Unreal news: take a look at what hasn’t happened this week

outlines some of the most popular but totally unreal stories and visual effects this week. Although they have been widely shared on social media, these are not legal. The Associated Press checked them out. The facts are as follows:

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Requirements: The photo shows the homeowner pointing a pistol at an armed protester in front of the St. Louis mansion.

Fact: Protesters hold cameras and microphones, not guns. When protesters in St. Louis marched through the city's Midwest neighborhood to the home of St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson on Sunday, they faced a white couple with guns aimed at them. The demonstrators read the name and address of the person who wrote the letter requesting money from the police station at the Facebook Live briefing, and asked her to resign on the way to Krewson's house. A photo taken from behind the protester was distorted online on social media and falsely claimed that the protester brandished a gun because the white woman in the photo pointed his pistol at him. "Look… someone says a gun… someone says a microphone. An angel said it was misspelled. But according to the caption of the photo taken by Lawrence Bryant for Reuters, the photo shows a protester Hand-held camera and microphone. The video screen of the camera can be seen next to the microphone. The photo shows the filmmaker Christopher Phillips in St. Louis, who is shooting protest videos for his documentary. Phillips said that when When Mark McCloskey, 63, and his wife, Patricia, 61, came outside with guns, he thought he would capture this on the camera despite feeling that the protesters would be shot. The moment is important. He said: "I think I have to do this because at some point you have to hold them accountable, and the best way is to shoot movies and record files. "To further prove that social media users misrepresented online photos, Phillips even tweeted to the manufacturers of their cameras and microphones and confirmed that the products in the photos belonged to them.

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Request: US Senator Kamala Harris, a former Democratic presidential candidate in California, said on June 18 that once President Trump is no longer in office "and we have regained the White House’s due Position", his supporters will feel "revenge of a country".

Fact: There is no evidence that Harris has said it. This fictitious offer originated from the satirical website Bustaroll.org in 2019, and again round- But this time, people see it as real. The outspoken rock star and Trump supporter Ted Nugent (Ted Nugent) is the latest person to share a viral image, he mistakenly The revenge speech was attributed to Harris. He also supported his move because we will serve you next." The text written on the Harris photo said. "You will feel the revenge of a country. When we look for you in every corner of this great country, we will as always. Because you have betrayed us." The post was viewed more than 105,000 times on Facebook within 24 hours And attributed the quote to Harris on June 18. "Yes, she really said so." But this offer appeared online as early as June 18th. Bustatroll.org's article is listed as "Dismissed Writer" and was published in August 2019. The site is part of the "Last Line of Defense" in the United States, and the site calls itself a satire. It is also known for spreading misinformation. Although Harris has been vociferous when criticizing Trump, when searching for words in posts online, he found no evidence of what she said. Senator's communications director Chris Harris also confirmed that this statement is not true. According to the Associated Press, Kamala Harris is one of several women who are still considered to be Joe Biden's running mates in the 2020 presidential election.

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Requirement: The video shows that there is a chip in Victoria’s secret clothing label that can track the buyer who bought the product after purchasing it.

Fact: The small barcode-like label highlighted in the video is actually an UHF device used to track store inventory, said Justin Patton, director of radio frequency identification, "RFID-Auburn University Laboratory. Passive UHF RFID technology has been used to track inventory in retail stores for more than a decade, but outside the range of in-store RFID readers, this feature does not work. Millions of TikTok users watched the video: A woman cut it The label of Victoria's Secret bra reveals the fragile, partially transparent metal fragments. The voice in the clip said: "Today I found that Victoria’s Secret is following you. The voice has been played more than 24 million times since its release on June 27. A few days later, the video was also shared on Twitter, including accounts related to conspiracy theory QAnon. "Now, why @VictoriasSecret is in God’s Green Will a chip be placed on the bra on earth? Said a Twitter user posted a clip. "What exactly is tracking women?" I don't want to know, but I think I already know their evil purpose for this purpose. @NSAGov @fbi #QAnon. "But Patton, a researcher who studies the RFID technology used in retail stores, explained that the actual use of tags is much better. Victoria's Secret (Victoria's Secret), Walmart (Walmart), Target (target), Nike Retail stores such as (Nike) have used RFID tags to speed up inventory management for many years. Patton said stores do not have to use a single bar code to scan each bar code, but instead use an RFID reader to remove them from the tags at a rate of about 400 tags per second Picking up radio waves. According to Patton, these tags only work when they are scanned by a reader, which usually only has a range of about 15 feet, and if they come in contact with the human body, they will not function well. He said: " I can't think of how someone would use them maliciously. A spokesperson for Victoria’s Secret said that this technology helps ensure that the right products are provided to customers. The spokesperson declined to be named: “We only use this technology in the back office and sales floors to help us manage our inventory , So that our employees can effectively meet customer needs. ”

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Requirements: In 1994, at Denver International Airport, several children’s masks were painted with the national flag of their country on them.

Fact: This painting does not belong to Denver Airport The art collection is also not displayed there. Its pictures have been circulating online since February of this year. Social media posts that were viewed thousands of times last week claimed that a child wearing a mask and a national flag mask The paintings first appeared in Denver Airport in 1994. These posts use this claim as evidence of the COVID-19 pandemic plan. A Twitter user said: "The mural at Denver Airport was painted in 1994. "It's not surprising to tell me, how long will they plan ahead?" "However, these posts are incorrect. The Denver Airport Communications Office told the Associated Press in an email that the painting was not an image from the airport's art collection. Moreover, the picture was not on the Internet before this year. Spread. In the reverse image search, the AP found the earliest post available began in February 2020. A Filipino artist named Christian Joy Trinidad (Christian Joy Trinidad) painting He called this "mask spreading." The artist's Instagram account contains a picture of the painting, which confirms that the version on Facebook has been edited. In the online spreading version, a boy wears a mask And the Israeli flag. But in fact, the boy actually wore a mask wearing the Palestinian flag. The Associated Press contacted Trinidad, and he confirmed through Instagram that he was the painting created for the competition in late February.[19659002]___

Request: The photo shows the news story published by the New York Times on June 27, and then quickly withdrew. Declined, claiming that US President Donald Trump died of excessive hydroxychloroquine.

Fact The image is fictitious and does not reflect the work of The New York Times. False rumors that Trump abused his dose and was declared dead originated from a prank on TikTok. However, if you see an article claiming The New York Times online You published and then withdrew the story about his death. You may be confused. "Did anyone see it? "A Twitter user posted a message on July 2. They are increasingly desperate." Along with the tweet (shared by more than 2800 people) was a screenshot showing the title that looks like a news report , Titled "Donald J. Trump declares death". The fake article was attributed to the author of the Times, Paul Krugman, who claimed that Trump suffered an excessive dose of hydroxychloroquine and speculated whether he abused drugs. However, a closer look at the picture reveals that the article is illegal. The font and writing style do not match the New York Times website. Krugman, an economist and public opinion columnist for the New York Times, does not write major news and cannot become the author of such articles. The picture shared on Twitter was a screenshot of the TikTok video on June 27, and the user later deleted the video. On TikTok the day before, a user of @thesoggycactus posted a video explaining a method to get the #riptrump trend tag by sharing rumors about the overuse of hydroxychloroquine. TikTok users said in the video: "Like a close friend of mine pretending to be her seventh grade death, I want to do the same thing for our president. This is what we have to do." "Use the hashtag #riptrump. I want to see people doing T-shirts. I want to watch memoirs. I need painters to do paintings. "This video received 521,000 favorite videos in 5 days. As of July 2, the tag has more than 20 million views Times. TikTok users who spread rumors about false articles in the New York Times confirmed this by posting an explanation a day later. She made a joke. She said: "The video is completely a joke and does not mean any harm."

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This is part of the fact verification work being carried out by the Associated Press, which is widely shared online, including with Facebook Identify and reduce the spread of false news on the platform.

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Find all AP fact checks here: https://apnews.com/APFactCheck

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Follow @APFactCheck on Twitter: https://twitter.com/APFactCheck[19659023] Ali Swenson, Beatrice Dupuy and Abril Mulato, The Associated Press

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