VERIFY Fact Check |

No, the US suicide rate did not increase in 2020 during the pandemic

National

No, Facebook is not banning posts containing the Lord’s Prayer

Social Media

No, most sex trafficking victims are not kidnapped by strangers

Social Media

No, COVID-19 and flu have not combined into a new strain called ‘flurona’

Coronavirus

No, Walmart’s virtual reality shopping experience is not part of Facebook’s ‘metaverse’

Technology

Yes, grapefruit can negatively interact with some medications

Medicine

These are some of the most popular images or videos VERIFY fact-checked this year

Social Media

The 5 most-read VERIFY stories in 2021

VERIFY

No, the first omicron death reported in the US was not a fully vaccinated person

Coronavirus

Claim that Santa’s reindeer are all female needs context

Holiday

Old video of Elizabeth Warren deboarding private plane goes viral after Twitter spat with Elon Musk

National

Yes, the outgoing NIH Director did sing and play guitar at a town hall

Social Media

No, Twitter isn’t penalizing accounts that suggest vaccinated people can spread COVID-19

Social Media

No, Fox News isn’t banned in Canada or the UK

Social Media

No, Dr. Fauci did not tell Mark Zuckerberg the COVID-19 vaccine would make people worse

Vaccine

Viral video claims frozen chicken in puffed-up bags is spoiled. That’s false

Food