Fact Checks

FBI did not say most Antifa members work as teachers
Facebook and Instagram posts claim the FBI said people associated with the Antifa movement are most commonly employed as teachers. This is false; the FBI said it has not made any such statements about the occupations of those attracted to political ideologies like anti-fascism.

Misleading video uses footage of Fauci to criticize face mask use
A video viewed more than 2.5 million times on Facebook uses footage of Dr. Anthony Fauci to question his judgment and criticize face mask recommendations aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus. But one part omits a quote from the infectious diseases expert in which he supports masks, Fauci directly urges their use in another, and a third is months old and perpetuates outdated information that was changed as understanding of COVID-19 evolved.

Fox News star Tucker Carlson’s home was not targeted due to New York Times article
Social media users claim that Fox News star Tucker Carlson’s home was targeted by anti-fascist movement Antifa after The New York Times published his address. This is false; the article had not been published at the time the claims were made, making it impossible for Carlson’s home to have been targeted as a result.

Thermometer guns are safe to use, health experts say
A video has been viewed thousands of times on Facebook and YouTube alongside a claim that thermometer guns cause “damage” to the brain because they contain infrared radiation. The claim is false; experts say infrared radiation in the guns does not harm the brain; health agencies worldwide encourage using thermometer guns to manage the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.