Fact Checks

There is no public evidence that Mel Gibson accused Hollywood of child sacrifices and paedophilia
Numerous claims widely shared on social media allege that actor-director Mel Gibson has accused Hollywood of being involved in ritualistic child sacrifices and paedophilia. However, AFP Fact Check has found no public record of the quotes attributed to him and his publicist has dismissed the claims as false.

Gas cylinders don’t have expiry dates printed on them
Facebook posts claiming that liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) cylinders have coded expiry dates imprinted on them, making them a “time bomb” if stored in the house, have resurfaced online, attracting hundreds of shares. The claim is false; experts explain that the imprints are not expiry dates but future inspection dates that indicate when a cylinder should undergo testing to ensure it is safe for further use.

Photo used to criticize Kamala Harris does not show her parents
Social media posts shared thousands of times claim a man and woman pictured with Kamala Harris are her father and mother, accusing her of pretending to be a black American. This is false; the people who appear in the photo with the Democratic vice-presidential candidate are not her parents, but rather two attendees at a fundraising gala.

Fabricated Kamala Harris quote resurfaces after VP announcement
After Joe Biden officially named Kamala Harris as his choice for vice president, a quote by the California Senator vowing to track down and punish all those who supported President Donald Trump resurfaced on social media. This quote is fabricated; it originates from a website known for fictitious political stories, and there is no record of Harris publicly making the statement.

Misleading claim recirculates online about 'image of northern lights seen from space'
An image has been shared hundreds of times in multiple posts on Facebook and Twitter which claim it shows the “northern lights seen from space” as captured by NASA. The image, however, has been shared in a misleading context; NASA told AFP the image is from a 2009 animated video about Saturn's aurora.