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Sometimes we blow it. We try really hard not to. But it happens to all of us humans.

By blow it, we mean publishing a piece with factual inaccuracies, or (rarely), even one with a false premise or that does more harm than good. When that happens, we will do the following:

  1. Edit the existing content page with updated information, noting that it's being corrected.
  2. Add the error to this page so people can see how much we blew it and what we're doing to fix it.
  3. If the post's entire premise was wrong, we'll repost the corrected post on our social media accounts, clearly marking it as a correction, to make sure it gets the same amount of attention as the original incorrect content.
  4. Do everything in our power to make sure we never have to update this post again.

Facts are important. They often get lost in the 24-hour news cycle. We'd like to make sure they get the attention they deserve. You can read more about our fact-checking policies on Upworthy Insider.

(Note: Because we've been around since early 2012 and our posts are meant to be shared, sometimes an outdated post will start getting attention again. We don't always see that happen, but when we do, we'll do our best to update it accordingly.)

So again, our bad. Here's our list of screw-ups:




  • The Content: 8 of the most fascinating places on Earth you'll probably never see in person.
  • The Problem: The post misstated the record low temperature for McMurdo Station in Antarctica; the record low at McMurdo is minus 58 degrees Fahrenheit. It also misstated the number of personnel at McMurdo during the summer months — it's around 1,000.
  • How We Fixed It: Updated the facts and added a correction, as well as two other clarifications.



  • The Content: This simple, brilliant idea gives homeless people a way to get ahead.
  • The Problem: The post mistakenly stated that the Siloam Mission houses 500 people. That's approximately the number of meals they serve per sitting; they house about 110 per night. And the MOST program was launched in 2009, not 2013.
  • How We Fixed It: Updated the facts and added a correction.







  • The Content: FIFA World Cup gets red-carded by John Oliver for the death, slavery, and bribery things.
  • The Problem: We relayed an incorrect figure from The Washington Post that said over 1,200 people had already died working to build the World Cup venues in Qatar. As noted in the revised text and Washington Post correction, that figure had misleadingly included all causes of death for migrant workers in Qatar. Conflicting reports have made it unverifiable how many migrant deaths, if any, are related directly to World Cup construction.
  • How We Fixed It: Updated the story and added a correction.








  • The Content: A new kind of kindergarten design encourages kids to be their silly selves.
  • The Problem: We misunderstood the TED speaker and incorrectly stated that the boy in the playground diagram traveled 3.7 miles in 20 minutes. That would be one really fast tyke. Turns out he covered 3.7 miles in the whole morning.
  • How We Fixed It: Corrected the post and added a correction.


  • The Content: Our mistake: A post on artificial sweeteners we retracted
  • The Problem: This post failed to meet our editorial standards and we regret publishing it. While the post made references to several studies that were fact-checked and correct, the overall post lacked the necessary context to make such a broad claim. It also did not give proper consideration to conflicting scientific studies or experts.
  • How We Fixed It: We retracted the post and issued an apology.




  • The Content: Science Says: Most People Have The Same Secret
  • The Problem: One chart stated that the proportion of women who are "not covering" to "covering" was 44%-66%, which adds up to 110%.
  • How We Fixed It: We updated the chart to 34%-66% and added a correction to the post.





  • The Content: The Center For Disease Control Explains Why Infections Are Spreading In One Graphic
  • The Problem: The share text on Facebook incorrectly implied that the food we eat is making our bodies better at fighting bacteria. While that's true for diets rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains (y'know, healthy stuff), that's not what we meant. We meant to say "How the food we eat might be making us sicker."
  • How We Fixed It: We corrected the text on Facebook and added a correction to the post.







  • The Content: Are You In The Majority Of Everything? Check This Handy Chart.
  • The Problem: The original chart misstates the proportion of people in North and South America. North America (including Central America and the Caribbean) is more populous than South America.
  • How We Fixed It: We added a correction with the correct proportion, which is about 8 North Americans and 6 South Americans.



  • The Content: McDonald's Chicken McNuggets Under A Microscope
  • The Problem: The video wasn't a scientific analysis. It was a character assassination without evidence. A good video would have identified the components in the chicken in a scientific setting and compared it to everything else we eat every day. Without context, it's just theater.
  • How We Fixed It: We created this post to keep track of all our errors (and included all previous corrections below). We will scrutinize content far more closely from now on at every step of our editorial process.



  • The Content: How The Republican Convention Contradicts The Entire Republican Convention
  • The Problem: We made a graphic about the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., and assumed that the "no-weapons zone" around it included guns. Turns out, it banned all kinds of other things but not guns.
  • How We Fixed It: We made a new graphic just for the correction and posted it below the original.




  • The Content: Pop Quiz: California Spent X Times As Much On Prisoners As It Did On Students?
  • The Problem: We made an infographic based on CNN data that turned out to be incomplete and potentially misleading.
  • How We Fixed It: Unfortunately, complete data wasn't available, so we weren't able to update our graphic. But we did change the headline to reflect our uncertainty. We'll be much more critical of the data we get, even from a source like CNN.

And one more note, just for transparency: In May 2015, we deleted several dozen old Upworthy posts on which the video embeds had been removed.

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