A look at what didn’t hap­pen this week

The Trentonian (Trenton, NJ) - - NEWS -

A roundup of some of the most pop­u­lar but com­pletely un­true sto­ries and vi­su­als of the week. None of these is le­git, even though they were shared widely on so­cial me­dia. The As­so­ci­ated Press checked these out. Here are the real facts:

THE CLAIM: Madonna told Fox News: “I heav­ily re­gret my vote against Trump ... and I will vote for Trump in 2020.”

THE FACTS: Madonna, a vo­cal critic of Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, has not changed her pol­i­tics, as stated in a so­cial me­dia post be­ing shared. Luke Bur­land, Madonna’s pub­li­cist, told The As­so­ci­ated Press on Tues­day that the post is “com­pletely not true,” ad­ding that Madonna “never did an in­ter­view with Fox.” The post, which con­sists of her pic­ture along­side a quote said to be from a Sept. 5, 2018, Fox News in­ter­view, sur­faced again re­cently af­ter cir­cu­lat­ing on so­cial me­dia in Septem­ber. Madonna has been an out­spo­ken critic of Trump and op­posed his can­di­dacy. In 2016, she posted an In­sta­gram story of a Trump piñata for her son’s birth­day. She also posted a pic­ture that year of Trump’s sons Don­ald Jr. and Eric dur­ing a hunt­ing trip with the cap­tion, “One more rea­son to vote for Hil­lary!”

THE CLAIM: Video shows French fire­fight­ers turn­ing their backs and walk­ing out on French Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron dur­ing a cer­e­mony.

THE FACTS: Macron was not at the event where fire­fight­ers were cap­tured on video turn­ing their backs on of­fi­cials on Satur­day, Dec. 1, but the video is real. So­cial me­dia users be­gan shar­ing the video with the false claim af­ter grass­roots demon­stra­tions in France turned vi­o­lent last week­end. The protests be­gan as a re­sponse to Macron’s plan to in­crease the fuel tax. Se­bastien Delavoux, sec­re­tary gen­eral of the lo­cal fire and res­cue union, told The As­so­ci­ated Press that fire­fight­ers turned their backs to­ward their em­ploy­ers be­cause they were an­gry that their years­long con­cerns about staffing is­sues had not been ad­dressed.

THE CLAIM: A so­cial me­dia post states: “If you need to call 911 but are scared to be­cause of some­one in the room, dial and ask for a pep­per­oni pizza. They will ask if you know you’re call­ing 911. Say yes, and con­tinue pre­tend­ing you’re mak­ing an or­der.You can ask how long it will take for the pizza to get to you, and they will tell you how far away a pa­trol unit is. Share this to save a life!!!”

THE FACTS: Dis­patch­ers are not trained to in­ter­pret a take­out pizza or­der as a covert way of seek­ing emer­gency as­sis­tance. The claim has cir­cu­lated on so­cial me­dia for sev­eral years. Christo­pher Carver, dis­patch cen­ter op­er­a­tions direc­tor for the Na­tional Emer­gency Num­ber As­so­ci­a­tion, told The As­so­ci­ated Press in a state­ment that ask­ing for a “pizza in emer­gency sit­u­a­tions is not stan­dard prac­tice or pro­ce­dure.” Carver said a dis­patcher would not hang up upon hear­ing a pizza or­der, they would ask more ques­tions to de­ter­mine what is go­ing on. But, he said, there is no sin­gle na­tion­wide rule re­gard­ing what to do if some­one calls or­der­ing pizza. “Set­ting any ex­pec­ta­tions of se­cret phrases that will work with any 911 cen­ter is po­ten­tially very dan­ger­ous,” he said. Carver sug­gested that if some­one is un­able to speak on the phone a bet­ter op­tion would be to text 911.

THE CLAIM: Video shows French cit­i­zens chant­ing “We want Trump!” dur­ing re­cent protests.

THE FACTS: So­cial me­dia users are mis­rep­re­sent­ing the video, falsely claim­ing it was taken dur­ing re­cent protests in France. The video ac­tu­ally shows peo­ple at a demon­stra­tion in Lon­don chant­ing for Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump. The video was taken June 9, 2018, dur­ing a rally held in sup­port of Tommy Robin­son, a right-wing ac­tivist who was jailed for con­tempt of court in Eng­land. In the video, a demon­stra­tor wear­ing a Trump mask can be seen on top of a blue sight­see­ing bus try­ing to rally the crowd by chant­ing, “We want Trump!” Posts say­ing the video was taken dur­ing a French demon­stra­tion be­gan cir­cu­lat­ing widely on so­cial me­dia af­ter protests in France turned vi­o­lent the week­end of Dec. 1.

This is part of The As­so­ci­ated Press’ on­go­ing ef­fort to fact-check mis­in­for­ma­tion that is shared widely on­line, in­clud­ing work with Face­book to iden­tify and re­duce the cir­cu­la­tion of false sto­ries on the platform.

Find all AP Fact Checks here: https://www.ap­news.com/tag/ APFac­tCheck

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In this file photo, Madonna per­forms dur­ing the Women’s March on Washington. On Fri­day The As­so­ci­ated Press has found that sto­ries cir­cu­lat­ing on the in­ter­net that she in­tends to vote for Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump in 2020 are un­true.

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