into how the election was run. ...

Pizza entrepreneur gets prison for fraud in loan program

Sep. 14, 2021 17:05 PM EDT

MACOMB TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A Detroit-area pizza entrepreneur was sentenced to more than two years in prison Tuesday for committing fraud while seeking more than $900,000 in government-backed loans during the coronavirus pandemic. Mike Bischoff received approximately...

Ad falsely claims Connecticut politician has criminal record

Sep. 14, 2021 09:07 AM EDT

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — An online political ad falsely claimed that a Bridgeport city councilwoman had a criminal record after the organization that placed the ad confused her with another person with the same name. Hearst Connecticut Media...

FACT FOCUS: Walmart quashes cryptocurrency partnership claim

Sep. 13, 2021 17:23 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart denied any partnership with the digital currency Litecoin after a fake news release led to a brief flurry of inaccurate reports from national news outlets and social media users on Monday. A news release claiming a partnership between Walmart and...

Board: Docs can lose license spreading faux vaccine info

Sep. 10, 2021 13:07 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Physicians who spread misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine could now have their license to practice medicine suspended or completely revoked, according to a new policy adopted by the Mississippi State Board of Medical Licensure. The policy,...

Time, misinfo complicate teaching 9/11 to kids born after it

Sep. 09, 2021 22:23 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Nagla Bedir didn't discuss Sept. 11 with her New Jersey high school students last year. Mid-pandemic, with remote learning, it wasn't a conversation she wanted to have via computer screen. But this year, returning to the classroom just after the end of America's...