Stories about False and Fabricated News

May 24, 2017

When a Picture Is Worth a Thousand Wrong Words

The story of how a photo of a horrific accident in the Democratic Republic of Congo seven years ago took on a life of its own. WARNING: Contains violent images.

March 24, 2017

Does Al-Qaeda “support” Emmanuel Macron? No.

No, the cited article focused on Macron’s statements during a February visit to Algeria where he described colonization as a “crime against humanity.”

March 21, 2017

Do 44% of Muslim high school students believe it is acceptable to take up arms for their religion? No.

According to the Fdesouche website, «in certain high schools, 44% of Muslim students believe it is acceptable to “take up arms for one’s religion”». This figure was taken out of context.

March 20, 2017

Does this video show a foreigner assaulting French hospital employees? No.

A video shared 113,000 times on a Facebook page shows a man assaulting two hospital employees, but it did not happen in France.

Is this picture of refugees from March 17 at the Franco-Italian border? No.

A photograph showing a large crowd of refugees supposedly walking towards France has been shared over 2,000 times.

March 17, 2017

Did Marine Le Pen Tweet About the Masha and The Bear Cartoon? No.

A screenshot of a fake tweet by Marine Le Pen, in which the National Front (FN) candidate criticizes the Masha and The Bear cartoon (Masha Et Michka in French), was posted on Twitter on Sunday, February 26.

March 10, 2017

Does this map show recent violence across France? No.

An infographic purporting to map “clashes between the rabble and our police” has gone viral on Facebook and Twitter over the past fortnight. It was, however, created in November 2005 and does not reflect the current reality of social tensions in France.

March 2, 2017

Was Macron’s campaign for the French presidency financed by Saudi Arabia? No.

The site on which the story appears is a perfect copy of that of the Belgian newspaper Le Soir — with a different URL

February 1, 2017

Fake, Fraud, False, Fabricated: Finding the Vocabulary for Truth in News

Dwelling on "fake news" can raise questions about the overall limitations of fact-driven reporting, but we see it as an opportunity as well.