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1. The Paris attacks were not, to our current knowledge, planned on a Playstation 4. That rumor seems to have originated with some bad reporting over at Forbes, where gaming contributor Paul Tassi claimed (a) that Belgian officials believed ISIS used PS4s to communicate and that (b) a console was found in this weekend’s raids.
2. The Eiffel Tower did not go dark in honor of Paris victims. Several reporters and news organizations, most of them not local to France, tweeted heart-wrenching photos of the dark Eiffel Tower on Friday night: It had, they claimed, gone dark “in memory of the victims of the terrorist attack.
3. The Calais refugee camp wasn’t torched in retaliation for the attacks. Shortly after the violence in Paris, another incident broke out to the north: A fire tore through “the Jungle,” a giant refugee camp in Calais, not far from the Belgian border. In its aftermath, some Twitter users shared pictures of the flames and claimed the camp had been sent ablaze in revenge.
4. This Sikh man was not one of the Paris attackers. But several news outlets reported that he was, after a smiling selfie of Veerender Jubbal — Photoshopped to include a copy of the Koran and a suicide vest — began making the Twitter rounds. Jubbal, who is neither Muslim nor European (“[I] am a Sikh dude with a turban. Live in Canada,” he wrote), believes he’s being targeted by Gamergate, of whom he’s been critical.
5. ‘Battlefield 3′ did not predict the attacks. “Comrades,” the sixth mission in the first-person shooter “Battlefield 3,” occurs at an inauspicious place and time: At Paris’ Euronext exchange on Nov. 13, 2014. Apart from the day of the month and the city, there’s little else in common between “Battlefield” and Friday’s events.
6. A Twitter account called @PZBooks did not predict them, either. On Nov. 11, two days before the attacks, the Twitter bot @PZBooks sent an ominous tweet: “Death toll from Paris terror attack rises to at least 120.” That would be very creepy and inexplicable, if it wasn’t a semi-inevitable consequence of how @PZBooks works.
7. Parisians at the Place de la Republique did not hold a sign saying “Not Afraid.” That image, while real, was taken in January by the journalist Sruthi Gottipati; it was tweeted Friday by the political scientist Ian Bremmer, who gave no indication that it was from earlier in the year., 2015
8. Donald Trump did not tweet that that the tragedy “took place in one of the toughest gun control countries in the world.” Well, he did — but he did it almost 11 months ago, shortly after the attacks on Charlie Hebdo.
9. “Crisis actors” from Sandy Hook, Boston and Oregon were not at the scene of the Paris attack. The pernicious and ever-growing myth of the “Sandy Hook girl” is only proof of the fact that, if you comb through enough news photos, you’ll eventually find a thin brunette. As the Washington Post has written before, these women are demonstrably, identifiably different people — not that that’s soothed hardcore conspiracy theorists.