It was shared by two of Britain's biggest publishers and several massive verified Facebook pages.
The rumour spread like wildfire on WhatsApp as the prime minister said stricter measures were a possibility.
Facebook Is Clamping Down On Coronavirus Misinformation In English, But Hoaxes Are Going Viral In Other Languages
A false claim that lemons can kill the coronavirus was shared tens of thousands of times on Romanian Facebook pages.
A fake tweet claiming to be by the Labour party leader is going viral.
Campaigning hasn't even really got going yet and it already looks like a vintage election for bullshit.
Hope the airlines don't get any ideas from this...
This week we have stories about wind turbines, Nipsey Hussle, and a giant dog.
Trump Keeps Saying Wind Turbines Cause Cancer (They Don’t) And Can Stop You From Watching TV (They Won’t)
The fake “wind turbine syndrome” has long been pushed by online conspiracy theorists who blame the technology for all kinds of illnesses. In at least one case, the spread of the myth was connected to an oil company in Australia.
The hoaxes about the rapper are getting tens of thousands of shares online, once again filling an information vacuum after an act of violence.
There are some glaring issues here.
This week we have stories about farts, hackers, and the Hungarian government.
This week we have stories about dog wigs, a bank robber, and a man in a gorilla suit.
This week we have stories about polar bears, Elon Musk, and an explosive poop.
This week we have stories about the heart eyes emoji, Tom Brady, and a man who came back to life.
“Comedy misinformation is my favourite kind.”
A BuzzFeed News analysis found that 50 of the biggest fake stories of 2018 generated roughly 22 million total shares, reactions, and comments on Facebook.
This was the year of Monster ham, the Gorilla Channel, and a whole lot of anti-immigrant hoaxes.
CAN'T WE JUST HAVE ONE THING, 2018, ONE THING.
This week we have stories about the Oscars, Christmas, and sex on a pyramid.
This week we have stories about the French protests, Donald Trump, and a baby born from a dead woman's uterus.
Yes, Trump signing a document in the right place is a news story in 2018.
A video of people in England chanting for Trump is the closest thing we could find to match the claim the president retweeted.
This is just one of the hoaxes that keeps spreading about the migrant caravan weeks after it departed from Honduras.
“Can I have a month off work now.”
This week we have stories about the Queen, the California wildfires, and a bedazzled pigeon.
This week's stories are all about voter fraud, the midterms, and a dead pimp in Nevada.
Back to regularly scheduled programming, everyone.
Attempts to confuse voters have already started circulating across social media.
This week we have stories about spiders, the bomb packages, and Ross from Friends.
The story was also promoted in a Facebook ad, which is not supposed to happen.
Saudi Media Are Promoting A Ludicrous “Fake Fiancé” Conspiracy Theory About Missing Journalist Jamal Khashoggi
“These conspiracy theories are nonsense and a dangerous distraction from finding out the truth of what happened to Jamal,” said the Washington Post.
“I can’t believe BuzzFeed was the one who actually fact checked.”
The campaign slogan for the wealthy entrepreneur trying to unseat Sen. Elizabeth Warren is “Only a REAL Indian can defeat the Fake Indian.” Turns out Ayyadurai’s campaign was being helped by fake Facebook profiles.
The tweet cites a Wall Street Journal report that does not exist.
This week we have stories about floods, marine animals, and weird agriculture.
Many of the claims are baseless and lacking proof.
Trump Claims Google Didn’t Promote His State Of The Union. Google And This Screenshot Say Otherwise.
“Google promoted president Obama’s State of the Union on its homepage. When President Trump took office, Google stopped,” a video shared by Trump falsely claimed.
His Reddit Account Was Falsely Connected To The Jacksonville Shooter. He Corrected The Record. Others Did Not.
Some have issued apologies, corrections, or updates, but dozens of articles pointing to the false connection are still up.
Some social media users have been systematically spreading misinformation.
“This is NOT TRUE!!!!!” said a Jamaican government official.
There's no such campaign for the man charged with first-degree murder in the death of Mollie Tibbetts, GoFundMe says.
The problem with tech’s apology cornucopia.
This week we have stories about bikers, Mali, and an inflatable unicorn float.
Ohio's Secretary Of State Says Voter Fraud Did Not Affect A Special Election For A Congressional Seat
Some older Ohioans were given placeholder birthdates on their voter registrations, which has led to suggestions of voter fraud.
This week we have stories about Churchill, Alex Jones, and a bag of sex toys.
“If you don't know any better and you already think there's something wrong with this community, you're going to see this as more reason why it shouldn't have rights.”
The ever-growing QAnon conspiracy theory got a big boost from YouTube this week.
But people have a lot of opinions about the idea.
"Republicans are so scared of me that they’re faking videos and presenting them as real on Facebook because they can’t deal with reality anymore," Ocasio-Cortez tweeted in response.
This week we have stories about Russians, Republicans, and Obama's tie.
"He has the eyes and ears of thousands of people daily, listening to him, believing that what he says is truth," the reporter who took the original photo told BuzzFeed News.
This week we have stories about priests, Russia, and psychic animals.
Earlier this year, the BBC presenter was forced to apologise after old tweets resurfaced online – but not all of them were real.
This week we have stories about Borat, soccer, and Harley-Davidson.
"LIDL bakery croissants really are life changing."
Ann Coulter Cited This Author's Work To Attack Immigrant Children, But He Wants Nothing To Do With Her
"I don't know if she knows how to read, but she clearly hasn't read my New Yorker article."
In this week's quiz: movie trailers, plastic islands, and prenups!
The photographer said the little boy wandered inside the cage during a protest in Dallas.
A Marketing Site Deleted Over 7,000 Articles After It Was Caught Stealing Fact-Checks And Plagiarizing
They messed with the wrong fact checker.
Are we really doing this?
Did you fall for fake news this week?
Police say there's no evidence of human trafficking at what appears to be a former homeless camp in Tucson.
This week we have stories about a wedding bouquet, Fox News, and a parrot.
This has been a very, uh, shitty week.
From babies drinking beer to an ear being grown on a soldier's arm, can you separate the real from the fake?
This week there are stories about swans, Dr. Oz, and Julian Assange.
The conspiracy theory hinges on the differences between low-resolution images of Alek Minassian taken during his arrest, and artistic sketches of his court appearance.
Twitter says Kanye has approximately 27 million followers, even though some users saw a much lower number after he posted pro-Trump tweets on Wednesday.
This Bonkers Conspiracy Theory About A "Hillary Clinton Snuff Film" Is Getting A Big Boost On Facebook And YouTube
Claims about the video's existence are spreading even though some dedicated conspiracy theorists are skeptical of it. Hint: It doesn't exist.
Here's your guide to what's true, false, and unverified about the 25-year-old man identified by officials Monday as the suspect who killed at least 10 people on a crowded Toronto street.
Here's The Story Behind A Viral Picture That Claimed This Young Boy Was Arrested For Yodelling In Walmart
There's an entirely different story behind the viral screenshot.
This week there are stories about Starbucks, Obama, and an Italian mathematician.
The false story comes from a well-known fake news publisher.
This week there are stories about Taylor Swift, Facebook, and a windy day.
"I mean, 99.99% of Muslims don't even understand what taqiyya is, but every alt-right Twitter troll is an expert on Islamic theology now."
A hoax about Facebook's security settings has gone viral worldwide.
This week there are stories about seagulls, condoms, and the March for Our Lives.
The dubious story first surfaced in the UK in 2016 when flyers from a made-up organization called For Public Purity claimed Muslims wanted dogs out of public spaces. Nearly two years later, the hoax keeps going viral on Facebook.
More than 1,000 people from Central America are walking in a caravan through Mexico to the United States.
This week there were stories about Snickers bars, Julian Assange, and the Parkland shooting survivors.
The teens who survived the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida became huge targets for online misinformation. And it's still happening.
This week we have stories about Stormy Daniels, Karl Marx, and astronaut DNA.
The conspiracy is spreading fast on Facebook and can also be found on YouTube.
The real photo is from a Teen Vogue photo shoot, and shows Emma González ripping up a shooting target poster, not the Constitution.
Have you been paying attention to the news this week?
This week there are stories about poison cheesecake, a CNN spin machine, and Obama's UN ambitions.
This week we have stories about gun control, KFC, and Sylvester Stallone.
Right-wing websites are fueling a now-viral conspiracy theory that Florida high school students demanding gun control are actors pushing a liberal agenda. The theory was even promoted by the aide of a Florida lawmaker.
This week we have stories about Black Panther, Apple, and eye worms.
Most have focused on the identity of the shooter.
The hoax fooled journalists, commentators, and lawyers.
Pro-Trump media and #TheResistance Twitter users are falling for false claims that link the crash to Uranium One and the dossier.
This week's stories are about Robert Mueller, Boris Johnson and camels.
Conspiracy Theorists Are Trying To Link The Deaths Of A Billionaire Canadian Couple To The Clinton Foundation And It's Nuts
Police are still investigating the deaths of Barry and Honey Sherman.
This week's stories are about Oprah, ISIS, and an inconvenient use of pizza.
Welcome to 2018, everything is still bad.
It has come to this.
The woman was filmed before the protests, as part of a separate movement for women's rights in Iran.
Find out if you kept your grip on reality after the year we've had.
Viral fake news generated more engagement on Facebook in 2017 than the previous year, according to a BuzzFeed News analysis.