In October 2022, a popular Reddit post displayed a photograph that purportedly showed former U.S. President Jimmy Carter unveiling solar panels on the White House during his administration.
A popular tweet claimed that the former president lowered the top tax rate from 70 percent to 28 percent, balancing it with a novel income tax on Social Security Benefits.
A March 2022 post that claimed former U.S. President Ronald Reagan oversaw the repeal of the Fairness Doctrine, and vetoed Congressional bills seeking to codify the FCC’s guideline into law.
A meme spreading virally online falsely credits the former president with a distorted version of a quote from Karl Marx.
The story says that blacks will be losing their right to vote in 2007. The reason is that the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was not a law, it was just an act, but never passed into law. In 1982, according to the story, Ronald Reagan amended the Voting Rights Act for another 25 years…until 2007. At that time, congress will revisit the whole issue and in addition to congressional approval, there needs to be the approval of 38 states for the law to be extended.
False rumors that Alabama State Police arrested 3 poll workers from Birmingham followed Doug Jones’ surprising win in Alabama’s special election.
False rumors that the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals legalized Sharia Law came from websites that describe their content as “fiction.”
A self-described satirical website is behind false reports that “New Jersey’s first Muslim mayor” vowed to glorify Allah in all his decisions.
A satire story was — as usual — mistaken as real by some readers who didn’t see the displayed disclaimers.
One of the most difficult disinformation techniques to describe is also one of the most straightforward to defeat, which is not to say it is easy.