The AFP News Agency has a lengthy thread fact-checking claims made online surrounding the death of Queen Elizabeth II, and this one stood out to us as being particularly facepalm-worthy:

Really?

Yes, really:

Social media posts claim Queen Elizabeth II announced before she died that she had information that could lead to the arrest of Hillary Clinton. This is false; there is no record of the queen making such a statement, and the claim matches a years-old meme that reflects a conspiracy theory that the former secretary of state and her husband kill their political opponents.

“I have information that will lead to the arrest of Hillary Clinton,” the queen is quoted as saying in an Instagram post shared September 9, 2022.

Variations of the same message circulated across Facebook and Instagram in posts that appeared to show screenshots of Twitter pages associated with the queen. Twitter accounts impersonating her also repeated the line.

Maybe next time the “fact-checkers” could first find out if there’s anybody who believed the meme in the first place.

It’s not the first time and certainly won’t be the last.

What would we do without the “fact-checkers”?

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OOF! RedSteeze (brutally) helps Glenn Kessler get his fact-check on Hillary Clinton’s claim about classified emails RIGHT and LOL

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