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

  • FILE - Trays of printed social security checks wait to be mailed from the U.S. Treasury's Financial Management services facility in Philadelphia on Feb. 11, 2005. On Friday, Oct. 29, 2021, The Associated Press reported on stories circulating online incorrectly claiming refugees resettled in the U.S. receive $2,125 per month from the government, while Social Security recipients only receive an average of $1,400 per month. Refugees receive no such monthly payment. (AP Photo/Bradley C. Bower, File)

  • FILE - Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, testifies before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee at the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington on Tuesday, July 20, 2021. On Friday, Oct. 29, 2021, The Associated Press reported on stories circulating online incorrectly claiming Fauci’s experiments include one that magnified terror in the brains of monkeys and subjected them to frightening stimuli. His division of the National Institutes of Health was not involved in that study. (Stefani Reynolds/The New York Times via AP, Pool)

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: