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Social media: Social media meme asserts U.S. corn belt yields 40% more oxygen than the Amazon

Social media: Social media meme asserts U.S. corn belt yields 40% more oxygen than the Amazon

This poster is a persuasive bit of propaganda. Most of it is not true. The parts that are true are that the Corn belt is a very productive region, and about 80 million acres (close to 100 million in the poster?) are growing corn. This item had been shared into my Facebook news feed.

Busted: “11 teens die a day from texting and driving”

Busted: “11 teens die a day from texting and driving”

An Internet meme says “11 teens die each day from texting while driving”. This claim, however, is false. In 2017, an average of 6 teens died each day from all vehicle accident causes. Cell phone usage falls within the distracted driving category. According to the government, distracted driving accounts for 9% of all crashes – therefore, cellphone usage is even less than this.

Propaganda: How dark chocolate was turned into health food

Propaganda: How dark chocolate was turned into health food

How did dark chocolate become a health food in the United States? Industry funded studies finding obscure benefits were then touted by press release, then rewritten into health food stories by news reporters. It’s been a highly successful propaganda campaign that turned high fat, high sugar foods into health foods (contrary to the earlier meme that high fat and sugar foods are bad for us).

Yet another in the endless, shared, fake (or modified) memes on Facebook

Yet another in the endless, shared, fake (or modified) memes on Facebook

This item was shared into my FB feed today, claiming these two were killed in Afghanistan in June of 2019. In fact, the photo is copyrighted with all rights reserved, and is from 2011. The purpose is to emotionally hook viewers into sharing it, thereby getting exposure for their online business. The page appears to be maintained in Kosovo, and their organization’s address for their Pet Cemetery in New York City is that of a college student housing dormitory.