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  • 'Prayer For The Nation' Falsely Attributed to Billy Graham
    Circulating message features a "Prayer For The Nation" that it claims was penned by 95 year old American Christian evangelist Billy Graham.
    Published: December 2, 2013

  • Picture Of Baby Holding Gun to Mouth While on Mother's Lap
    A viral Facebook message, which features an image depicting a baby mouthing a handgun while laying on his or her mother's lap, asks people to share the picture in the hope that the mother can be exposed and dealt with by the police.
    Published: November 21, 2013

  • Circulating Video of Girl Throwing Puppies Causing Outrage
    Circulating social media message asks users to share a disturbing video of a young girl throwing puppies into a river. The message asks for help to identify the girl so that she can be made to pay for her actions.
    Published: November 11, 2013

  • False and Damaging Rumour 'RSPCA Paid to Keep Quiet About Halal Slaughtering'
    Messages circulating online claim that a wealthy Saudi prince pays the RSPCA 5 million per year to keep quiet about cruel Halal slaughtering methods in the UK and take no action to curtail the practise.
    Published: November 5, 2013

  • FBI is NOT Searching for Woman Flipping Baby in Viral Video
    Message circulating via social media claims that the FBI is calling on users to help identify a woman seen violently flipping a baby around and upside down in a viral video.
    Published: October 8, 2013

  • Message Asks Users to Support Lawsuit About Dog Shot By Police
    Circulating social media message claims that police threw a chair at a dog, tasered and shot him and then left him to bleed to death. The message asks users to like and share to support a family's lawsuit against the police.
    Published: September 18, 2013

  • Obama Muslim Stamp - USPS Muslim Holiday Stamp Release Protest Message
    Message claims that US President Obama has directed the US Postal Service to release a new stamp that honours the Muslim Eid holiday season. The message calls for a boycott of the stamp.
    Updated: September 9, 2013

  • China Food Imports � Is It Really That Simple?
    In a North American targeted screed, a copy/paste forward extolls the evils of food products imported from China. As the screed specifically targets North American imports, this article also focuses primarily on US/North American imports from China. However, the implications of the analysis could be applied to any importing country.
    Published: July 12, 2013

  • Costa Rica Turtle Egg Harvest Protest Email
    Email that call for a stop to a supposed "attack against nature" on the beaches of Costa Rica claims that a series of attached photographs depict crowds of people digging up and stealing turtle eggs that they will later sell.
    Updated: May 20, 2013

  • Protest Message - Dog Named 'Parrot' Shot by Police
    Message circulating via social media decries the public and seemingly unjustified, shooting of a dog named "Parrot" by a police officer.
    Updated: April 5, 2013

  • Facebook 'Name and Shame Baby Beater' Message
    Rapidly circulating Facebook message asks users to share a "name and shame" photograph of a man accused of severely beating a 17 month old baby.
    Published: April 2, 2013

  • Baby With Bong Protest Message
    Facebook message that features a young woman holding a bong to a baby's mouth asks users to spread the photo so that the woman will not regain custody of the child.
    Updated: March 22, 2013

  • New US Presidential Coins Omit "In God We Trust"?
    Protest message claims that "In God We Trust" was intentionally omitted from the new United States Presidential $1 Coins issued in 2007.
    Updated: January 10, 2013

  • Starbucks Lack of Support For Iraq Troops Rumor
    Message claims that Starbucks refused to donate coffee to Marines stationed in Iraq because the company does not support the war.
    Updated: December 11, 2012

  • Hoax - Oliver North Warned Congress About Osama Bin Laden in 1987
    Long circulated message claims that, while testifying at the Iran-Contra hearings in 1987, Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North warned questioning US senator Al Gore about a very dangerous Muslim terrorist named Osama bin Laden and recommended that an "assassin team be formed to eliminate him and his men from the face of the earth"
    Published: November 5, 2012

  • Australia Day Name Change Hoax Targets Prime Minister Gillard
    Vitriolic and abusive social media comments claim that Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard is set to change the name of Australia Day to "Citizens Day" in an attempt to pander to migrant groups.
    Published: November 2, 2012

  • UN Observers at USA Polls? No � And The Real Observers Have Been Doing That Since 2002. They Also Don�t Wear Body Armour.
    Recently circulated photos and posts accuse the Obama administration of bringing in UN troops to monitor polls during the 2012 general election (held on 06 November 2012). The observers are actually from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). OSCE is an intergovernmental organization and is independent of the United Nations. They have been observing major national elections in the US, by invitation of the US government, since the 2002 general election.
    Published: October 26, 2012

  • Hoax - Obama's Cook County Correctional Center
    Message that features a series of photographs depicting a luxuriously appointed prison claims that the pictures show the Cook County Correctional Center in Chicago, Illinois, a project brought to fruition by Barack Obama.
    Published: October 8, 2012

  • 'Causes' Petition Calling To End Using Dogs As Shark Bait
    The link to this petition recirculates periodically, most often accompanied by the photo of a dog with large hooks impaled through its snout. The petition, addressed to ‘the French government’ accuses French Islanders of using live dogs as shark bait and demands the French authorities end the practice. Some versions also link an article from the internet publication The Inquisitr.
    Published: September 11, 2012

  • Circulating Image Implies Heineken Supports Dog Fighting
    Widely circulated image shows a dog fight with a row of Heineken banners visible in the background.
    Published: September 4, 2012

  • Circulating Opinion Piece - 'Democratic, Republican Liberal-Progressive's Worst Nightmare'
    Oft forwarded political piece stridently discusses a long list of perceived problems with social and political life in modern America.
    Published: August 9, 2012

  • Circus Cruelty to Animals Protest Message - Baby Elephant Photograph
    Circulating message protesting the cruel treatment of circus elephants features as evidence a photograph of a baby elephant beside its mother.
    Published: 7th May 2012

  • 'Daddy it Hurts' Anti-Child Abuse Chain Letter
    Message that features an image of a small child with an injured face along with a poem about a child murdered by an abusive father exhorts recipients to repost the image and poem to show that they are against child abuse.
    Published: 3rd April 2012

  • False Protest Message Claims Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani Has Been Executed
    Social media driven protest message claims that Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani has been executed in Iran and asks why church and government authorities have not raised an international outcry about the pastor's death.
    Published: 28th March 2012

  • 'Wolf' Slaughter Protest Message
    Message that features a photograph of hunters posing by a small truck filled with animal corpses decries the slaughter of the great wolves and asks that users pass on the picture to help stop the wolf killings.
    Published: 3rd March 2012

  • Hoax - Right To Be Connected to an Australian Phone Rep
    Message claims that Australians have the right to be transferred to an Australian based representative if they have been connected to an overseas help centre when calling a company or service.
    Published: 24th February 2012

  • Caged Pigs Protest Message
    Circulating message that features a photograph depicting pigs confined to very small cages claims that the photograph was taken on an American factory farm and that the pigs are kept in the tight cages so that they will fatten up more quickly because their movement is restricted.
    Published: 3rd February 2012

  • Refugee Monthly Allowance From Australian Government Hoax
    Protest emails claim that refugees receive a substantially higher monthly payment from the Australian government than do Australian pensioners.
    Published: 31st January 2012

  • Corpus Christi - Gay Jesus Movie Hoax
    Protest email claims that an upcoming movie to be called Corpus Christi depicts Jesus and his disciples as homosexuals.
    Updated: 8th October 2010

  • Pastor Removal from Television - Petition Number 2493
    Protest email claims that atheists have filed a petition asking for the FCC to put an end to religious programs on radio and television.
    Updated: 5th October 2010

  • Muslims Praying Every Friday in Streets of New York Protest Message
    Protest message claims that, every Friday, many Muslims pray on Madison Avenue and other streets of New York, thereby blocking streets and disrupting traffic. The message includes photographs depicting large groups of Muslims praying.
    Published: 29th September 2010

  • UK Pensioners v Asylum Seekers Protest Message
    Protest message claims that asylum seekers in the UK receive a substantially higher weekly allowance from the British government than do British pensioners.
    Published: 28th September 2010

  • Canadian Refugee Pensions Protest Hoax
    Protest message claims that refugees in Canada receive a substantially higher monthly pension payment from the Canadian government than that received by Canadian old age pensioners.
    Published: 27th August 2010

  • Muslim Sign in Houston Mall Protest Message - The Martyrdom of Imam Ali
    Protest email claims that a sign posted on the door of a Muslim owned shop in Houston in September 2009, honoured one of the September 11 hijackers who flew the aircraft into the World Trade Center.
    Published: 3rd June 2010

  • Muslim Protest Photographs - Pictures From London
    Email claims that a series of attached photographs depict a protest in London at which Muslim demonstrators displayed placards with violent and inflammatory slogans.
    Published: 13th March 2010

  • Jamie Bulger Email Petition
    Seriously outdated email petition requests that recipients "sign" and send the message to others in an attempt to prevent the release of Jon Venables and Robert Thompson, the boys who murdered toddler Jamie Bulger in 1993
    Updated: 10th March 2010

  • Tammy Burned Dog Email Petition
    Email petition describes a case in which a dog was deliberately and very badly burned by its owners. It asks recipients to "sign" and forward the message in the hope that the names can be used by the SPCA in the prosecution of those responsible
    Published: November 2008

  • Barack Obama in Afghanistan Protest Email
    Email from a US soldier stationed in Afghanistan claims that Senator Barack Obama snubbed troops during a recent visit to the region
    Published: July 2008

  • Robert Mugabe Mansion Photographs
    Email forward claims that attached photographs of an opulently appointed mansion show the home of President of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe
    Published: July 2008

  • Telstra Free Directory Assistance Protest Email
    Email claims that Australian telecommunications giant, Telstra, is replacing a previously free directory assistance number with a fee-based service and is deliberately hiding an alternative free number from consumers
    Published: February 2008

  • Oscar Mayer Does Not Support The War Hoax
    Email claims that Oscar Mayer refused to donate hotdogs to US Marines stationed in Iraq because the company does not support the war
    Published: January 2008

  • Email Petition Against the Closure of South African Child Protection Unit
    Email petition claims that South Africa's Child Protection Unit is to be closed and urges recipients to "sign" a message protesting the closure before sending it to others.
    Updated: 1st November, 2007

  • Red Arrows Olympic Ban Petition
    Message claims that organizers of the 2012 London Olympics have banned famous Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, The Red Arrows, from appearing at the event because they are "too British" and may offend other attending nations
    Published: October 2007

  • Holocaust Ban in UK Schools Chain Email
    Email "memorial chain" claims that the UK has removed topics about the Holocaust from its school curriculum
    Published: April 2007

  • Pascua Lama Mine Email Petition
    Message claims that the planned Pascua Lama mine in Chile may cause devastating environmental damage to the area and asks recipients to "sign" the email petition and send it to others
    Published: May 2006

  • Schapelle Corby Email Petition
    Forwarded message requests that you "sign" an email petition to help Schapelle Corby, a young woman facing the death penalty in Bali over drug related charges that may not be true.
    Published: April 2005


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