A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and scenes of the week. None of these are valid, even though they have been widely shared on social media. The Associated Press investigated them. Here are the facts:
Claim: Soldiers in Washington made their return on the motorcycle of President Joe Biden as it passed through its path to his inauguration at the US Capitol.
Facts: According to security protocol, some National Guard members were stationed on Biden’s motorcycle with their backs as it made its way from Washington to the US Capitol.
But social media users are calling the video shot by an ABC reporter false, that the guard members berated Biden for insulting him.
“Several army men beheaded Biden’s motorbike,” one claimed, adding that a tweet with more than 3000 likes shared the footage. Another video claiming to be false was viewed more than 100,000 times on YouTube.
Taking it a step further, some social media users captured a still from the video and showed it in posts with pictures of enthusiastically congratulating former President Donald Trump at an unspecified event with guard members. The video, along with a false claim, was promoted by accounts that have supported Trump and promoted misinformation in the past.
ABC reporter Inés de la Cuetara uploaded the video to Twitter on Wednesday at 10:30 am, “watching Biden from his motorcycle as it made its way to the Capitol,” she said in her caption.
In the video, some guard members can be seen facing cars passing on the road, while others have their backs turned near the Robert A. Taft Memorial on Constitution Avenue. More than 26,000 guard members from across the country were brought to safety for the opening in the wake of violent riots in the Capitol.
The AP confirmed with the National Guard Bureau that they had their backs to monitor all possible threats, keeping guard members’ safety protocols in mind. During Trump’s inauguration, officers could be seen both with their backs turned and turned away from their motorcycles. “These National Guardsmen were on duty with a mission to protect the President against potential threats. Darla Torres, a spokesman for the National Guard Bureau, said some are facing something to ensure their safety.
Kamala Harris hands over Bibles during oath, not purse
Claim: When Vice President Kamala Harris took the oath of office on Wednesday, she placed a black purse over the Bible so that she would not have to touch the holy book.
Facts: Harris placed his hand on a Bible as soon as he was sworn in. But on Thursday, social media users were sharing a photo from Wednesday’s opening ceremony, along with false claims that Harris avoided touching the Bible during his oath of office.
The photo showed Harris with his right hand and his left hand resting on an unknown black object, he was sworn to his post. The black object rested on top of a thick Bible held by Harris’s husband Doug Amhoff.
“He couldn’t even bring himself to touch that Bible,” a Facebook post was viewed more than 35,000 times. “Do you all need a spell for you?” Read another widely shared post. “A believer in Christ cannot wait to get hold of that Bible … a Satanist cannot touch it!” Note that she has gloves … she has her clutch bag on top! “
But the black object at the top of the larger Bible was another Bible, as photographs were confirmed from a different angle. The Associated Press reported that Harris used two Bibles during his oath.
One was of Regina Shelton, a family friend whose Bible Harris swore on becoming California Attorney General and later Senator. The others were previously Justice Thurgood Marshall of the African American Supreme Court.
Joint Chief of Staff Vice Chairman did not create Telegram channel
Claim: Air Force General John Hyten, vice chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, created a channel on the popular messaging app Telegram and posted there several dozen times, sharing videos, pictures and phrases such as “Nothing can stop coming.” “And” Truth will shake the world. “
Facts: Hitein’s spokesman, Major Trisha Guillebue, confirmed to AP that the general does not have a Telegram account and the channel’s producers are impersonating her. The telegram channel was titled “General Hiten” on Monday.
By the next day, it had dozens of posts and over 200,000 subscribers. The posts coming from the channel’s Hiten urged users not to expect and “have faith”.
Some posts included videos or pictures of former President Donald Trump. The posts, indicated on imminent breaking news and the possible use of an emergency broadcasting system, reflect an erroneous theory that President Joe Biden’s January 20 inauguration would be hampered by the imposition of the Emergency Broadcasting or Trump Insurance Act.
Several posts on the channel included words such as “Great Awakening,” “Storm” and “Nothing Can Stop Coming”, often used by QAnon supporters, an erroneous conspiracy theory in this baseless belief It is implied that Trump is fighting a deep battle. The enemies of the state and the devil-worshiping cannibals operate a child sex trafficking ring.
The person sharing the posts used an image of Hyten and claimed to be his, even writing, “The account has been maintained by me. -Arjun However, Guillebue confirmed to AP that an impersonator was behind the account.
“This telegram account is fake,” Guillebue said in a phone interview. “General Hiten does not have any commercial or personal social media accounts.” The channel was mentioned in hundreds of other Telegram channels populated by QAnon supporters as of Tuesday, according to Marc-Andre Argentino, a doctoral candidate at Concordia University who studies the QAnon movement. Telegram did not respond to a request for comment from AP, but affixed the warning label to the channel on Tuesday.