A photo has been shared repeatedly in multiple posts on Twitter and TikTok alongside a claim it shows Myanmar security forces cracking down on anti-coup protesters in the city of Mandalay in February 2021. The claim is false: the image in fact shows a
An image of a soldier rappelling from a chopper has been shared hundreds of times in Facebook posts with claims that it shows the Nigerian army attacking a local militia using a “war helicopter”. Although there has been a resurgence of unrest in
Was the snow that recently fell across a large portion of the world, notably in Texas and Louisiana in mid-February 2021, an unnatural substance that was made in a lab or by the government? Did it not melt away into water the way that nor
A growing number of people have perished trying to keep warm during the winter storm and ensuing energy crisis.
Social media posts claim that only 120,000 matric pupils in South Africa out of 700,000 who wrote their final exams ending up passing the 2020 academic year. This claim is false; while more than one million candidates sat for the final exams in 2020, r
As much of the South contended with unusually harsh winter weather, a viral February 2021 tweet claimed that a screenshot showed “actual advice” being given to Southerners for driving in the snow — entailing a complicated visualizati
A fabricated news report shared repeatedly on Facebook states South Korea's Prime Minister threatened to arrest citizens who refuse to receive a Covid-19 vaccination. The report, however, is not a genuine article from a South Korean media outlet. A
Multiple Facebook posts circulating online in February 2021 claim that only people from South Korea have Covid-19 antibodies, citing a South Korean scientific study as evidence. The claim is misleading: according to one of the co-authors of the sci
Officials in Houston had warned people to prepare for outages and hazardous roads — conditions similar to what residents might see in the wake of a Category 5 hurricane.
Numerous posts on social media claim that an Indian company has sold South Africa “a less effective” Covid-19 vaccine nearing expiry and which the Swiss have since banned. The claims are misleading; the vaccines developed by AstraZeneca had already
Gov. Kristi L. Noem (R) says South Dakota has fared better than virtually any other state during the pandemic, but she’s talking about economics, not health.
South Africa has not started administrating the vaccine to people below the age of 18 and therefore the claim is false.
A Facebook post claims that the second wave of Covid-19 in South Africa was caused by people wearing masks rather than the coronavirus pathogen itself. The post relies on a video that purports to simulate a carbon dioxide test, but experts dismissed th
Various images have been shared online in Nigeria alongside false claims that they show clashes between national troops and a local militia in the country’s southeastern region last week. AFP Fact Check rounds up some of the viral posts spreading dis
The two cases don't appear to be connected, nor do the people have a history of recent travel, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control said.
As South Korean lawmakers debate new legislation that would stipulate how Covid-19 vaccines should be administered in the country, some South Korean social media users shared posts which claimed citizens can refuse to be vaccinated based on two
A Facebook post shared by a widely followed account in the name of a South African politician claims that pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca - whose Covid-19 vaccines are set to be rolled out in the country - is owned by a rich Chinese man. The claim
The FBI has recovered 33 children in a joint agency operation to recover missing children.
A photo of South Korean President Moon Jae-in sitting in front of a teleprompter while holding a press conference has been shared repeatedly on Facebook in January 2021 alongside a claim it shows he was reading from a script. The claim is misleading: t
A purported letter from jailed Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong has been shared repeatedly on Facebook and on South Korean platforms Kakao Talk and Naver blog in January 2021. The letter purports to state that Lee intends to relocate the
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
Screenshots of two news reports have been shared repeatedly in multiple Facebook posts that claim they show a woman receiving a Covid-19 vaccine in the UK and South Africa. The posts suggest the image has been staged by the media to mislead the pu
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
A post on Facebook claims that the same picture of an elderly woman being vaccinated has been captioned as being both a woman in Manchester called Joan and a woman called Susan in South Africa. The original image was taken on 17 December 2020. It shows
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 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
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
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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
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
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
An image shared thousands of times on Facebook purports to show the deterioration of an iconic building in South Africa. The posts are false; it actually shows an abandoned mall in the United States.
A video viewed thousands of times has been shared in Facebook posts claiming to show UK-based supporters of Ugandan presidential candidate Bobi Wine being dispersed by police while demonstrating outside their country’s embassy. The claim is false; th
Multiple posts on Facebook and in Naver Blogs claim that South Korea has reported more than 600 domestic cases of the novel coronavirus on November 18, 2020. The claim is false; official figures released by the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Ag
Social media posts shared thousands of times in South Africa claim that health and beauty retailer Clicks is giving away free sanitary pads. The claims are false; the pharmacy explained that while it is running a promotion on sanitary pads, they are n
Multiple posts shared hundreds of times on Facebook and Twitter claim the Australian government cut AUD 200 million from the New South Wales Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) in the state’s 2020-21 budget. The claim is false; NSW RFS told AFP that budget
A report published in a website post and shared in multiple Facebook posts claims there has been a hundred "flu vaccine deaths" in South Korea. The report claims there is "no doubt" the flu vaccines caused the deaths because they contain thimerosal, a