Not Real News

This is part of The Associated Press' ongoing effort to fact-check misinformation that is shared widely online, including work with Facebook to identify and reduce the circulation of false stories on the platform.

NOT REAL NEWS: A Look At What Didn't Happen Last Week

Aug 13, 2018

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue headlines of the week. None of these stories is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked these out. Here are the real facts:

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NOT REAL: 'The fascists of the future will call themselves anti-fascists' — Winston Churchill

Donkeys are not being bred with mules to create a stronger animal to carry overweight tourists on the steep terrain of the Greek island Santorini, as several online news sites reported this week.

Alexandra Dimopoulou, a representative with the Greek-based Panhellenic Animal Welfare and Environmental Federation, said the reports are false. "No, it isn't true that Santorini locals are breeding donkeys with mules to accommodate heavier tourists," she said.

A 22-year-old Columbia University student accused of child sex crimes did not work as an official for Hillary Clinton's campaign as multiple online sites are reporting.

NOT REAL NEWS: Elon Musk Not Leaving Tesla For Startup

Aug 2, 2018

Elon Musk has not announced plans to leave Tesla to start a digital currency company despite a false report circulating online.

Dollar General is not giving away $150 coupons online to celebrate 135 years of service despite an offer circulating on social media.

NOT REAL NEWS: The Pentagon Is Not Inviting IS To America

Aug 2, 2018

A report circulating online that claims the Pentagon is inviting Islamic State group militants disguised as White Helmets rescue volunteers to the United States is false.

NOT REAL NEWS: Chipotle Not Giving Away $100 Gift Cards

Aug 2, 2018

Chipotle is not giving away $100 gift cards for National Avocado Day on Tuesday, or any other day for that matter.