Social media posts claim the South Korean government will provide all citizens with a free Covid-19 vaccine made by pharmaceutical giant Celltrion. The claim is false; Celltrion told AFP that it is not developing or producing a Covid-19 vaccine and
Multiple posts circulating on South Korean social media advertise a nasal dilator that can "prevent and kill" Covid-19. However, South Korea’s Ministry of Food and Drug Safety said it was planning to investigate the product, which is certified to pro
Multiple posts shared repeatedly on Facebook in Korean language claim the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine cures Covid-19. The posts, which began circulating in December 2020, downplay the seriousness of contracting the virus despite a surge in c
Multiple posts shared repeatedly on Facebook and Korean platform Naver claim that South Korea banned whipped cream at coffee shops on January 1, 2021. The claim is false: the South Korean government introduced a new regulation that requires cafes to us
Multiple posts shared repeatedly on Facebook claim that drinking tea made with pepper stems is effective in preventing or curing Covid-19. The claim is false; the Association of Korean Medicine said there is no scientific evidence to support the claim.
A photo of South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s son has been shared repeatedly in multiple posts on Facebook in December 2020 alongside a claim that it shows him violating social distancing measures by attending an art exhibition without wearing a ma
A photo of three soldiers in a frozen river has been shared hundreds of times in Facebook posts that claim that it shows Pakistani soldiers defending their country at the Siachen glacier in northern Kashmir, on the border with India. The claim is f
Multiple posts shared repeatedly on Facebook, Naver Blog and KakaoTalk in December 2020 claim that South Korean police issued a warning about a North Korea-linked phishing email and a fake CNN report with malicious codes. The claim is false; South Kore
A photo has been shared multiple times on Facebook alongside a claim it shows imprisoned former South Korean President Park Geun-hye in a cell. This claim is false; the photo is actually a scene from the 2009 South Korean movie ‘Mother’ by award-wi
Multiple posts shared repeatedly on Facebook claim that South Korean President Moon Jae-in announced the country had procured enough doses of China-made Covid-19 vaccines to vaccinate 45 million people. The posts, which circulated online in late N
Multiple posts on Facebook and Korean social media platforms claim that Germany closed 66 Chinese government-funded Confucius Institutes. The claim is misleading; the article referenced in the posts reports that 66 organisations in “the Western sta
Multiple posts shared hundreds of times across social media platforms in South Korea in November 2020 claim military ballots cast for US President Donald Trump were found in a dumpster in the US state of Pennsylvania. Comments on the posts by some Kore
Disney Channel's early days bear very little resemblance to its present-day programming.
An image purporting to show the "genuine suicide note" of late South Korean comedian Park Ji-sun’s mother has been shared multiple times across social media platforms. These posts circulated online just a day after the comedian and her mother were f
A Facebook post shared thousands of times claims that South Korean police "shoot" staining purple dye on protestors to mark them for arrest. The claim is misleading; a police spokesperson said that “no such dye has been used”; a criminal justice
Kellogg’s Korea’s limited-edition green onion flavor has taken on surprising cultural significance for an odd culinary experiment.
A post claiming that South Korean police use purple dye at protests to later identify and arrest protesters has been shared over 19,000 times on Facebook. South Korean police have previously used dye at protests to identify and arrest protesters,
The team said it was repeatedly reassured by Dalkom, the company that produced the mannequins, that they weren’t sexual products.
News of a second meeting with the reclusive North Korean leader came after Trump met at the White House for 90 minutes with a North Korean envoy, Kim Yong Chol, who had traveled to Washington to discuss denuclearization talks.
A widely shared meme suggested that mainstream American news outlets largely ignored North Korea's return of the remains of U.S. soldiers killed during the 1950-53 war.
Facebook is not taking down a picture of the interment of Korean War dead in order to minimize an achievement of President Trump's.
Is Facebook taking down a picture of Korean War dead being burried again in order to hide President Donald Trump's feat of bringing them back after negotiations with the North Korean government? No, that's not true: the picture actually shows
Video footage released by North Korea's state television network shows Trump returning a military salute.
A United States Air Force pilot is not MIA after shooting a North Korean missile down.
Kim Jong-hyun, known by the stage name Jonghyun, was found unconscious at a residence hotel in Seoul and was pronounced dead later at a nearby hospital.
A North Korean soldier made a desperate dash to freedom in a jeep and then on foot, being shot at least five times as he limped across the border and was rescued by South Korean soldiers, according to dramatic video released by the U.S.-led U.N. command.
President Trump held a joint news conference with the South Korean president in Seoul where he answered questions on North Korea and gun control policy in the wake of the mass shooting in Texas. President Trump urged North Korea to "come to the table a
A Malaysian government pathologist testified that the banned VX nerve agent caused the death of the estranged half brother of North Korea's leader.
North Korea earlier fired a midrange ballistic missile that flew over Japan and fell into the Pacific Ocean.
The National Intelligence Service admitted to using "extra-departmental teams" to drum up support for conservative Park Geun-hye, who later resigned amid corruption charges.
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“There is a moment in the life of nearly every problem like this when there is an opportunity for it to be seen and clearly understood and still time to deal with it effectively. That moment happened back when Wendy Sherman was ne
An image has been shared hundreds of times in multiple Facebook posts in January 2021 that claim Singapore stopped “the vaccination”, referring to the rollout of two influenza vaccines, after 48 people reportedly died. The claim is misleading: Sin
Multiple posts on Facebook and Korean web portal Daum claim that South Korea is the only country in the world in which the Lady Justice statue is not blindfolded. The claim is misleading; statues and symbols depicting Lady Justice without a blindfold
Multiple posts shared repeatedly on Facebook claim that South Korean frontline health workers are paid US $13.35 (14,600 South Korean won) per day during the coronavirus pandemic. The claim is false; South Korea's Health Ministry told AFP that the f
Does this collection of comments date back to 1955 or 1957? No, that's not true: These 20 quips do harken to an earlier time but they do not trace all the way back to the 1950s. This contrived collection of comments seems to have been a p
Two images have been shared hundreds of times in multiple posts on Facebook and on Korean social media platforms which claim they show a human corpse on a beach in the South Korean city of Busan. The claim is false; the Busan Coast Guard told AFP the i
BTS has had more than just a “Dynamite” year — they've become such a global phenomenon that Time magazine named the South Korean group its 2020 Entertainer of the Year.
An image of a Chinese courier service package at a ballot count in the US state of Georgia during the 2020 presidential election has been shared in multiple Korean-language Facebook posts. The posts claim the image is evidence of Chinese infere
Multiple Korean-language posts published on various social media platforms in November 2020 claim that South Korea’s Seoul Metropolitan Government has introduced a new scheme that allows bicycles on all buses. But the claim omits important context;