Back in December 2016, sometime after Democrats and the Clinton campaign floated the idea that “fake news” had cost her the election but before they’d switched gears and gone all in on the theory that Russians had hacked the election, Facebook announced that it would be teaming with the Associated Press and Snopes.com to flag fake news on the platform.

So it’s always fun to have a look at what the AP and Snopes have been up to when it comes to fact-checking. The AP recently determined that the Steele dossier, for instance, was not a Clinton campaign document, because “Clinton’s closest aides said they didn’t learn about the research until after the election.” Well, if her closets aides said so …

This next fact-check was done back in April, but The Daily Wire’s Kassy Dillon pulled it up today as another great example of the fact-checking on which social media relies:

You can’t see it in the screenshot, so we’ll clue you into what’s false about the claim: “Hillary Clinton did not personally destroy her phone with a hammer.” One of her aides did.

So it’s sort of half-true. Snopes reports:

According to FBI documents, investigators determined a total of thirteen devices were associated with Clinton’s two phone numbers and personal email domain, eight of which she used during her tenure as Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013. The FBI requested that all thirteen devices be handed over, but Clinton’s attorneys informed the FBI that they were “unable to locate any of these devices,” so the bureau was unable to examine them. Another Clinton aide, Huma Abedin, told FBI agents that the whereabouts of Clinton’s unwanted devices would “frequently become unknown.”

But again, Hillary Clinton herself never picked up a hammer and smashed a cell phone. It’s kind of a gray area.

FACT CHECK: MIXED. It was September, but it also wasn’t particularly hot that day.

For the record, NBC News pulled pretty much the same thing: Hillary Clinton didn’t “acid wash” her emails; a contractor used software called BleachBit to permanently erase them.

While we’re at it, here’s one more classic from Snopes, which is now fact-checking parody sites:


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