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# debunked

This week
26th November 2023 - 2nd December 2023
Debunked: Gardaí have not installed 'watch towers' on O'Connell Street after riots in Dublin
Images from O’Connell Street actually show light projection boxes.
Debunked: Old footage from Egypt shared with false claims it shows Israel storming Gaza hospital
Footage shows people seeking shelter in a hospital as gunshots can be heard outside.
FactCheck: False claims the army was deployed during Dublin City riots seen millions of times
A photo from Terenure was used to bolster the claim by far-right activists and an Open Source Intelligence account.
Last week
19th November 2023 - 2nd December 2023
Debunked: Fake News site spreads baseless claim of a second stabbing at a school in Ballymun
Fake news quickly spread in the wake of a attack at Parnell Square
Last month
November 2023
Judge debunked rumour that spread for months that Ashling Murphy knew her murderer
A report to Tusla was baselessly given online as motive for the young teacher’s murder.
Debunked: Years-old video of hospital bombing in Syria claimed to show strike on Gaza
The hospital, which housed Aleppo’s only pediatric department, was reportedly bombed more than a dozen times in 2016.
Debunked: Photo of ‘corpse’ using phone isn't from Gaza; it actually shows a Halloween costume
Images from filmmakers and protests have also been misleadingly said to show that Gaza casualties are a hoax.
October 2023
Debunked: Scam ads falsely claim that Dublin Airport is clearing out 'lost luggage' for €2
The ads have appeared on Facebook in recent weeks.
Debunked: YouTube ads feature Elon Musk in deepfake videos pushing cryptocurrency scams
An AI-generated Irish newsreader was also used in one fraudulent video.
Debunked: A double-decker bus which caught fire in Bradford was not an electric vehicle
A misleading post in a Facebook group that alerts the locations of speed vans in the Dublin area was viewed more than 5 million times.
Debunked: Fake RTÉ posts about Anne Doyle are a hoax to promote a cryptocurrency scheme
Similar hoaxes promoting cryptocurrency have featured other Irish celebrities.
Debunked: An old image of Leo Varadkar has been altered to promote a climate change conspiracy
The original image featured a sign saying “Welfare Cheats Cheat Us All”.
FactFind: QAnon website promoted on anti-SPHE leaflets protesting sex ed in Ireland
Controversy over curriculum changes is being used to push conspiracy theories about child-murdering Satanists
This year
Debunked: Australian footage from 2021 used to imply Covid lockdowns are being enforced again
A recent date superimposed over footage of the premier of Victoria has stirred up anger
Lasers, ‘magic trees’ and Simpsons predictions: False claims about Maui wildfires spread online
Debunked theories suggest that weapons were fired from space to create “15-minute smart cities”.
Debunked: Irish users among those fooled by AI image of Pope in front of huge crowds
Headlines were made by a previous fake Francis photo, AI-generated by a man on magic mushrooms who wanted “to see the Pope in a funny jacket”.
Debunked: A public killing and attempted abductions latest in baseless claims against migrants
Gardaí had no record of the a supposed public killing with a hatchet in Dublin City.
Debunked: No, there hasn't been a 21% rise in deaths due to the Covid-19 vaccine
A clip of the artist Kevin Sharkey has been shared widely on social media apps in recent weeks.
FactCheck: Did five garda recruits resign immediately after starting training?
A tweet from an independent Senator claims that five garda recruits immediately quit after beginning training.
Debunked: This video does not show Ukrainian soldiers surrendering 'without a fight'
The video has been shared widely on social media with inaccurate descriptions.
Debunked: No, a factory in England is not growing human meat for consumption
A widely shared clip from a Channel 4 documentary is satirical.
Debunked: Climate change is not still being debated by scientists
A video shared on a farming organisation’s Facebook page contains misleading information.
Debunked: Images of Tommy Bowe being escorted by gardaí and PSNI officers are fake
A number of fake images with links appeared on Facebook and Instagram earlier this month
Debunked: There is no such thing as 'asymptomatic' climate change
An image doctored to look like a headline of a news website has been shared widely online.
Debunked: Ireland does not have a higher rate of Jobseeker's Allowance for migrants
An image has been shared widely on social media purporting to show a jobseeker’s payment.
Debunked: Death Valley Park Rangers were joking wearing jackets and gloves during record temperatures
A conspiracy theorist tried to use the image to claim that record high temperatures are propaganda.
Debunked: A video claiming Prince Harry asked Cillian Murphy if he was British has been doctored
A video purporting to show the two having a conversation has gone viral on Twitter, where it has been viewed millions of times.
Debunked: Draft SPHE syllabus doesn't say Critical Race Theory will be taught on Leaving Cert
A consultation draft saying privileged people should support minority groups has caused a stir online.
Debunked: The official US women’s soccer team did not lose 12-0 to a team of Wrexham 'veterans'
The claim has been shared misleadingly online.
Debunked: Screenshot of headline about far-right conspiracy theories being true is fabricated
The alleged author of the article said she was targeted by “trolls”
Debunked: Footage from an attack in the US has been re-shared to blame refugees in Ireland
CCTV footage from Phoenix, Arizona, showed a brutal assault
Debunked: Dialing 55 during an emergency in Ireland won't alert a phone operator to a 'silent' call
But ringing 999 multiple times and hanging up will alert Gardaí
Debunked: 'Cloud factory' clip released on 1 April doesn't show that humans control the weather
One edited video was viewed on TikTok 1.6 million times
Debunked: No evidence for claims by anti-immigrant activist of attempted abduction in Kerry
A alleged “suspicious approach to a child” had previously been reported in local media.
Debunked: No, a UN report doesn't call to decriminalise sex 'between adults and children'
The document, which wasn’t written by the UN, argues that the same age of consent should apply regardless of gender or marital status.
Debunked: Safety sheet used to show an edible coating is risky is actually for a cleaning fluid
A safety sheet says people should seek immediate medical attention after swallowing Apeel.
Debunked: No, Scotland is not reducing motorway speed limits to 30mph due to climate change
Misleading headlines in British tabloids, as well as tweets from an account known for misinformation, spread the claim.
Debunked: An Irish news headline about 'pregnant men at risk from climate change' is fake
The doctored screenshot was shared by an Australian Senator.
Debunked: Video of fatal explosion used to falsely claim that electric cars are dangerous
One person was killed after an explosion involving a Compressed Natural Gas tank
Debunked: Recent studies indicate masks can be effective at preventing the spread of disease
A 2022 study on mandates for Catalan schoolchildren had been touted as proof masks don’t work.