Fact Checks

This video shows flooding in Mexico, not in Kenya
A video of cattle being swept away by floods has been shared a hundred times on Facebook, with a claim that it took place in West Pokot County in western Kenya. However, the claim is false; the video shows floods in Mexico’s Nayarit state.

Misleadingly edited Kamala Harris clip used to claim she called young voters 'stupid'
A short video clip of Kamala Harris shared with the claim that she called young voters “stupid” has spread on social media after the California senator was chosen as the Democratic Party’s vice presidential nominee. The claim is misleading; in the full 2014 speech, it is clear that Harris was discussing the “bad decisions” made by 18-24 year olds to highlight efforts needed to reduce recidivism among young offenders.

Misleading video raises fears of vote-by-mail fraud
A video showing two mail-in envelopes that displayed the voters’ party affiliation led to claims that ballots sent through the mail for November’s presidential election will not be secret. This is false; the ballots in the video are from an August 2020 closed primary election in Florida, when voters could only cast ballots for their own party. A local election official said envelopes for November’s vote will not reveal any party affiliation.

Posts Take Old Photos of Biden, Harris Out of Context
Facebook posts are using out-of-context photos to suggest Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, are not abiding by public health recommendations regarding face masks. The photos are from early March, before face masks were recommended by federal health officials.

New ‘Plandemic’ Video Peddles Misinformation, Conspiracies
The second part of “Plandemic” — a documentary-style video that presents a sweeping conspiracy theory about the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic, patents and vaccines — landed on Aug. 18, spinning together many of the falsehoods about the disease that we’ve been debunking for months, plus some new misleading claims.

The 75-minute video expands on the first installment, which captured widespread attention in early May. At the time, much of the U.S. was under various stay-at-home orders in an effort to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus about two months after the World Health Organization designated COVID-19 a pandemic. The first installment spread a number of false and misleading claims made by Judy Mikovits, a researcher known for her discredited work on chronic fatigue syndrome.

The new video, called “Plandemic: Indoctornation,” offers a more far-reaching conspiratorial take on the pandemic, with an underlying theme that the media can’t be trusted. It suggests without proof that the novel coronavirus was man-made and intentionally released.

The video is heavy on innuendo and features David Martin, a financial analyst and self-help entrepreneur who has a YouTube channel that has pushed some of the same conspiracy theories.