NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn’t happen this week

  • A registered nurse swabs a patient Dec. 10, 2020, during testing for COVID-19 in Mifflin Square Park in south Philadelphia. Stories circulating online incorrectly assert COVID-19 tests cause cancer because they are sterilized with ethylene oxide. Ethylene oxide is a gas commonly used to sterilize medical equipment. It is also used in the sterilization of spices and cosmetics. While it is listed by federal agencies as a carcinogen with long-term exposure, experts say the gas is used only in small amounts to sterilize COVID testing kits and would not present a cancer hazard. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

  • People walk around Oxford University’s campus Sept. 3, 2017, in Oxford, England. Stories circulating online incorrectly assert Oxford is considering removing sheet music from its music curriculum as part of sweeping changes intended to “decolonize” the program. But there are no plans under consideration to remove sheet music or western musical notation from the music curriculum at Oxford University, according to Stephen Rouse, head of university communications. (AP Photo/Caroline Spiezio)

  • Labor leader and civil rights activist Dolores Huerta stands next to first lady Jill Biden on Wednesday as she talks with volunteers at a vaccination site at The Forty Acres, the first headquarters of the United Farm Workers labor union, in Delano, Calif. Stories circulating online incorrectly assert Biden gave a speech with the Nazi flag in the background. It actually features an Aztec eagle and is the farmworkers union’s flag. (Mandel Ngan/Pool via AP)

  • A voter submits a ballot Oct. 19, 2020 in an official drop box during early voting in Athens, Ga. Stories circulating online incorrectly assert Georgia’s new anti-voting law makes it a jail-time crime to drop off grandma’s absentee ballot in a drop box. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

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