SciCheck Digest Taking unregulated herbal cocktails to cause an abortion can be dangerous, obstetricians say. But recipes — some containing potentially toxic ingredients — for self-induced “miscarriages” have been circulating on
Although added ethanol does slightly reduce cars’ fuel economy, the government has said this is being done in order to reduce net carbon emissions.
A photo of rubbish at the Glastonbury festival site used to criticise environmental campaigning is actually from 2015.
SciCheck Digest Pop star Justin Bieber announced he has Ramsay Hunt syndrome, a form of facial paralysis caused by a reactivation of the virus that causes chickenpox. Social media posts have claimed his condition was caused by COVID-19 vaccination, but
Since February, Poynter’s social-first digital media literacy initiative MediaWise has launched a microlearning course in four languages around the world. The course is designed to help people become more critical […] The post How digital media
Is Shell gas company doing a giveaway of $500 gas cards for $1.95 or a $250 gas card after completing a survey? No, that's not true: A spokesperson for Shell responded to Lead Stories by email on June 15, 2022, saying that Shell is not pr
Did Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum (WEF), say that he has politicians, media, experts and scientists "all in our bags"? No, that's not true: A social media post alleging that such leaders are "pup
The social media posts are of a distinct type.
https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/social-media-fact-checkers-david-marcus The left-leaning American news
Quick Take A supply and demand imbalance, exacerbated by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, led to a surge in gasoline prices. But an online statement attributed to a supposed “BP Oil Executive” blames gasoline prices on U.S. dependence on foreign oil
Quick Take Israel has established strict measures in response to armed attacks on its schoolchildren. But social media posts falsely claim there have been “no school shootings in Israel” and use a photo to misleadingly suggest students carr
Did a BP executive named "Brice Cromwell" write a commentary being shared on social media that blames the high cost of oil and gasoline on the United States not producing enough of "our very own American made product"? No, that's not true
Amid an ongoing national discourse around average wages and a skyrocketing cost of living, a popular May 31 2022 tweet claiming that the median rent in the United States reached $2000 also spread in threads on Reddit and Imgur as part of a broader disc
A divided Supreme Court has blocked a Texas law, championed by conservatives, that aimed to keep social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter from censoring users based on their viewpoints.
The warning signs were there for anyone to stumble upon, days before the 18-year-old gunman entered a Texas elementary school and slaughtered 19 children and two teachers.
Did a man make it public that he plans to go after Target stores in Phoenix, Arizona, that support the LGBT movement? Yes, the screenshot of a text message warning is real. A person who considers himself a professional internet provocateu
Quick Take Police are still investigating the shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, but as of May 26 they had shared no evidence about the shooter’s gender identity. Despite that lack of evidence, Rep. Paul Gosar and others claimed t
REVIEW On 13 May 2022, the U.K. Health Security Agency (UKHSA) notified the World Health Organization (WHO) of two confirmed cases of monkeypox in patients from the same household and without recent travel history to areas where the virus circulates
“Don't let this formula shortage scare you!!! Make your baby some hemp milk w/sea moss. It’s easy I promise!”
Quick Take Proposed legislation in Tennessee and Missouri would not regulate Plan B contraception pills, and experts say state “trigger laws” that would take effect if Roe v. Wade were overturned will not ban methods of birth control. But social me
“Disney stock is down more than 70% and attendance is down more than 55%! 10.1 million people canceled their Disney+ subscription."
Suggests Megan Thee Stallion was not shot in the foot.
SciCheck Digest The Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine showed a final efficacy of 91% against symptomatic illness in its phase 3 trial. Social media posts wrongly claim recently released Pfizer documents show the vaccine is “12% effective.” T
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (May 11, 2022) – The nonprofit Poynter Institute is collaborating with NBCLX, NBCUniversal Local’s national TV and streaming network serving Millennial and Gen Z audiences, to help […] The post Poynter’s MediaWise t
https://www.factcheck.org/2022/05/biden-hasnt-stopped-abortion-contrary-to-social-media-claim/ A leaked
REVIEW On 27 April 2022, The Epoch Times published an article in which gynecologist James Thorp and former Pfizer scientific advisor Michael Yeadon associated COVID-19 vaccines with poorer pregnancy outcomes and fertility problems. The article recei
Quick Take A leaked draft opinion suggests that the Supreme Court is poised to overturn Roe v. Wade. Shortly after the document was published, a meme began circulating that falsely claims President Joe Biden has “[s]topped abortion.” Full
Many people were skeptical about initial reports of Samuels' death.
On May 4 2022, Ukrainian journalist Anastasiia Lapatina tweeted about Russian state media purportedly accusing the Ukrainian military of engaging in “black magic”: Russian state media: “Signs of black magic were found in Ukrainian milit
Matt Dolan sponsored Michael Bloomberg's “red-flag gun confiscation law, letting the people reporting your social media posts send SWAT teams to your house to take your guns."
Minneapolis police used covert or bogus social media accounts to monitor Black individuals and groups despite having no clear public safety rationale for doing so.
“DeSantis erases Disney’s tax exempt law. Will cost Disney $200 Mil in taxes. Per year!”
Do social media posts show Russian agents arresting neo-Nazis for an assassination plot and then displaying their confiscated property? Maybe, it's not clear what the images show: A video of the purported raid was released by Russia's Fed