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A video supposedly showing two women being arrested in an airport after participating in the violent Capitol protests went viral on social media.

No, that viral airport arrest TikTok does not show Capitol rioters

Security checkpoints and multiple layers of perimeter fencing stand around the entire south lawn of the White House on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

TFCN Fact-check: Was this wall installed at the White House on Election Day?

Voting stations set up in the South Wing of the Kentucky Exposition Center for voters to cast their ballot in the Kentucky primary in Louisville, Tuesday, June 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

TFCN Roundup: Is Sharpiegate legit? Did Melania Trump vote twice?

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., left, and Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., confer with Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., seated, as Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee appeal to Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, to delay the confirmation hearing of President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

TFCN Roundup: Did Democrat senators meet without masks?

Kanye West answers questions from Sr. pastor Joel Osteen during the 11 am service at Lakewood Church Sunday, November 17, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)

Fact-check: Is Kanye polling ahead of Biden and Trump in Kentucky?

In this April 3, 2020, photo, blue preservation solution is shown at Spectrum DNA in Draper, Utah. The company has developed the test kit to detect the coronavirus in patients’ saliva. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Fact-check: Will a COVID-19 vaccine alter your DNA?

Photo by: STRF/STAR MAX/IPx 2020 8/26/20 Three U.S. states are suing the Trump Administration over changes to the U.S. Postal Service ahead of the November election.

Fact-check: Did the White House block access to face masks in April 2020?

A doctored photo of white-robed Ku Klux Klan members carrying a sign that reads “Trump Pence” has spread across social media.

Fact-check: Did KKK members carry a banner endorsing Trump?

Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Fact-check: Did Joe Biden say that Breonna Taylor should be arrested?

President Donald Trump prepares to sign four executive orders during a news conference, including one that deferred the collection of the payroll taxes that workers pay to help fund Social Security, on Aug. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Fact-check: Does the president want to defund Social Security?

A recent tweet by Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk about the Obama administration's response to H1N1 needs more context.

Did the Obama Administration mishandle H1N1?

Shows an Instagram post that claims the creator of Fortnite bought thousands of acres of forest

Did the creator of Fortnite really buy thousands of acres of forest?


Did NASA give spiders drugs to see how they would affect web-spinning?


Did a teenager go blind from eating Pringles?

Instagram post showing an alleged fact about giant mushrooms ruling the earth before trees.

Did mushrooms rule the earth before trees?

Image shows YouTube Seth Flower examining a pair of Jesus Shoes with the rating "legit" over the video still.

Holy Moly: Do these Nike shoes really have blessed water in them?

We looked into whether a group of customers pulled a gun at a Popeyes that had run out of chicken sandwiches.

Did someone pull a gun on a Popeyes employee over a chicken sandwich?

We looked into a suspicious image the allegedly showed Pope Francis licking a baby.

Did Pope Francis actually lick a baby?


Bee-lieve this? Were bees just voted the most important species?

An image seems to show a Los Angeles Times story about office employees taking a selfie with a dead corowkrer. But there's much more to the story.

Did this office take a group selfie with a dead guy?

Tweet from Steven Crowder about cotton tote bags being bad for the environment.

Are cotton totes bad for the environment?

bette Midler tweet about Amazon's carbon footprint being huge

How big is Amazon’s carbon footprint?

Photo of trump holding doctored hurricane map

Did President Trump show a doctored Hurricane Dorian projection?

Picture of meme saying all batteries on earth store just 10 minutes of the world's energy needs.

Do all the batteries on Earth store just 10 minutes of our electricity needs?