Don’t believe everything you read on the internet.

With the sheer amount of info circulating right now, it’s easy to mix up fact and fiction, so here is a list of prominent rumors about the George Floyd and Black Lives Matter protests, debunked, fact-checked, and explained.

No, protestors did not steal a train from a Minneapolis mall.

A Twitter user posted a pic of protestors who allegedly stole a train from a Minneapolis mall, but this just isn’t true—the train was never stolen, and the picture is from Ferguson protests in 2014.This content is imported from Twitter. You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site.

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TikTok says it is *not* targeting Black Lives Matter hashtags.

Some TikTok users reported that hashtags about the Black Lives Matter movement and protests were blocked on the app, but TikTok says general hashtag blocking was a bug that affected “words at random.”

Since then, the glitches have been fixed and both hashtags are searchable.This content is imported from Twitter. You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site.

ANGELI” ANGELINA@angy_pangy_

Tiktok blocked all black lives matter hashtags, anything to do with George Floyd. Wow. Guess I gotta delete the app!104Twitter Ads info and privacy31 people are talking about thisThis content is imported from Twitter. You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site.elijah daniel@elijahdaniel

lol saying to support black creators is against the guidelines now? also i would really love an explanation on why you have shadowbanned half of your black creators in the past 48hrs? what’s good @tiktok_us

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TikTok blocked the #blacklivesmatter tag and every single tag related to #GeorgeFloyd.
This is disgusting.
Fuck TikTok.

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TikTokSupport@TikTokSupport

We are aware of an issue that is impacting the hashtag view counts displayed at the upload stage. This appears to affect words at random, including terms like #cat and #hello. Our team is investigating and working quickly to address the issue.

There have been missing persons accounts that have been proven to be false.

Be mindful about consuming your news via social media only—some Twitter accounts have posted untrue accounts of missing relatives (and are thankfully being called out).This content is imported from Twitter. You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site.

Pratik Sinha✔@free_thinker · 

Thread: How social media companies are fooling us all regarding their failures to fact-check issues on social media.

I want to use this simple example to explain what social media companies can do and are choosing not to.

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An account with 10 followers tweeted about a missing uncle in the middle of the strife going on in Minneapolis, US, and was retweeted 14.5k times. This is a common strategy to spread misinformation – Anonymous account + image or video + emotional story during a tense situation.

BuzzFeed News investigated one such tweet about a poster’s alleged missing brother after it got more than 30,000 retweets, and the 16-year-old running the account admitted they made it up and used a pic of a Black man they don’t know.

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“I apologize to everyone that I potentially worried or caused any work to help find my ‘missing brother’ and that I never intended it to get such a wide range of people finding it from the start of my tweet,” they said.

Protestors did not set fire to a Walmart in Minneapolis.

Protestors in Minneapolis did not set fire to a Walmart, as footage from this past weekend suggests. The building shown in the circulating video is an apartment complex in the city that was targeted by vandalism, but right now, it’s unclear if there is any connection to the protests.

A disturbing viral video showing a police officer pinning down a young Black boy is from last month, not from the protests.

In response to a “fake news” tweet by Donald Trump, a user attached an extremely disturbing video of a cop pinning down a young Black child with the hashtags #BlackLivesMatter and #GeorgeFloydProtests.

This video is from California and was taken last month—the officer was detaining the boy for possession of a cigar. The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department and the Rancho Cordova Police Department said they are investigating the officer’s use of force, and police chief Kate Adams said the officer has been temporarily reassigned to a role outside the department, but no other public action has been taken.

No, a TV reporter was not creating fake gunshot noises to incite chaos.

A TV reporter in Minneapolis was accused of playing fake gunshot noises on his cell phone during a series of peaceful protests and was confronted for it in a viral Twitter video, but according to the station, this isn’t exactly the full story.

According to a statement issued by the station’s news director, Kirk Varner, the reporter who filmed the peaceful protest heard someone from the crowds firing shots into the air.

“Wanting to confirm the sound he heard, he went to play back the video on his cell phone, which indeed shows an individual shooting into the air,” Varner said. An upset group of people then approached the reporter after hearing the audio.This content is imported from Twitter. You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site.New Bawdy@_eden______Replying to @k3lese

These “reports” sabotaging the protest making look like the protesters are armed by playing fake gunshot sounds

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Makeup does not protect against facial recognition tech.

There’s a rumor that makeup can help disguise protestors’ faces from surveillance, but that doesn’t seem to check out. Be mindful that cosmetics don’t stop facial recognition tech from working.This content is imported from Twitter. You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site.Naomi Wu 机械妖姬@RealSexyCyborg

Detected 3 out of 4 with @faceplusplus. That’s just a still- not a video stream or enrolment station. CV Dazzle is performance art, it hasn’t worked in years. https://twitter.com/cybersecboardrm/status/1235203853894561793 …

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The Minnesota Freedom Fund does NOT take Venmo donations.

The Minnesota Freedom Fund, which pays criminal and immigration jail bonds for oppressive jailing, is warning people that Venmo users are posing as their organization to gain donations. They do not take Venmo donations and are raising up other ways to help after being overwhelmed with donations.
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Hey y’all, there is a fraudulent Venmo account circulating with our name on it. At this time, the Minnesota Freedom Fund DOES NOT HAVE A VENMO. Do NOT send funds there.104KTwitter Ads info and privacy61.6K people are talking about this

You can find other ways to demand justice for Black lives and support protestors here.

There is no child militia in the United States.

Atlanta has not deployed a child militia and does not have any underage girls or boys serving in the National Guard. Personnel in Georgia’s National Guard are required to be of age to serve.This content is imported from Twitter. You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site.Fox Wound@foxwoundband

Atlanta has deployed a child militia at Lenox Mall fitted with riot shields and batons. What the actual fuck is going on?

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Looters did not kill a man for defending his store from them.

A graphic video of a man being beaten in Dallas started circulating on Twitter with people claiming “protestors” hit and killed him after he defended his store from looting. Dallas police, however, told BuzzFeed that this story doesn’t check out. The man was not defending a storefront and confronted protestors with a machete before further violence broke out. He is alive and recovering.

“The victim went to the 2200 block of N. Lamar Street (House of Blues) carrying a machete to allegedly protect his neighborhood from protesters,” a Dallas police spokesperson said in a statement. “The victim confronted protesters while holding the machete and was subsequently assaulted by the protesters. He was transported to an area hospital where he remains in stable condition. This remains an ongoing investigation.”

The guy on the right of this pic isn’t Derek Chauvin.

Derek Chauvin is *not* the man pictured in the photo on the right, according to Snopes—that’s a man named Jonathan Riches, a Trump supporter who frequently trolls people online. (Twitter later flagged the below tweet as “manipulated media” when Jonathan’s identity was confirmed.)This content is imported from Twitter. You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site.Biden_Brigade@biden_brigade

Here is Derek Chauvin, the racist cop who kept his knee on #GeorgeFloyd’s neck, cut off his air passage and murdered him, wearing a “Make Whites Great Again” hat

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Keep an eye out for fake Black Lives Matter organizer email addresses.

Organizers are warning people that an email address unassociated with Black Lives Matter Atlanta is being used to lure potential protestors into unsafe situations. Watch out for fake addresses and hoaxes.This content is imported from Twitter. You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site.Tiff Roberts@shedefendsit

🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨 Any e-mail coming from BLM@Gmail.com is NOT coming from @Mvmnt4BlkLives or allies in ATL. Please be mindful that movement is being infiltrated at the moment and people are being lured into unsafe environments. For info on the week of action in GA, follow @AJustGeorgia.

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Two police officers were not killed in Utah and North Dakota protests.

On Twitter, an elderly Trump supporter posted that two officers—Cody Holte and Nate Lyday—were killed on May 27 and 28. People in the comments of the post (which raked in more than 16,000 retweets) began saying they died during protests over racial injustice, but this isn’t true.

A different Twitter user replied to the tweet and wrote, “Neither of these cops’ deaths were related at all to current events. Office Holte passed in a shoot-out at a hospital in North Dakota and Officer Lyday was responding to a domestic disturbance call…fake news.”This content is imported from Twitter. You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site.

BLM 1312@twinflame00

NEITHER OF THESE COPS DEATHS WERE RELATED AT ALL TO CURRENT EVENTS. OFFICER HOLTE PASSED IN A SHOOTOUT AT A HOSPITAL IN NORTH DAKOTA & OFFICER LYDAY WAS RESPONDING TO A DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE CALL🗣🗣 fake news. https://twitter.com/Carol38553/status/1267129197853585414 …Carol@Carol38553Two police officers who were killed in the past two days. Both so young (29 & 24). Both innocent. Both left for work and didn’t make it home to their families. …109KTwitter Ads info and privacy67.7K people are talking about this

The Officer Down Memorial Page (a website that tracks officers who have died on duty) confirms this. In North Dakota, Officer Holte responded to a shoot-out that occurred after an apartment eviction notice was served. The resident resisted and started firing rounds at the cops, killing Holte. Officer Lyday, who served in Utah, responded to a domestic dispute and was killed when trying to enter the premises.

Protestors in Washington, D.C., did not storm into houses uninvited.

After police began to pepper-spray protestors in D.C. to enforce the city’s curfew, a Twitter user falsely claimed that protestors began breaking into homes in the area. This is not true. ABC and USA Today both confirmed that a man named Rahul Dubey *invited* 60 to 70 protestors into his home last night to provide them with shelter until the curfew ended.This content is imported from Twitter. You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site.

Diana Karen Mireles@dianakmir

FALSE – home owners in that neighborhood opened their homes & invited them in for shelter from police after being pepper sprayed, knocked down and avoid getting arrested. https://twitter.com/_Crypto_Maniac_/status/1267665396338958338 …CryptøManiac101 🅐@_Crypto_Maniac_JUST IN: Protests in Washington DC are hitting next level as rioters rush people’s houses195KTwitter Ads info and privacy106K people are talking about thisThis content is imported from Twitter. You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site.

ABC 7 News – WJLA✔@ABC7News

“I hope that my 13-year-old son grows up to be just as amazing as they are.”

Rahul Dubey opened his home to nearly 70 strangers overnight and sheltered them during D.C.’s curfew. He says our country needs people like THEM.

FULL INTERVIEW: https://bit.ly/3cxjKo9 

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The following day, protestors gathered at Dubey’s home, where he gave an inspiring speech that was met with applause.This content is imported from Twitter. You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site.

Kristen Powers✔@ABC7Kristen

Rahul Dubey, the man who welcomed protesters into his home, gets a round of appause from protesters and supporters

@ABC7News @ABC7GMW

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George Soros is not paying anyone to be a “professional anarchist.”

A flyer allegedly created and endorsed by George Soros and his Open Society Foundation offered people up to $200 to riot along with a phone number to the Thurston County Democrats in Washington State if people wanted more information. The flyer is fake and designed specifically to make Democrats look bad, Snopes.com confirmed.

On Facebook, the real Thurston Country Democrats debunked it and wrote:

“False and forged images are being spread nationwide that say, ‘Get paid to be a professional anarchist.’ This disinformation displays TCD’s phone number and an incorrect TCD email/web address. THESE IMAGES ARE FAKED TO DISCREDIT DEMOCRATS. But some people believe them. TCD has received telephone calls from the gullible asking for ‘George Soros’ and other Trumpian conspiratorial nonsense.

“IF YOU SEE IT, DO NOT SHARE IT. DO NOT COMMENT ON PAGES THAT SHARE IT. If you do either, you increase its visibility on Facebook (or Twitter, TikTok, etc.) and are inadvertently helping to spread false right-wing propaganda of an anti-democratic, anti-Semitic nature. You may be endangering fellow Democrats.”

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Open Society Foundations@OpenSociety

This image is fake. Neither George Soros nor the Open Society Foundations pay protesters. Claims that we do serve to delegitimize those who peacefully protest and distract from the police brutality crisis across the U.S. https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/anarchist-recruitment-flyer/ …Is This a Real Anarchist Recruitment Flyer?”We condemn those who would undermine our democracy by spreading lies to our fellow citizens”snopes.com8Twitter Ads info and privacySee Open Society Foundations’s other Tweets

MSNBC did not air footage from World War Z and claim it was protest footage.

A Twitter user took footage from the movie World War Z and edited it with MSNBC breaking-news overlays to make it appear as if it was aftermath footage from the protests in Philadelphia. Unfortunately, the post quickly went viral after leftists began posting it.This content is imported from Twitter. You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site.Ian Miles Cheong@stillgray

A leftist (@/jpegjoshua) posted a doctored MSNBC video to fool people into spreading disinformation.

The doctored clip has MSNBC overlays on a World War Z scene to trick people into thinking MSNBC broadcast it.

Leftists are trying to hurt the credibility of the right + media.

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*** MSNBC NEVER USED THE WORLD WAR Z CLIP!! PERIOD!

AUDIO TAKEN FROM THIS REAL VIDEO LAST NIGHT (BELOW), WITH GRAPHICS ON TOP OF A TRAILER RIPPED FROM YOU TUBE.

AGAIN, MSNBC NEVER NEVER AIRED THE WWZ FOOTAGE!!*** #WorldWarZ #PHILLY #MSNBC #FAKEVIDEO #NOCONSPIRACY #BADJUDGEMENT

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The person who originally doctored the footage eventually came forward, said it was a joke, and offered his followers an apology. (Twitter has since flagged these posts with the “manipulated media” tag if it doesn’t clarify that the footage is fake.)This content is imported from Twitter. You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site.

Bad Scooter@OfficialSlop

Well that escalated quickly. YES, that MSNBC clip was from World War Z, I even marked the video above the MSNBC logo “NOT REAL.”

I dramatically underestimated Twitter, many pointed it out, some claimed it was “real”-that was stupid of me.

I apologize #Philly #WorldWarZ

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Bad Scooter@OfficialSlop · 

*** MSNBC NEVER USED THE WORLD WAR Z CLIP!! PERIOD!

AUDIO TAKEN FROM THIS REAL VIDEO LAST NIGHT (BELOW), WITH GRAPHICS ON TOP OF A TRAILER RIPPED FROM YOU TUBE.

AGAIN, MSNBC NEVER NEVER AIRED THE WWZ FOOTAGE!!*** #WorldWarZ #PHILLY #MSNBC #FAKEVIDEO #NOCONSPIRACY #BADJUDGEMENT

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Bad Scooter@OfficialSlop

And I deeply apologize again, I did not expect what so ever this would spread.

I am NOT a #Trump supporter by any means, not even close. (He is a completely useless moron!)

But in my sh*t judgement – piss poor taste, I really f’ed up and I am sorry. #MSNBC94

Darnella Frazier, the girl who filmed George Floyd’s murder, has NOT created any GoFundMe pages for herself.

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GoFundMe, however, has verified one campaign that lists LaTangie Gillespie (Darnella’s mother) as the direct beneficiary.

GoFundMe✔@gofundme

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Protestors did not try to set fire to children’s hospitals in Alabama or Ohio.

On Facebook, a user maliciously claimed that protestors in his town set a children’s hospital in Cincinnati on fire, but the images in the post were from 2017. The fire was caused by a faulty transformer and promptly put out with zero injuries.This content is imported from Twitter. You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site.

christine ♡@ckblanchardd

This is Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. These photos are from 2017 when a transformer caught fire on the eighth floor. There were no patients on that floor and zero injuries were reported. Please don’t use past news articles to spark another hate group against the people…

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The same images were used to claim that protestors set fire to Children’s Hospital of Alabama, but the hospital debunked the reports in a tweet.This content is imported from Twitter. You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site.

ChildrensAL@ChildrensAL

Reports of a fire and damage to Children’s of Alabama’s main campus on Birmingham’s Southside are false. Our hospital is open and safe to care for patients and families. Thank you for your support and concern.

No credible news outlets have confirmed that Austin PD (or any city in the country) is allowed to fire actual bullets at protestors.

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DeathwishDena@DeathwishDena

🚨🚨🚨 AUSTIN🚨 🚨🚨
APD has been authorized to use LIVE ROUNDS, and lethal force. Confirmed by multiple police radio scanners.
If you are deciding to stay and protest be VERY aware of your surroundings, and get out before you can’t anymore#BlackLivesMatter #AustinProtests

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kt@katiepaulinex

Friends in Austin!!

Confirmed by multiple police radios, APD has been authorized to use LIVE ROUNDS and LETHAL FORCE!!!

Please be careful out there if you’re protesting, and spread the word!

Oh yeah, and ACAB
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APD has been authorized to use lethal force if anyone needs a ride home please please just message me and i will be there.

Hopefully this is not the case, but police are using rubber bullets at protests, which can still inflict a significant amount of harm on the body. If you choose to protest, please do so safely.

Black Lives Matter is not plotting to kill white families.

A fake Black Lives Matter Facebook group posted an unsettling mission statement, which you can read below:

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This is not real—Snopes.com confirmed that this is a hoax to incite fear. Snopes also reached out to a Facebook spokesperson, who confirmed that the account was removed for being fake.

Protestors in California did not deface the Vietnam Wall.

Last week, a Twitter user tried to paint protestors in a bad light by claiming that they vandalized Venice’s Vietnam War memorial.This content is imported from Twitter. You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site.Trina #KAG #BackTheBlue@trinareyes

58,000+ died in the Vietnam War. Stolen valor has disgraced those that gave all and served honorably by many including @SenBlumenthal

This is the honor the rioters gave to those names that gave all on the Vietnam Wall

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This is untrue—the wall frequently gets defaced, according to the Los Angeles Times, and the picture used was from 2016—not this year.

A protestor in Chicago did not steal a police horse.

At least, that’s what this one Twitter user (and a bunch of other people) seems to think:This content is imported from Twitter. You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site.DEON COLE@deoncole

I try to never curse on here but in chicago this n**** done stole the police horse!! Smh!!

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The man on the horse goes by the name of Dread Head Cowboy, and he has shared multiple videos of himself riding on his horses during protests. And while he did say that he stole the horse, he was just joking—he later debunked it on his personal Facebook page.This content is imported from Facebook. You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site.

A protestor was not trying to take a stolen ATM onto a bus.

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Ramesh@Ramesh_BJP

Ohh… Is he stealing an ATM Machine?
And he wants to use the public transport to transport his loot!
Under the pretext of peaceful protest, there are rogues who want to utilize the opportunity to loot.

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This video footage is really from a prank that took place in New Jersey in 2019.

Boston police officers were not destroying their own vehicles to make protestors look bad.

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Tell me to get off twt ▼⋆ 𝒩𝒾𝓈𝒽 ⁷| ⟭⟬⟬⟭@MOTSzero

here’s a video of boston cops literally destroying their own car during the protests so please remember this video when the media tries to put this on the PEACEFUL protestors
THIS YOU?
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Here’s what really happened: In the middle of a protest, a few participants began destroying the police car in question.This content is imported from Twitter. You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site.Nelson Barros@Nelsonbarros_12

Here’s the real video of what happened to that police car. There’s videos out there showing that the cops staged the damaged to their own car. #bostonprotest @Diggle_B_Mason @nucleotoad

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After the above video was taken, the police had to remove their windshields. That’s when a demonstrator then recorded the police officers cleaning up and claimed it was an attempt to make the protestors look bad.

ABC’s WCVB-TV has confirmed this to be the correct version of events.

Protestors in Atlanta did not burn down a Wendy’s.

During a CNN news broadcast, an anchor said that protestors burned down a Wendy’s location. This doesn’t quite check out—a white woman appears to have set fire to the restaurant. A man at the protest literally caught the woman on tape pouring what looks like gasoline or lighter fluid into the broken window of the Wendy’s and possibly holding up a blowtorch to the store.This content is imported from Twitter. You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site.BrooklynDad_Defiant Rep John Lewis!@mmpadellan

BREAKING: The Wendy’s in Atlanta on University Avenue is engulfed in flames. THIS IS NOT GOOD.

Burning shit down is not the answer.

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BrooklynDad_Defiant Rep John Lewis!@mmpadellan · 

BREAKING: The Wendy’s in Atlanta on University Avenue is engulfed in flames. THIS IS NOT GOOD.

Burning shit down is not the answer.

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TraitorTrump@fight4freedom72

Who is this woman who lights the fire? Wendy’s in Atlanta is on fire. pic.twitter.com/ruz4PNLr4e

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