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Claim: Pictures of Donald Trump at a public event show him with an undamaged ear, days after an assassination attempt on the Republican leader. Fact: The images predate the assassination attempt in which he was injured in the ear; therefore, the claim is false. On 16 July 2024, X (formerly Twitter) user @pollyollydoodle posted (archive) […]

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Claim: A picture from the recent clashes at the Bannu peace rally shows a child smiling while covered in blood. Fact: The claim is false because the image is not from Bannu. The picture appeared on social media as early as 2022 and has been repeatedly shared in different, misleading contexts. On 20 July 2024, […]

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Claim: A photo circulated after the death of Ebrahim Raisi shows Imran Khan standing alongside the late Iranian president. Fact: The image does not show Imran Khan with Raisi. It was originally posted in July 2023 and shows Allama Raja Nasir Abbas Jafari, a Pakistani cleric and senator. On 20 May 2024, Facebook page ‘Verified […]

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Claim: EgyptAir flight 804 was found after it went missing 50 years ago. Fact: EgyptAir flight 804 crashed in 2016 and debris confirming the crash was found during an extensive investigation shortly following the incident.   On 13 June 2024, the Facebook user “Arman’s Diary” posted a split image of passengers asleep on a flight and […]

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Claim: A video claims to show an eight-foot-long centipede. Fact: The video was generated using artificial intelligence. Its creator has confirmed that he made it using Runway’s Gen-3 Alpha tool. On 26 June 2024, BOL News posted (archive) a viral video on its Instagram account, @bolnetwork, comprising two different footages that allegedly depict a giant […]

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Claim: All emails related to the Democratic National Committee (DNC) leak have been removed from WikiLeaks as part of Julian Assange’s plea deal. Fact: WikiLeaks has struggled with server errors for years. It has not recently occurred as part of a plea deal. Emails related to the DNC can still be accessed through the website. […]

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Claim: 40 Pakistanis were deported from Europe for spreading hatred and conspiracies on social media against the state of Pakistan. Fact: The claim is misleading. According to credible reports in the media, the migrants from Spain were deported in December 2023 after being arrested on charges of extremism. On 10 June 2024, Abdullah Gull, son […]

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Claim: According to a statement circulating on social media, the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) praised Justice Babar Sattar for his verdict about telecom companies. Fact: This claim is false. The TTP has not issued any statement and the image circulating on social media appears to be fake. On 12 June 2024, a user on X (formerly […]

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Claim: A video on Facebook shows the Chief Minister of Punjab Maryam Nawaz drunk. Fact: The video has been altered, and shared without context to claim Maryam Nawaz is intoxicated. On 16 June, a Facebook user posted a video showing the Chief Minister of Punjab Maryam Nawaz Sharif who appears to be responding to a […]

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Claim: A video claims to show an eight-foot-long centipede. Fact: The video was generated using artificial intelligence. Its creator has confirmed that he made it using Runway’s Gen-3 Alpha tool. On 26 June 2024, BOL News posted (archive) a viral video on its Instagram account, @bolnetwork, comprising two different footages that allegedly depict a giant […]

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Claim: Viral posts on social media claimed that Dr Gilbert A Kwak, a professor at ICBS General Hospital, stated that hot fig water can cure cancer and that hot figs can “destroy” cancer cells. Fact: Although test tube studies have shown that figs possess some anti-cancer properties, there is no credible evidence to support the […]

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Claim: An image shows a nuclear bomb test conducted in Balochistan in 1998. Fact: The picture shows a nuclear bomb test in Yucca Flat, Nevada in 1951, when the USA carried out a series of atmospheric bomb tests during the Cold War. On 28 May 2024, X user @KhalidaBaloch02 posted (archived) a picture apparently showing […]

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Claim: Kate Middleton cried after a recent announcement from the British royal family. Fact: There is no evidence of the Princess of Wales crying recently after an announcement from the royal family. On 24 June, Threads user @nostalgicshots2 posted  (archived) a photo of the princess with her husband, Prince William, along with a caption that […]

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Claim: A video on Facebook shows the Chief Minister of Punjab Maryam Nawaz drunk. Fact: The video has been altered, and shared without context to claim Maryam Nawaz is intoxicated. On 16 June, a Facebook user posted a video showing the Chief Minister of Punjab Maryam Nawaz Sharif who appears to be responding to a […]

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Claim: Video shows a Hindu man shot dead in Sindh, Pakistan. Fact: The video shows a man, identified as Anwar Mallah, being shot to death by his opponents in Hafizabad, Punjab. Content Warning: This story contains graphic videos of violence and murder.  On 17 June 2024, an X (formerly Twitter) user posted a video (archive) […]

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