Petitions and Protests
Misleading Protest Message Calls for KFC Boycott Due to Halal Hand Wipe Rules
Protest message circulating via Facebook calls for a boycott of KFC after staff at a halal KFC branch in Leicester, UK, refused to give a customer hand wipes because they contain alcohol and might therefore break Islamic rules.
Published: September 30, 2014
Protest Message Claims Arab Man Refused to Sell Gas to Uniformed Soldier
A boycott message going viral via social media claims that an Arabic worker at a Michigan gas station refused to sell gas to a uniformed U.S. Army reservist.
Published: September 2, 2014
Image of Police Officer Macing a Child
Circulating message that contains a photograph of a police officer spraying mace at a young girl asks recipients to repost the information in the hope that the officer can be identified and dealt with.
Updated: August 18, 2014
OUTDATED - Viral Video of Mother Beating Baby
Viral social media message that features a disturbing video of a woman beating an infant asks users to share the footage as much as possible in the hope that the offender can be identified and brought to justice.
Published: May 26, 2014
'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
Bogus MADD Petition
Email petition that claims to be sponsored by MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) asks recipients to sign the message and send it to others.
Updated: 6th December 2011
False Claim - Cardiff City Football Club Refused to Donate Club Shirt for Fallen Soldier's Coffin
Protest message circulating via social media claims that Cardiff City football club refused to donate a club shirt to place in the coffin of Lance Corporal Richard Scanlon, a soldier killed in Afghanistan despite a request for a shirt from the soldier's family.
Published: 24th November 2011
Child Abuse Protest Message - Child Being Stepped on Photograph
Facebook driven protest message that features a disturbing image of a small child being stepped on by a grown man, asks users who are against child abuse to "like" and "share" the message.
Published: 3rd November 2011
Inaccurate Protest Message - Poundland and Bodyshop Banning Staff From Wearing Poppies
Circulating protest message claims that UK based stores Poundland and BodyShop have banned their staff from wearing Remembrance Day poppies.
Published: 1st November 2011
Bill Cosby - 'I'm 76 and I'm Tired'
Circulating diatribe that condemns the conduct of Muslims and blames many of the world's ills on poor and lazy people is attributed to US comedian Bill Cosby.
Published: 7th October 2011
Bob Katter and the 'Labor Party's Worst Nightmare' Polemic
A widely circulated political diatribe that discusses perceived problems with modern Australian social and political life is attributed to conservative independent MP Bob Katter.
Published: 15th September 2011
Are UK Companies Required by Law To Transfer 0800 Callers to UK Based Reps If Requested?
Circulating message claims that UK residents who contact a company via a 0800 phone number and find that they are talking to an overseas customer service representative can ask to be transferred to a UK based representative, thereby helping to create more UK jobs. According to the message, there is a law requiring companies to make such a call transfer if requested by a customer.
Published: 14th September 2011
Dollar Bills Stamped With 'NO GOD BUT ALLAH'
Circulating message warns that Muslims are stamping the slogan "NO GOD BUT ALLAH" beneath the words "IN GOD WE TRUST" on American dollar bills. The message includes a photograph depicting such a defaced note.
Published: 29th June 2011
No Ordinary Bus - Robert Mugabe's Luxury Bus Protest Message
Protest message claims a series of attached photographs depict a luxuriously appointed coach that President of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe bought himself despite the dire economic straits that nation is currently enduring.
Published: 25th June 2011
Pepsi Can Email Hoax
Message claims that a new Pepsi can is to feature the Pledge of Allegiance, but will omit the words "Under God"
Updated: 23rd March 2011
False Story Claims 450 Gaza Grooms Wed Girls Under Ten in Mass Muslim Marriage
Protest message, supposedly supported by photographs of child brides, claims that 450 girls under ten were forced to marry adult men in a mass Muslim marriage recently held in Gaza.
Updated: 9th March 2011
Crosses on the Beach at Santa Barbara - ACLU Suit Against Military Crosses And Prayer in the Military?
Prayer request message that includes information and photographs about the temporary military memorial at Santa Barbara, California claims that the ACLU has filed lawsuits to have all military cross-shaped headstones removed and completely stop prayer in the military.
Published: 8th March 2011
Prime Minister Howard - Muslims Out Of Australia
Email forward claims that former Australian Prime Minister John Howard told the media that immigrants should adapt to Australian culture, language and beliefs or leave the country. It also claims that Howard told Muslims who want to live under Islamic Sharia law that they should get out of Australia.
Updated: 4th February 2011
Hoax - University of Kentucky Removes Holocaust From Curriculum
Protest email claims that the University of Kentucky is about to remove teachings of the Holocaust from its school curriculum because it could offend the Muslim population.
Published: 25th January 2011
Facebook Protest Message Against Casey Anthony Book Deal
Circulating protest message claims that Casey Anthony, reviled mother of murdered two year old Caylee Anthony, is set to make a lot of money via a movie and book deal. The message asks users to boycott any such book or movie.
Published: 13th January 2011
Animal Mistreatment Protest Message - Firecracker Put In Dog's Mouth
Circulating social media message includes a graphic and disturbing image of a German Shepherd with its face partially blown off after youths placed a firecracker in its mouth. The message asks users to share if they are against the mistreatment of animals.
Published: 10th January 2011
Protest Message About Bedfordshire Police Rules Regarding Muslims
Circulating message claims to list instructions given to the Bedfordshire Police regarding police entry to Muslim households.
Published: 7th January 2011
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
Amazon Rainforest Email Petition
Email asks recipients to "sign" and forward the email to help stop deforestation of the Amazon Rainforest
Updated: November 2009
ACLU Objects to Praying Marines Hoax
Email forward claims that the ACLU objected to a group of US Marines bowing their heads in prayer during a military ceremony
Updated: November 2009
Dr John Holt Email Petition - Microwave Cancer Therapy Email
Email petition asks recipients to add their name in order to pressure the Australian Government into supporting and acknowledging the controversial cancer treatment of Perth based Dr John Holt
Updated: November 2009
The Obama Phone - Free Cell Phones for Welfare Recipients
Protest message claims that US President Obama has established a program in which welfare recipients are eligible to receive a free cell phone and a free monthly phone allowance
Published: November 2009
Tommy Hilfiger Racist Comments to Oprah Winfrey Hoax
Email claims that fashion guru Tommy Hilfiger openly admitted to making racist comments while being interviewed by Oprah Winfrey
Updated: November 2009
Bonsai Kittens Email Petition
Email exhorts recipients to sign and forward a message protesting the practise of creating "bonsai kittens" by placing cats in glass jars to restrict their growth
Updated: November 2009
Cadbury Products - Halal Certification Authority Logo Protest Email
Protest message calls on Australian consumers to avoid buying products that include the Halal Certification Authority Logo because the fees food companies pay for the use of the logo go to a religion that is "actively trying to destroy the Australian way of life" and possibly even supporting terrorism
Published: October 2009
Australian Flag Lapel Pin Story - Response to Muslim Woman's Checkout Criticism
Protest email tells the story of how a Muslim woman in a supermarket checkout line was firmly put in her place after she made critical remarks about the cashier's Australian flag lapel pin and Australia's involvement in the Iraq war
Published: October 2009
Neiman Marcus Cookie Hoax - $250 Cookie Recipe
Email claims that a person tricked into paying $250 for the Neiman Marcus Cookie recipe is taking revenge against the company by distributing the recipe for free
Updated: 15th July 2009
Woolworths Two Hundred And Fifty Rand Cookie Recipe Hoax
Message claims that after Woolworths (South Africa) effectively tricked a customer into paying the "outrageous" price of 250 rand for a cookie recipe, the customer began circulating free copies of the recipe via email as a means of protesting the company's tactics
Published: July 2009
Missouri Teacher's Letter To Obama
Email claims that a letter to US President Obama that strongly criticizes his recent conduct was written by Kathleen Lyday, a school teacher from Missouri
Published: June 2009
Presidential Determination Rumour - Palestinian Resettlement in US
Protest message claims that US President Barack Obama has signed an executive order presidential determination that will allow hundreds of thousands of Palestinians to resettle in the United States
Published: February 2009
Islamic Punishment Protest Email - Photos of Boy's Arm Being Crushed Under Car Wheel
Email forward claims that a series of attached photographs show an 8 year old boy in Iran having his arm crushed by a car as punishment under Islamic law for stealing bread
Published: February 2009
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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