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Image of frozen waterfall inside house predates recent Texas winter storm
A photo showing a frozen waterfall inside a house has been shared on social media with claims that it was taken in Texas during the recent devastating winter storm. This is false; the image has been on the internet since 2018, more than two years before unusually cold weather wreaked havoc in the southern United States.
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This photo is not of World Trade Organization Director-General as a child
An image of a young girl has been shared thousands of times on social media in Nigeria alongside claims that the photo shows the new director-general of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, as a child. This is false. The photograph was taken in 2014, and the photographer told AFP Fact Check that the subject is not the Nigerian-American economist, who was born 60 years prior.
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US government did not block Texas from increasing power output
An article shared thousands of times says the US federal government stopped Texas from generating more power as a severe winter storm approached. This is false; a spokeswoman for the state’s grid operator called the claim “misinformation,” and documents confirm that the Department of Energy granted a request for more electricity six days before the inaccurate article was published.
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Pelosi does not fly home weekly on 200-seat jet
A years-old claim that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi travels routinely to her home district on a Boeing 757 that costs millions of dollars annually in fuel has resurfaced on Facebook. This is false; Pelosi’s office denied the claim, analyst estimates of fuel costs are far lower, she has not spent each entire weekend in San Francisco, and has flown there commercially in the past.
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Jill and Joe Biden’s love story did not start when she was 15
Facebook posts claim President Joe Biden and his wife Jill met when she was a teenager and he was in his thirties. This is false; according to Jill Biden and media reports they went on their first date in 1975 when she was 23 and he 32, both had previous marriages, and a photo offered as proof of their inappropriate age gap dates from 1976.
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Biden Hasn’t Reduced COVID-19 Testing at the Border
The Biden administration has made no changes to COVID-19 testing policies for either U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement or Customs and Border Patrol. But a claim circulating online falsely suggests that the administration has stopped testing detained immigrants before they are released. In reality, the Biden administration has maintained the same procedures for COVID-19 testing in detention facilities that were in effect during the previous administration. Louderback doesn’t work for either ICE or CBP — he’s the sheriff in Jackson County on the gulf coast of Texas. ... Both ICE and CBP are part of the Department of Homeland Security, and the memo that Louderback referenced called for a review of policies in each agency. ... Josiah Heyman, Director, Center for Interamerican and Border Studies at the University of Texas at El Paso, said, “If there are people who haven’t been tested, it’s a breakdown on the behavior of ICE, not Biden administration policy.”
Read the full article: https://www.factcheck.org/2021/02/biden-hasnt-reduced-covid-19-testing-at-the-border/

Posts Spread Fake Biden Tweet About Coca-Cola, Diversity Training
A popular image is made to appear as if President Joe Biden posted a racist tweet discussing Coca-Cola and “cultural reappropriation.” There is no record of Biden ever posting that tweet.

Images of made-up tweets are a common form of misinformation.
Read the full article: https://www.factcheck.org/2021/02/posts-spread-fake-biden-tweet-about-coca-cola-diversity-training/

Old panorama captured by NASA’s Curiosity rover circulates online with false claims about its Perseverance Mars rover
A video has been viewed tens of thousands of times in Twitter, Facebook and Weibo posts alongside a claim it shows visual footage and sound captured by NASA’s Perseverance rover during the US space agency's latest Mars mission in February 2021. The claim is false: the video was actually created with a panorama captured by NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover in 2019.
Read the full article: https://factcheck.afp.com/old-panorama-captured-nasas-curiosity-rover-circulates-online-false-claims-about-its-perseverance

Social media posts falsely claim footage shows Trump delivering supplies to Texas after storm
After a major winter storm hit the US state of Texas in February 2021, a video was shared repeatedly in Facebook and Twitter posts alongside a claim it shows former US President Donald Trump delivering supplies to desperate Texans. The claim is false: the video has been created from various clips that have all circulated in media reports before 2021.
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Indian social media users share doctored image mocking Greta Thunberg after she voiced support for farmers’ protests
An image has been shared in multiple Facebook and Twitter posts that purports to show Swedish environmentalist Greta Thunberg eating on a train while a group of African children look on. The posts mocked Thunberg for her social activism after she tweeted in support of mass protests staged by Indian farmers in Delhi. The image, however, has been doctored: the image of Thunberg has been digitally manipulated to insert a photo of some children in the background.
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