(AP) — The following is part of The Associated Press’ ongoing effort to fact-check misinformation that is shared widely online and work with Facebook to identify and reduce the circulation of false stories on the platform.
This brief roundup offers some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media.
NOT REAL FLASHBACK: Former President Barack Obama did not kick out reporter at a 2015 press briefing.
THE FACTS: The false claim resurfaced after a heated exchange Wednesday between President Donald Trump and CNN White House Correspondent Jim Acosta, whose White House press pass was suspended afterward. Following the suspension, some social media users then circulated a video they said showed Obama kicking a reporter out of press briefing.
As reported by the AP, Obama was actually responding to a protester who was heckling him during a gay pride month reception at the White House in June 2015.
“Shame on you, you shouldn’t be doing this,” Obama told the protester, adding he had the option of staying quiet or being removed. The protester was removed.
NOT REAL: Speaking of CNN, anchor Don Lemon was not laughing as American flag burned.
THE FACTS: An image circulating online that shows the CNN anchor laughing during an apparent segment about Democrats burning flags on Election Day was fabricated. A CNN spokeswoman told the AP on Tuesday that the image of Lemon, which was paired with a banner claiming “Dems celebrate ‘blue wave’ burning flags on Election Day,” is false.
The banner identified the show as “Reliable Sources,” which Lemon does not host. He is the host of “CNN Tonight.” The images of Lemon were taken from a February 2018 broadcast and show the CNN anchor giggling about a joke concerning former White House political aide Omarosa Manigault.
NOT REAL: Voting machine in Ohio precinct was not rigged.
THE FACTS: An Instagram video shared widely online Tuesday showed a voter selecting Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike DeWine on a touch screen but then receiving a paper record reflecting a vote for Democratic candidate Richard Cordray. The video was circulated on social media as evidence that a machine was rigged.
Aaron Sellers, a spokesman for the Franklin County Board of Elections, told the AP in an email that the machine in question had a paper jam that showed a previous voter’s choice. Sellers says the voter who experienced the problem got a poll worker to cancel out the vote on the machine in question and then voted successfully on another machine.
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