SciCheck Digest The COVID-19 vaccines currently in use must be administered via injection. But Instagram posts baselessly suggest that Bill Gates and George Soros will use COVID-19 tests to secretly vaccinate people who haven’t yet received the s
A Facebook post contains lots of false information about tetanus, including misinformation about the types of wounds that can lead to tetanus infection, and the fact that a bleeding wound means there is “NO tetanus”. What is Tetanus?&
Little St. James Island in the Virgin Islands was once owned by convicted sex offender Jeffery Epstein.
SciCheck Digest Scientists consider polymerase chain reaction, or PCR, tests a highly reliable tool for diagnosing COVID-19. But social media posts are misrepresenting a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announcement regarding the event
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SciCheck Digest A satire site a month ago published a joke about the Biden administration creating “quarantine camps” for the unvaccinated. Now that fabricated story is circulating online, presented as if it’s real.
SciCheck Digest A businessman’s post on Instagram and Facebook wrongly claims that the U.S. government “changed the definition of pandemic” in 2004, suggesting that COVID-19 would not have qualified under the old definition. ThereR
A Facebook post shows a photo of a wolf pack, with text alongside the photo explaining their formation. It claims that while on the move the pack organises a formation based on strength, with the “alpha” wolf pulling up the rear and control
A photo posted by Segura led some fans to believe he had sustained another fall after previously seriously injuring himself playing basketball in 2020.
Does a photo show a death row inmate whose last wish was to write a letter to his mother? No, that's not true. The man in the photo accompanying the purported death row letter was never on death row nor convicted of any crime serious enou
On July 10 2021 the Facebook group Illusions featured a striking image, purportedly depicting reindeer in Finland whose antlers are painted with reflective paint in order to prevent collisions with cars: An appended status update from a group member r
In February and May 2021, Facebook users shared a photograph of Albert Einstein along with a quote — “The separation of races is not a disease of colored people but a disease of white people. I do not intend to be quiet about it”: Not
There is limited evidence that medics are intentionally gaslighting patients and posts are censored when a causal link has not been established.
The findings of a preliminary paper that evaluated how pregnant women were faring months after receiving an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine are being misrepresented online. Alarming posts, like one shared on Instagram on July 6, state that 82% of women who got
On July 5 2021, a Facebook account shared a post warning people about OGX brand shampoo and DMDM hydantoin, writing: **UPDATED** If you are not aware, these are some of the OGX shampoos that Johnson & Johnson is being sued over. They have a chemica
Quick Take Before a July 5 match against Mexico, some members of the U.S. women’s soccer team turned toward the flag while a World War II veteran played the national anthem on his harmonica. But social media posts mischaracterized their actions b
Three post-COVID-19 patients at Mumbai's PD Hinduja Hospital have been identified with Avascular Necrosis (AVN) or the death of bone tissues.
Quick Take Democrats say their bill, H.R. 1, the For the People Act, would expand voter access in federal elections. But a Facebook post falsely claims the legislation would prevent the removal of dead people from voter rolls. The bill doesn’t say th
A Facebook post showing a photo of former heavyweight boxing champ Mike Tyson apparently sending an anti-jab message is actually a feint. In the photo, Tyson’s T-shirt has an image of a syringe crossed out. The text around it says, “Trust In G
In June 2021, an indifferently punctuated January 2020 Facebook “golliwog” post was widely shared — along with a demonstrably false claim that the offensive content was at risk of being censored: The engagement-baiting text, which wa
Quick Take A post circulating on social media falsely claims actor Denzel Washington said he’s “had it” with the Democratic Party’s “lies” and now supports former President Donald Trump. The fictitious quote attributed to Washington origina
https://www.factcheck.org/2021/06/social-media-posts-mislead-on-harris-border-trip/ Some popular online
Quick Take Some popular online posts suggest that Vice President Kamala Harris’ trip to El Paso is “over 1000 miles away” from the “border crisis.” It’s true that other areas — including the Rio Grande Valley &
Is there a real poster of an older woman advertising her desire to "breathe dust"? No, that's not true: The poster was created by Alan Wagner and posted on his comedic Instagram account @truewagner. The claim appeared in a Facebook post (
Does this blog post prove 25,800 people have died of reactions to COVID vaccines? No, that's not true: The claim recycles an oft-rebuked misuse of the U.S. government's unverified list of vaccine reaction reports called VAERS (Vaccine Adv
Did a BBC News Online headline report that Tom Hanks was arrested on 135 counts of child pornography possession? No, that's not true: Although an image attributed to BBC News Online displays that headline, along with a picture of Hanks an
The stamp honoring the New York Yankees Hall of Famer and the man of endless philosophical musings was dedicated during a ceremony at the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center.
An Instagram post has made misleading claims about Covid-19 survival rates and vaccine safety testing. It states: “99.998% chance of survival But takes part in human vaccine trial where they skipped animal testing.” Both of the claims
A Facebook post claims that two men were sentenced to six months in prison for spray-painting a poppy on a mosque in Portsmouth, while two other men who defaced a war memorial and burned two large plastic poppies were only fined for their offences.&nbs
The Supreme Court ruled that a Pennsylvania public school wrongly suspended a cheerleader over a vulgar social media post.
Does a post that claims the World Health Organization now recommends against COVID-19 vaccination of children tell the whole story about the agency's recommendation? No, that's not true: WHO's June 3, 2021 guidance says more evidence is n
SciCheck Digest A controversial radio show host and blogger misrepresented findings of a published case report to conclude that an 86-year-old man died as a result of being vaccinated against COVID-19. The case report’s lead author said the man d
"Earn up to £40 working on one of Britain's illustrious waterways," the surreal flyer advertised.
Did the first case of postmortem study of a patient vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2 find viral RNA in every organ of the body? No, that's not true: Researchers found viral RNA in seven of the nine organs they analyzed. "This is not even the
Quick Take A viral Facebook post, which links to a webpage that misrepresents itself as a Fox News report, pushes the false story that evangelical Christian leader Charles Stanley sells CBD, a cannabis product. Stanley’s organization said the story i
Quick Take On June 8, a bipartisan group of senators released a report on the security and intelligence failures related to the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. The report did not “single out” former President Donald Trump “for inci
SciCheck Digest Thousands of pages of redacted emails to and from Dr. Anthony Fauci are now publicly available, thanks to journalists’ Freedom of Information Act requests. Some of those messages have been distorted in viral posts, particularly ab
Did a Starbucks in downtown Denver post a sign in their window that told customers it was closed to "educate white people about their racism"? No, that's not true: That sign is a doctored image that mocks racial bias training Starbucks ho