29 Hoaxes We Debunked In 2018
This was the year of Monster ham, the Gorilla Channel, and a whole lot of anti-immigrant hoaxes.
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2. A doctored video of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was spread on Facebook by conservative news outlet CRTV.
6. A writer for a far-right website known for spreading falsehoods tried to claim pipe bombs sent to liberals were the result of a conspiracy to frame conservatives. In reality, the man who sent the bombs was a Trump supporter.
7. Another conspiracy spread by right-wing websites and pundits about the man who sent the pipe bombs falsely claimed he was a registered Democrat.
8. Trolls targeted Miami Herald reporter Alex Harris with doctored tweets during the Parkland school shooting.
9. After the Parkland shooting, far-right websites spread false conspiracies targeting the surviving students, comparing them to Nazis.
10. Far-right trolls tried to falsely claim that LGBT activists want pedophilia accepted as a sexuality.
13. This image of a mom and her kids fleeing tear gas was used as fuel for false online conspiracies.
14. This photo doesn’t show the Mexican police being “brutalized” by the caravan.
15. Likewise, this is not a photo of a person in the migrant caravan with an illness.
17. Trump retweeted a false claim that said people were chanting “We want Trump” during the Yellow Vests protests in Paris.
A hoax that keeps going viral repeatedly despite being debunked is called a zombie hoax. Here are some we debunked this year.