Can you navigate through viral internet BS?
Posted on August 4, 2017, at 5:36 p.m. ET
This hoax has been around since at least January, and people still believe it, but it's definitely not true.
There were many mainstream publications that claimed Facebook had to shut down the bots because of concerns about them developing a new language, Snopes reports, but it's not true. The scientists actually decided to terminate the experiment partially because they wanted them to stick to English. They did, however, learn a lot from the experiment and stressed that there was no danger in the way the bots communicated.
The same image caused a similar uproar in a Swedish anti-immigrant group, too.
The Texas Governor tweeted a link to a story posted on UConservative.com, but the headline is misleading. The body provides no evidence that Jones told players to stand or be benched, Politifact reports.
An edited version of this interaction went viral and prompted a J.K. Rowling Twitter rant, but it's misleading. The full version of the video shows Trump did stop to talk to the child, and Rowling later apologized for her comments and spreading misinformation.
As AP reports, Griffin did not post such a video, and was not jailed.
Far-right media personalities have gone through extraordinary measures to stop migrants from getting to Italy. They've shot flares at migrant boats and acquired a ship to take matters into their own hands. Here's the full story.
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