Social media users are falsely claiming Arizona’s governor has been “indicted” by local lawmakers. But the Republican leadership in Arizona’s state Senate say no such indictment has been issued.
REVIEW On 12 September 2023, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) held a meeting discussing COVID-19 vaccines. Writer Alex Berenson used data presented at this meeting to
AP’S ASSESSMENT: False.
SciCheck Digest Flu shots and vaccines that protect children against measles, mumps and rubella have been effective in preventing illness, serious disease and death. But a meme has been circulating with the false suggestion that those vaccines are
REVIEW A Facebook video posted on 6 August 2022 showed Steve Kirsch, a known spreader of COVID-19 misinformation, claiming that the COVID-19 vaccines caused higher rates of death than previously reported. Specifically, he claimed that these deaths
REVIEW Casting doubt on the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines has been a recurring theme of misinformation since the vaccination rollout in December 2020. Health Feedback has covered this subject in several previous reviews, explaining why claims t
SciCheck Digest Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director-general of the World Health Organization, is an advocate for equitable distribution of the COVID-19 vaccines in countries around the globe. But a social media post misleadingly claims,
CLAIM: COVID-19 only spikes during election seasons. AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. There is no connection between rising COVID-19 cases and the electoral process, epidemiology experts confirm.
REVIEW A study from researchers at the University of Melbourne became the basis of claims on social media that the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine damaged children’s immune response against other diseases. One example of such a claim can be seen in thi
“Barack Obama’s late chef’s wife comes out to expose Obama family.”
REVIEW In August 2023, the headline of a Daily Wire article claimed that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had “Remove[d] COVID Vaccine Adverse Event Reports” from its website. Daily Wire’s contributors Ben Shapiro and
REVIEW Vitamin K Deficiency Bleeding (VKDB) is a potentially fatal condition where the lack of vitamin K in newborns impairs blood clotting and causes hemorrhages. VKDB occurs in one in 60 to one in 250 newborns. Since the 1960s, newborns generally
REVIEW Since the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, many misleading claims have promoted the ability of ivermectin to treat or prevent COVID-19 despite a lack of evidence. Recently, social media claims have suggested that the U.S. Food and Drug
CLAIM: Former President Donald Trump won 2,497 counties in 2020, far more than President Joe Biden’s 477 counties, suggesting Trump actually won the election.
CLAIM: A video of a beam of light traveling through clouds across the sky above the ocean was filmed in Lahaina, in Maui, around the time of the wildfires.
REVIEW Large clinical trials and post-marketing real-world data showed that COVID-19 vaccines are effective at preventing severe forms of the disease[1-5]. Despite this evidence, there have been misleading claims that the higher number of COVID-19 d
CLAIM: Scenes from the Maui wildfires show cars and buildings badly damaged near trees and poles that remain standing, suggesting a wildfire wasn’t the cause.
REVIEW The claim that COVID-19 vaccines are responsible for the deaths of many people is a recurring theme of disinformation that Health Feedback has refuted on previous occasions. In yet another iteration of this claim, entrepreneur Steve Kirsch pu
REVIEW On 27 July 2023, The Epoch Times published an article by Klaus Steger, a molecular biologist who specializes in the gene regulation of sperm development, carrying the headline “COVID-19 Vaccines and Boosters Were Never Made With mRNA”. Th
Quick Take Sen. Mitt Romney has sometimes been critical of fellow Republicans and veered from the party line. But an Instagram post falsely claims Romney “threatens to leave the Republican Party and Join Democrats.” A Romney spokesperso
REVIEW Since the onset of the COVID-19 vaccination campaign, several inaccurate claims have circulated that individuals directly or indirectly connected to the global vaccination effort avoided receiving their own doses. This is the case for instanc
AP’S ASSESSMENT: False.
REVIEW A 2020 clinical trial on more than 43,000 participants showed that the Pfizer-BioNTech mRNA COVID-19 vaccine had a 95% efficacy at preventing symptomatic forms of the disease. The positive result led to the vaccine authorization both in th
SciCheck Digest The U.S. Food and Drug Administration considers mammograms “the most effective primary breast cancer screening test” and says there is no evidence to indicate that thermography can replace mammograms. But an article shared o
AP’S ASSESSMENT: False.
“Donald Trump and Joe Biden both died years ago.”
REVIEW Mosquitoes serve as vectors for a number of potentially fatal diseases like dengue, chikungunya, Yellow fever, and West Nile fever, as well as malaria and Japanese encephalitis. Altogether, they cause hundreds of thousands of deaths each year
REVIEW On 5 July 2023, YouTuber and retired nurse instructor John Campbell published a YouTube video regarding findings published in a research letter by Schmeling et al. in the European Journal of Clinical Investigation. In the video, which rece
Quick Take FTX co-founder Sam Bankman-Fried was arrested in 2022 for allegedly defrauding customers by stealing billions of dollars for personal use, including nearly $38 million in political donations to Democrats. Online posts falsely claim the B
REVIEW The narrative that COVID-19 vaccines increase the risk of getting sick with COVID-19 has resurfaced many times since the start of the vaccination campaign in late 2020. Health Feedback explained previously on multiple occasions that claims fe
A video shows a child yelling an expletive at President Joe Biden.
“The United Nations replaces all 193 country flags with LGBT flags.”
REVIEW COVID-19 vaccine distribution began in the U.S. on 14 December 2020, following the authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) earlier that month. Almost two and a half years later, in May 2023, participants in an Arizona Sen
Quick Take Officials serving in President Joe Biden’s administration have taken their oaths of office, and most can be seen in videos from their swearing-in ceremonies. But a video circulating on social media falsely suggests that they haven&
REVIEW Among some of the wildest claims about the origins of COVID-19 can be traced back to chiropractor Bryan Ardis, who in an April 2022 pseudodocumentary titled “Watch The Water”, falsely claimed that COVID-19 wasn’t caused by a virus, but
SciCheck Digest Numerous studies have shown the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective in preventing severe disease and death from COVID-19. But some social media posts are citing a criticized study that focuses on overall mortality to false
Quick Take CNN was criticized by some for hosting a town hall with Donald Trump and a live audience that expressed strong support for the former president. Online posts now wrongly claim CNN will have “no more live audiences at town halls.
Quick Take President Joe Biden has said he will seek a second term, and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Marianne Williamson have said they will challenge him for the 2024 Democratic nomination. But social media posts falsely claim that the party
REVIEW A Facebook video posted on 5 May 2023 claimed that parasites cause cancer and multiple sclerosis, receiving more than 130,000 views. The video is an excerpt from a 5 December 2022 episode of the podcast “After Hours with Dr. Sigoloff”, du