As of January 2020, California had a little more than one-quarter of all the homeless people in the United States, according to the most recent federal estimates of homelessness. But Caitlyn Jenner, a Republican candidate to be the state’s next
We have the worst death toll in Europe. Keir Starmer, 27 May 2021. Boris Johnson was too slow to introduce not one but three lockdowns, which left us with the worst death toll in Europe. Angela Rayner, 25 May 2021. Labour’s leader, Sir Keir Sta
REVIEW On 13 May 2021, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated their interim public health recommendations for fully vaccinated individuals. Among the changes was the recommendation that “fully vaccinated people no longer
A viral Facebook post claims that the Duke of Cambridge said there are “too many people on earth” and is part of a powerful group pushing a “global depopulation” agenda. While Prince William has made comments in the past a
Are COVID-19 shots set to contribute to the "decimation of the world's population"? No, that's not true: The claim is one of several presented without credible evidence during a video interview with Dr. Sucharit Bhakdi, a German microbiol
Experts say that paltry pace reflects the combination of an aging population, slowing immigration and the scars of the Great Recession more than a decade ago.
Children and youth ventured out of their homes & interacted more publicly in recent months after the pandemic protocols were relaxed compared to 2020.
On April 8 2021, Imgur user “superscout0233” shared the following meme with a fakeout ending, initially stating that “under [Joseph] Stalin,” the Soviet Union’s gulags held 22 percent of the world’s prison population
Social media posts circulating in China purport to show the country’s latest population statistics from 2020. However, the figures are false. They include outdated provincial figures from 2018 along with incorrect numbers for Hong Kong, Macau and
REVIEW The COVID-19 pandemic has swept the world since early 2020, causing more than 100 million confirmed cases and more than 2.5 million deaths worldwide to date, 500,000 of which happened in the U.S. Since the first COVID-19 vaccines were authori
Biden said Hispanics are the fastest-growing population group, but census data shows they have taken second place to Asian Americans.
The number of western monarch butterflies wintering along the California coast has plummeted precipitously to a record low, putting the orange-and-black insects closer to extinction.
REVIEW Following the publication of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) review of the COVID-19 vaccine by Pfizer and BioNTech, social media posts and articles went viral on Facebook, claiming that the vaccine was responsible for causing adve
Could Jeff Bezos single-handedly end world poverty by taking his $121 billion fortune and giving every person on Earth $1 billion? No, that's not true: This proposed solution to poverty is sadly not backed up by this faulty mathematical r
REVIEW This article, published by Issues and Insights at the end of October 2020, claims that “coronavirus cases are now exploding in Europe at rates far higher than the U.S.,” and, “the share of positive test results is higher in Europe, as i
Overall, the data show that COVID-19 is more deadly than the flu. By one estimate, it is 10 times more deadly.
Are there 9,871,525 registered voters in Arizona, a state of only 7.279 million? No, that's not true: This is a false claim that has been circulating on Facebook. The number 9,871,525 actually refers to the total number of people in the U
REVIEW On 14 September 2020, the Chinese virologist Li-Meng Yan published a a pre-print (an unpublished draft of a science paper) on the website Zenodo claiming to provide evidence that SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, was created in a la
A popular Facebook post in August 2020 was not alone in taking issue with one estimate concerning the COVID-19 virus’ mortality rate, but might also mislead readers looking for an easy answer. The post, first published on August 20, 2020 and sha
The problem with most online "predictions" is that they seem to occur after an event takes place, not before.
Did Bill Gates really suggest eliminating about 10 to 15 percent of the global human population using vaccines during a TED talk in 2010? No, that's not true: Gates' remark was about possible strategies to slow down population growth in order
https://phys.org/news/2020-05-vulnerable-populations-misinformation.html As the COVID-19 pandemic threa
Is there a conspiracy by "the Deep State" and China to establish "sweeping population control" and "derail" President Trump using the novel coronavirus? No, that's not true: A report by a conservative U.S. news network citing "emerging reports
A doctored image was used to promulgate an old conspiracy theory about Bill Gates.
Does the sign outside the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation say "Center for Global Human Population Reduction?" No, that's not true. There is no such center run by Gates -- nor is there any evidence such a center exists anywhere, run by anyo
On April 18 2020, Tia Barracini published a tweet claiming that the United States accounted for four percent of the world’s population, but 25 percent of its deaths from novel coronavirus or COVID-19: Why does the US, with 4% of the world'
Viral comments and debates in mid-March 2020 included direct arguments in favor of leveraging COVID-19 deaths as an economic bulwark, often punctuated by screenshots of a purported tweet by San Diego, California lawyer Scott McMillan in which he propo
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Do eight Iowa counties have more registered voters than there are people eligible to vote in those counties? No, that's not true. Looking at the latest available data in February 2020 there are only five counties where the number of total regi
Is the coronavirus a "man-made" depopulation weapon? No, that's not true: There is no evidence to support this theory, which is being spread by conspiracy-minded outlets like InfoWars. While scientists are still investigating the source of the
Are a majority, perhaps as many as 75%, of abortion clinics in the United States located in areas with high minority populations? No, that does not appear to be true: While the claim has been making the rounds for years, research suggests that
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Biden misstates Delaware’s black population Former Vice President Joe Biden exaggerated the size of the black population in Delaware in an interview in which he spoke about why he thinks he has more black su
Did Bill Gates admit in a CNN interview that vaccinations are intended to reduce the world's population? No, that's not true: The Microsoft founder was talking to CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta in 2013 about his investment in delivering child vaccinat
Does Los Angeles County have the same population as all of the bottom 43 American states? No, that's not true: The census bureau estimates there were 10,105,518 people living in Los Angeles County, California, at the start of 2019, while the 4
Do U.S. Muslims make up only one percent of the population, but they file 40% of workplace discrimination complaints? No, that's not true: Yes, Muslims are just 1% of the U.S. population, but they filed only about 1.5% of all workplace discrim
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Does half the U.S. population have diabetes or prediabetes, as Tim Ryan claimed? If elected president, Democratic congressman Tim Ryan says he’d focus on a health care system that not only covers people w
Did U.N. resolution #2334 require Israel to give the Golan Heights to ISIS? No, that's not true: a staunchly pro-Israel blog that seems to contain articles that are mostly copy pasted together from other sources embedded a video making that cl
The Supreme Court justice's remarks in a 2009 interview have led to accusations that the Supreme Court justice is a proponent of eugenics.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has urged hunters to be on the lookout for signs of the disease, but its occurrence is not a significant risk to the general human public.