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With nearly 30 years of fact checks, hoaxes, rumors, and true stories in our archives, the history of Snopes.com is also the history of internet culture itself. We’ve fact-checked everything from questionable email forwards to insidious anti-vaccine misinformation to weird web history to weaponized propaganda.
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Back in 2017, we fought off a takeover attempt by hostile shareholders. Over the last four years, they’ve filed lawsuit after lawsuit to silence us and bleed us dry — including suing us for defamation for telling you, the public, about this case. (In one of our many legal victories to date, the court tossed out their defamation claims.)
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