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Hoax-Off | FactChecking Day

Fact-checkers get to see all kinds of weird, ridiculous or outright dangerous falsehoods in their everyday work.

We collected 16 of the worst offenders from around the world.

You get to select the hoaxiest hoax of them all. Vote for your favorite below, and the top choices will pass to a knock-off stage.

Important note: ALL CLAIMS BELOW ARE NOT TRUE!


Hoax-Off competition | Winner

 João Bico

30 percent of Brazilian GDP is spent on corruption

A mayoral candidate in São Paulo claimed that a study shows the cost of corruption in Brazil amounts to 30% of the country's GDP. There is no such report, and the figure is likely largely inflated.

Round One votes | 23

Quarter Final votes | 84

Semi Final votes | 69

Final votes | 592

Agência Pública (Brazil)

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Hoax-Off competition Stats

Total votes | 2018

Round One

Total round votes | 422

 Italian and Russian media

Total votes | 131

 Donald Trump

Total votes | 56

 Donald Trump

Total votes | 49

 UK Daily Mail

Total votes | 42

 Mágino Alves Barbosa Filho

Total votes | 40

 João Bico

Total votes | 23

 Politicops

Total votes | 17

 La Stampa

Total votes | 13

 Salim Uslu

Total votes | 12

 Daily Post

Total votes | 11

 iMzansi

Total votes | 8

 Beppe Grillo

Total votes | 7

 Boris Johnson

Total votes | 6

 Gateway Pundit

Total votes | 5

 François Fillon

Total votes | 1

 Ilya Kiva

Total votes | 1

Quarter Finals

Total round votes | 413

 Donald Trump

Total votes | 63

vs

 UK Daily Mail

Total votes | 5

vs

 João Bico

Total votes | 84

vs

 La Stampa

Total votes | 14

vs

 Italian and Russian media

Total votes | 96

 Donald Trump

Total votes | 23

 Mágino Alves Barbosa Filho

Total votes | 66

 Politicops

Total votes | 62

Semi Finals

Total round votes | 143

 Donald Trump

Total votes | 14

vs

 Politicops

Total votes | 12

vs

 Italian and Russian media

Total votes | 48

 João Bico

Total votes | 69

Finals

Total round votes | 1034

 João Bico

Total votes | 592

vs

 Italian and Russian media

Total votes | 442