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Viral Image of Julian Assange Mistreated in Jail Actually Created by AI

Original article (in Albanian) was published on 5/3/2024; Author: Pustina Patris Claim: This image depicts Julian Assange being assaulted in jail, yet it has gone largely unmentioned. Verdict: AI-generated photo An image that appears to show Julian Assange injured has been circulating on Albanian-speaking social media platforms since February 2024. Users on these platforms have drawn […]

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Irish Soccer Players Did Not Disrespect the Israeli Anthem in Protest Against Gaza Attacks

Original article (in Albanian) was published on 5/3/2024; Author: Pustina Patris Claim: Irish soccer players turned their backs during the Israeli anthem in a protest. Verdict: Missing context On February 23, 2024, the under-17 girls’ soccer teams from Ireland and Israel competed at the Air Albania Stadium in Tirana. Following the match, several Albanian-speaking portals and […]

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False Medical Practitioners Recommend Home Remedies for Blocked Veins

Original article (in Albanian) was published on 6/2/2024; Author: Ilda Hoxha False medical professionals are still being utilized by online portals to provide seemingly trustworthy medical advice that recommends purchasing various products. ‘Faktoje’ has recently verified another instance where an article, under the guise of medical guidance, promoted a product for treating vein-related problems. Articles shared […]

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Pope Francis has not given his blessing for the rewriting of the Bible by Artificial Intelligence

Original article (in Albanian) was published on 2/01/2024; Author: Ilda Hoxha The World Economic Forum will not rewrite the Bible using Artificial Intelligence, as claimed in posts circulated on social media. Faktoje provides data showing we are dealing with misinformation. Posts shared on social media in our country claim that the World Economic Forum will rewrite […]

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Caution Advised: Scams Involving Donald Trump Gold Coins

Original article (in Albanian) was published on 7/01/2024; Author: Ilda Hoxha A fabricated video featuring the CEO of the Bank of America has been exploited to promote the sale of Donald Trump’s gold coins, even targeting Albanian Facebook users. Faktoje exposed this scam, which also misled numerous supporters of the former president. Social media posts in […]

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The Year in Disinformation: 2023 Through the Eyes of Fact Checkers

By: Maida Salkanović Elon Musk professing his love for Serbia, airport luggage auctioned for a mere Euro, and the circulation of supposedly miraculous cures were just some of the false claims shared all across Southeast Europe (SEE) in 2023. Fact-checkers were busy – in this review they offer their perspectives on the previous 12 months. […]

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Despite Accusations, Arnold Schwarzenegger Advocates for Palestinian Statehood

Original article (in Albanian) was published on 03/01/2023 Arnold Schwarzenegger, the renowned actor, has declared his support for the establishment of a Palestinian state, refuting claims of using derogatory language against Palestinians. In an October interview, the iconic star of “The Terminator” discussed the Israel-Palestine conflict. Various online articles have listed celebrities who have a pro-Israel […]

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Reports of Serbian Priest’s Arrest for Inciting Movement Against Islam in Kosovo Are Unfounded

Original article (in Albanian) was published on 06/12/2023 Reports of the arrest of a Serbian priest for funding the “Voluntary Movement for Abandoning the Islamic Faith” in Kosovo have been found to be untrue. After thorough checks, it’s clear that neither the Kosovo Police nor the Peja Prosecutor’s Office have detained anyone on such charges. In […]

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Balancing Act: Media, Disinformation, and Bias in the Israel-Palestine Conflict

By: Maida Salkanović The recent major escalation in the enduring conflict between Israel and Palestine, the most significant in decades, has led to an information surge on social media and news platforms. The large amount of disinformation and polarizing narratives complicate the task of making sense of the available information. On October 7, the Palestinian […]

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Klaus Schwab’s Cybersecurity Warning Misconstrued as Global Attack Plan on Social Media

Original article (in Albanian) was published on 06/12/2023 Social media users are claiming that Klaus Schwab, the CEO of the Global Economic Forum, has planned a major cyber-attack to cause global disruption. However, these allegations are based on a misleading video clip, leading many to fall prey to this deception. The video in question, widely shared […]