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Are Email Petitions Useful?




'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: ADD


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


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


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


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


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