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Fact check: Inspiration behind original Statue of Liberty design

Social media users are circulating posts which claim that New York’s Statue of Liberty was originally modeled after an enslaved Black woman. This primary claim is false. The original model of the statue was inspired by the figure of a female Arab peasant, enlarged to colossal proportions.

Fact Check: Picture does not show advertising endorsed by TED

Users on social media are sharing a picture with an image of a child and adult holding hands, superimposed with text and logos, giving the impression of an advertising campaign. The text reads “Pedophilia is a natural sexual orientation” and the first logo below is the recognizable red letters of TED, the popular American organizer of online talks. The suggestion that TED endorses this message is false. The advertisement is fabricated.