We're So Very Sorry — Upworthy's Big Bucket Of Accountability

Welcome to the Upworthy corrections department. At the bottom of this page, you'll find our biggest screwups.

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(Note: Because we've been around since early 2012 and our posts are meant to be shared, sometimes an outdated post will start getting attention again.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: 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.

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