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False ‘boot print’ comparison shared in Facebook posts about Neil Armstrong’s Moon landing
An image has been shared hundreds of times in multiple Facebook posts that purports to show a comparison between the boot tread of a spacesuit worn by US astronaut Neil Armstrong for his 1969 mission to the Moon and a boot print he apparently left on the Moon’s surface. The posts suggest the boot’s tread does not “match up” with the boot print, indicating the Moon landing may have been a “hoax”. The claim is false: the image shows Armstrong’s preserved spacesuit at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, but an expert said Armstrong and fellow astronaut Buzz Aldrin wore overshoes while on the Moon’s surface.
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Manipulated photo shows evangelicals worshipping Trump statue
Social media users shared a photo of evangelical leaders paying homage to a golden statue of Donald Trump at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Florida. But the image has been altered; the original photo was taken more than a year ago, and the golden statue, a talking point at CPAC in 2021, was substituted in place of Trump himself.
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False Claims Cited in Bogus Theory that Biden Isn’t President
Facebook posts use faulty claims to baselessly suggest that President Joe Biden isn’t really the president. For example, some point out that he hasn’t delivered a State of the Union address. But new presidents typically don’t in their first year.

A baseless conspiracy theory held by some QAnon adherents posits that President Joe Biden is not truly the president. And some further anticipate that former President Donald Trump will be sworn in for another term on March 4, which was the official inauguration day until 1933.

The theories are bunk. Biden is the president.

... In terms of Air Force One, any plane carrying the president is technically considered “Air Force One,” according to the White House website. That said, the term is often used to refer to two Boeing 747-200B series planes customized for the president.

While Biden has opted to use smaller government aircraft since taking office, he in fact did use the larger 747 when he visited Texas on Feb. 26 — so the posts are wrong about that.

And it is standard practice that a new president does not deliver an official State of the Union address the year in which they’re sworn in, as the Congressional Research Service explains.

For example, Trump gave his first address in January 2018 — a year after taking office in January 2017. And before that, former President Barack Obama delivered his first address in 2010 — after taking office in January 2009.
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Thai social media users share misleading claim that WHO warned against cooking with aluminum foil
Multiple Facebook posts circulating in Thailand claim the World Health Organization (WHO) warned against cooking with aluminum foil due to health concerns. The claim, however, is misleading: a spokesperson for the WHO told AFP that no such warning had been issued as of February 25, 2021. Health experts maintain that using aluminum foil while cooking is generally safe.
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Facebook posts falsely claim UN 'declared war' on Myanmar after military coup
Multiple Facebook posts shared tens of thousands of times in February 2021 claim the United Nations “declared war” on Myanmar four weeks after a military coup. The posts, which shared two photos of US military personnel, claim 180 countries have committed to join the war effort. The claims, however, are "completely false", according to the UN. The images shared in posts are generic photos of US Air Force personnel that predate the Myanmar military coup in February 2021.
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Old photos circulated in false Facebook posts about 'gold bars seized in Vatican City'
Five photos have been shared repeatedly in multiple Facebook posts in February 2021 alongside they show gold bars "confiscated" from an underground safe in Vatican City. The claim is false: the photos have circulated online in articles about gold bars in various countries since at least 2010. As of March 3, 2021, there have been no credible reports of gold bars being seized from Vatican City in February 2021.
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Videos circulate on social media falsely claiming that snow in the US state of Texas is ‘fake’
Multiple videos have circulated on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and TikTok alongside claims that they show "fake snow" in the US state of Texas that blackens and does not melt when near a flame. The claim is false: scientists say that snowballs first absorb water when heated before eventually melting and that the appearance of soot on snow that is heated with fire is natural.
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The photo shows a computer-generated image, not an actual picture of three planets viewed from Mars
An image of an orange-coloured skyline with three white dots has been shared thousands of times in multiple social media posts worldwide, including in the US, Spain, Germany and many countries in Africa. The post purports to capture Earth, Venus and Jupiter as seen from Mars. But this is misleading: while the US space agency NASA indeed documented similar shots taken from the Red Planet, the viral image is old and was generated using computer simulation software.
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