Fact check

Conflicts, complaints and curiosities – on a myriad of topics, you will find contradictory explanations on the internet. So, what is actually true? For individual users, this is often hard to determine, especially when we are dealing with events taking place in other countries – or with complex European politics. That’s why fact checks are an integral part of the European Newsroom. In these fact checks, experienced researchers and journalists provide orientation in the confusing universe of public statements.

Image doctored to show Volodymyr Zelensky at LGBTQ Pride event

Image doctored to show Volodymyr Zelensky at LGBTQ Pride event

Social media posts in several languages claim an image shows Volodymyr Zelensky at an LGBTQ Pride event in 1999. But the photo has been digitally manipulated; the original photo, posted to the Flickr photo-sharing service in 2006, does not show the Ukrainian president.

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Memes share fake Queen Elizabeth II quote about Hillary Clinton

Memes share fake Queen Elizabeth II quote about Hillary Clinton

Social media posts claim Queen Elizabeth II announced before she died that she had information that could lead to the arrest of Hillary Clinton. This is false; there is no record of the queen making such a statement, and the claim matches a years-old meme that reflects a conspiracy theory that the former secretary of state and her husband kill their political opponents.

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