People across the country have found themselves swept into the misinformation maelstrom, their online posts or their very identities hijacked by anti-vaccine activists and others peddling lies about the outbreak.
Multiple posts on Facebook claim Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a recent speech that his country owed Islamist movement Hamas a huge debt of gratitude for uniting the Jews. He also allegedly vowed to stop firing at the Gaza strip “
Facebook posts circulating in May 2021 claim that China has abandoned Covid-19 jabs in favour of a vaccine that can be inhaled. The claim is false: while a Chinese vaccine company is carrying out trials for an “inhaled vaccine”, the product has
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Articles claim a study found that the Covid-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer-BioNTech may cause diseases such as Alzheimer’s. But medical experts say the study linking mRNA shots to neurodegenerative diseases has no scientific basis, the paper is publi
Nigerian preacher David Oyedepo claimed during a church service that Covid-19 vaccines are effectively death warrants, stating that the jabs were not tested before they were distributed globally. He also told followers that the shots are mandatory in
Photos that purport to show Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo posing outside a detention centre where a senator is being held have been shared hundreds of times on Facebook. But the images have been doctored: they originally showed Robredo posing
A post on Facebook shows a transcript of a letter sent to Dr June Raine CBE, CEO of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). This was first posted on 16 February but has been regularly circulated since and shared more than 700 ti
A video shared on Facebook featuring influencers Kate Shemirani and Kevin Corbett makes a number of false claims and has been viewed thousands of times. The clip contains many claims that are not backed up by evidence, or that don’t provide
Facebook posts shared thousands of times in Sri Lanka promote a purported supplement as a Covid-19 treatment, claiming the remedy cured patients at a local hospital. The claim is false: health experts warned the purported treatment was a "scam". The
On Jan. 6, the New York Republican made several false claims about the vote count in Georgia. She has no regrets.
An Instagram video with more than 600,000 views claims pandemics recur like clockwork once a century. This is false; the clip has incorrectly dated some of the widespread infectious disease outbreaks, and medical historians say it ignores many others w
Facebook posts circulating online in India claim women should avoid receiving the Covid-19 vaccine on specific dates during their menstrual cycle. The claim is false, health experts said. Vaccine manufacturers in India have not warned that a woman's
Facebook posts shared multiple times with purported screenshots from major news networks have claimed that Uganda’s opposition leader Bobi Wine will be sworn in as president ahead of his rival Yoweri Museveni. The claim is false; the screenshots are
SUMMARY In April 2021, Gregory Wrightstone published a “sponsored” article in The Washington Times titled “There is no climate emergency”. Scientists who evaluated the article found that it included numerous false and misleading claims about
Social media posts shared thousands of times question the merits of US President Joe Biden’s “$4 trillion jobs plan” by claiming unemployment was the lowest in history a year ago, when Donald Trump was in office. This is inaccurate; the plan is p
Newsmax has apologized for airing false allegations that an employee for Dominion Voting Systems manipulated machines or tallies on Election Day.
YouTube clips viewed hundreds of thousands of times claim that Indonesia has salvaged the wreckage of a submarine that sank in April 2021, with the loss of all 53 people aboard. The claim is false. As of April 29, 2021, there are no credible reports th
PCR tests have been the main test used for Covid-19 during the early part of the pandemic. They can detect Covid-19 very well, but need to be processed in a laboratory. Therefore, they have mainly been used in symptomatic people or people who have been
One day after President Joe Biden pledged to cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions in half, Fox News and Fox Business Network personalities repeatedly and baselessly claimed that the move would also force Americans to say goodbye to hamburgers and steaks
Facebook users in South Korea have shared a list of purported Covid-19 prevention tips, which they claim was issued by the “Samsung Alternative Medicine Institute”. The claims are false: the purported remedies are not proven treatments for Covid-1
COVID-19 vaccines are here — and while they’re rolling out to a wider swath of the U.S., coronavirus cases are still a reality. That means COVID-19 tests are still in demand, and there is still misinformation swirling online about them. One such vi
The Biden era has offered a return to a more typical pattern — one that features frequent spin and obfuscation or exaggeration. He devotes little time to social media and rarely faces reporters or speaks off the cuff.
Social media posts claim that all crew members of an Indonesian navy submarine that went missing on April 21, 2021 were found alive one day later. This claim is false: Indonesia’s military confirmed all the submarine’s crew members died after the r
An American physician and anti-vaccination advocate claims in a video viewed more than 169,000 times that widely used Covid-19 vaccines have not been properly tested and pose long-term health risks. But experts say her claims are inaccurate, the techno
Facebook posts shared multiple times have used a purported screenshot of a tweet to claim that Muhoozi Kainerugaba — a son of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and a high-ranking military officer — had threatened to “crush” the Buganda Kingd
A claim that the Russian government has required polygamy for its male citizens has been shared in multiple posts on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. This claim is false: polygamy is not allowed under Russian law. The misleading posts appear to be base
Multiple social media posts have shared a claim that death row inmates in Indonesia are individually responsible for paying around 200 million rupiah ($13,700) to cover the expenses of their own executions. This claim is false: the expenses are covere
SciCheck Digest Stanford Medicine says it “strongly supports the use of face masks to control the spread of COVID-19.” Yet viral stories falsely claim a “Stanford study” showed that face masks are unsafe and ineffective against
Online articles claim a study from Stanford University found that mask wearing, which is recommended to help slow spread of Covid-19, is “ineffective” and harmful. But the study’s author is not employed by the prestigious California university, a
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As Covid-19 infections surged in Thailand, multiple Facebook posts shared a purported news report stating a new nationwide curfew would be announced on April 23, 2021. The claim is false: the photo has been doctored from an old news report about an
Multiple Facebook posts have shared a screenshot of Google Maps that purports to show South Korea’s ruling Democratic party's headquarters are situated in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang. The claim is false: the party’s headquarters are l
A video posted on Facebook by former MEP Godfrey Bloom, which has more than 34,000 views, makes several claims about Covid-19 vaccines and certificates (aka Covid-19 passports). We’ve written more about the possible introduction of Covid ce
Nigerian separatists are sharing two videos on social media claiming that the footage shows Chinese restaurants serving human penises. The claims come a week after AFP Fact Check debunked a satirical story presented as fact on social media that thousa
A purported news graphic has been shared thousands of times in social media posts that claim it shows disparaging remarks made about Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo by a top diplomat. The claim is false: the graphic has been doctored from a
A video of Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan has been viewed more than four million times on Facebook alongside a claim that it shows him condemning protests against a Pakistan extremist party leader's arrest in April 2021. The claim is false:
A photo of a newspaper clipping has circulated in Facebook posts that claim it shows Sri Lanka Minister of Industries Wimal Weerawansais saying consuming a tiny amount of toxic coconut oil is harmless. The claim is false; the photo has been doctor
A blog post riddled with misinformation is effectively a "Now That's What I Call Music" style anthology of debunked anti-vaccine and COVID-19 denial claims.
A photo of a burning motorcycle rickshaw has been shared in multiple Facebook posts which claim it was set ablaze during protests in Pakistan in 2021. The claim is false: the photo has circulated online since at least 2018 in reports about a different