Over the weekend, Iranian state TV released a video showing a new missile launch in the country. President Trump then fired off an angry tweet, implying that the so-called Iran Deal wasn't working. The only problem? The US intelligence community now says that there's no evidence Iran conducted a new missile test. And that video? It's from January.
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Frida the disaster rescue dog is a social media star. Not only is she just generally a good dog (perhaps one of the goodest), she is going above and beyond by trying to find survivors after the devastating 7.1 earthquake in Mexico City this week. But tales of her heroics so far have been a bit exaggerated.
"That looks… very shopped," one Gizmodo writer said, when he saw the viral image of three chill dudes golfing as a mountain burned behind them. On the left side of the frame, there are two other people gazing at the blaze. The whole scene does indeed look very fake, another fine Photoshop forgery. But it isn't.
On July 12th, a member from a popular boating message board posted a photo of some boats he didn't recognise near Dana Point, a small city on the California coast halfway between LA and San Diego. Someone responded to the post with speculation that it might be the Mexican Navy. And then the internet's game of Telephone did its magic before a reputable news outlet discovered they were actually Navy SEALS.
President Trump took some heat this weekend after it looked like he wasn't listening to Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni's speech at the G7 summit. Gentiloni was speaking in Italian, and Trump, who doesn't speak Italian, looked like he didn't have a translation headset on. This isn't the first time this has happened. But Trump actually did have an earpiece in. It's just really small.
Shark experts are very upset with porn star Molly Cavalli. Last week, she appeared in a video produced by the live sex site CamSoda in which she claims a shark bit her foot. Based on every piece of confirmable evidence, however, it looks like the video is a complete hoax.
Yesterday, Sean Spicer said that Hitler "didn't even sink to using chemical weapons". It was completely wrong and he apologised. One version of Spicer's apology was posted on Facebook, and it appears to be just as offensive as his original statement. The only problem? It's totally fake.
Dr. Oz is full of shit. And that's not just my opinion, it's science! A study from 2014 found that the advice on Dr. Oz's show is baseless or wrong roughly half of the time. So it's a bit rich that one of this week's episodes of The Dr. Oz Show is about fake news.
I've been getting a lot of tweets and emails from neo-Nazis and neo-fascists lately. To be fair, I said that Nazis and fascists were bad, so I was kind of asking for it. But the thing that I've found most interesting amongst the mountains of hate are all the fake quotes that racists send me, purportedly by famous historical figures. Especially Winston Churchill.
Astrology is garbage. But for some reason, many people still believe that astrologists have the ability to predict the future. The Los Angeles Times even ran a story back in October that reported about the predictions that some astrologists had for the 2016 US presidential election. You can probably guess how that turned out.
Carrie Fisher was a brilliant writer, an amazing actress and, by most accounts, just a good human being. She passed away yesterday and I, like many people, took to social media to mourn the loss of this incredible pop culture icon. But I unknowingly helped spread a meme that turns out to be fake. Did you see that script with handwritten edits for The Empire Strikes Back? Those edits weren't made by Carrie Fisher.
The year 2016 will probably go down in history as the year of the fakes. There were plenty of fake news articles, and even plenty of debate about the definition of the word "fake." Here at Gizmodo did our best in 2016 to keep you informed of the latest images on social media that were actually fake.
Did you see that story about a five-year-old boy and his dying wish to see Santa Claus? Of course you did. The heartbreaking tale has been seen and heard by millions of people around the world. It went viral earlier this week when it was retold by virtually every major news outlet. The only problem? It's almost certainly fake.
Have you seen this photo of White House staffers looking depressed today? It was supposedly taken today, when Obama welcomed Donald Trump to the White House for a visit. But it's not -- the photo is from yesterday when President Obama made an upbeat announcement about Donald Trump's future presidency.