Our research found that the UK public is as concerned by the spread of misinformation as it is by issues such as immigration and Brexit. Our data shows levels of public concern were comparable to fair wages and low pay, crime, law and order, Brexit, th
Are fully vaccinated people unable to spread COVID-19 if they are infected? No, that's not true. President Joe Biden incorrectly stated that vaccinated healthcare workers cannot spread the coronavirus if they are infected after receiving
Quick Take U.S. ports slowed by pandemic-induced labor and equipment shortages cannot keep up with Americans’ demand for imported goods, resulting in cargo ship backups on both coasts. But social media posts, without citing evidence, falsely claim
A Facebook post claims that all Amazon boxes are sprayed with toxic pesticides to kill rodents that can cause chemical burns on the tongues of cats, as well as a number of other potential symptoms including fever, lethargy and shallow breathing. The po
In this video, FactCheck.org and Univision Noticias teamed up to debunk false claims, spreading on social media, that were made by a state senator in Texas about vaccine safety. All three of the COVID-19 vaccines administered in the U.S. went throu
Unofficial "Fox News Alert" YouTube channels with millions of subscribers posted altered video thumbnails to push political conspiracy theories.
Posts on Facebook claim recent fuel shortages were orchestrated by the government and industry in order to sell off fuel surpluses accumulated during the pandemic before they expired. There is no evidence for this. Oxidation and evaporation can,
SciCheck Digest The Food and Drug Administration says male infertility is not a known side effect of the antiparasitic medication ivermectin. Dubious claims that the drug sterilizes 85% of male users were incorrectly attributed to a questionable 2011
The surprising vote by the committee of outside experts assembled by the Food and Drug Administration was 16-2, with members expressing frustration that Pfizer had provided little data on the safety of extra doses.
A Facebook post authored by someone touting toxicology credentials joined the growing field of inaccurate claims that falsely blame the vaccine for a pandemic that has stretched into a second year. The Aug. 13 post was a screenshot of information tha
Are people vaccinated against COVID-19 "superspreaders," serving as the transmitting vectors for the virus that caused the midsummer 2021 increase in hospitalizations, and did the delta variant and other new forms of the SARS-CoV-2 virus
Several Twitter accounts that look like they belong to some well-known news networks recently shared that a journalist had been captured and killed by the Taliban in Kabul. But these accounts weren’t authentic and they’ve since been suspended. R
Peddlers of misinformation attempted to sow confusion in the wake of the Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan.
REVIEW It’s been over a year since the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) began advising individuals to wear masks in public to help limit the transmission of SARS-CoV-2, the virus respons
The tweet in question came from a real doctor. The copy-pasted tweets were shared in an effort to discredit the doctor.
REVIEW The wearing of face masks is one of the public health measures that has been adopted to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Multiple scientific studies have shown that mask-wearing is effective in reducing the number of infections. COVID-19 is tra
On August 6 2021, Irish broadcaster and verified page “RTÉ 2fm” shared a video captioned “The greatest interview of ALL time. A classic ,” reaching five million views on Facebook Watch and purportedly showing footage of a flig
A public safety video released by the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department in California was quickly called into question online — but not by local news organizations, some of which shared it without mentioning that medical groups have des
Says Joe Biden has driven the current coronavirus surge because he “imported more virus from around the world by having a wide open southern border.”
“Wearing masks has not been demonstrated to make a significant impact in preventing the spread of COVID.”
There is limited data on the exact number of people who got infected outdoors. It is still possible to contract the coronavirus in an outdoor setting.
“CDC confesses: Vaccines are failing, and the vaxxed can be superspreaders.”
Did the United States' public health agency say vaccinated people are "the super-spreaders" of COVID-19? No, that's not true: Although discoveries about the delta variant will continue to change knowledge about it as scientists learn from
Donald Trump’s social media posts in the aftermath of the 2020 election and the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol got him suspended from Facebook and Twitter amid concerns that his false claims about a stolen election would provoke more violence. His Fac
SciCheck Digest Livestock and poultry are not being vaccinated against COVID-19. But a meme is spreading the falsehood that those who eat meat from vaccinated animals will get “VAXXED” by consuming the meat. That simply isn’t possible
REVIEW In early July 2021, this meme claiming that “a vaccinated person might get sick from the virus they got vaccinated against because you’re not vaccinated” went viral on social media platforms. The meme received more than 65,000 interacti
A video which has been shared on social media shows a woman, who claims to be an attorney, speaking at the Orange County Board of Supervisor meeting on 2 June 2020. The video includes many outdated or untrue claims about the Covid-19 pandemic. As
SciCheck Digest The COVID-19 vaccines have been shown in trials and real-world application to be safe and effective. But a paper shared widely online claimed that vaccines cause two deaths for every three lives saved. Experts say the analysis misinterp
In the U.S., the coronavirus strain now accounts for about one in every five new cases.
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
In this video, FactCheck.org and Univision Noticias team up to debunk false claims made by a Texas doctor about the two mRNA vaccines authorized for emergency use in the U.S. for COVID-19. The Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines demonstrated in cli
Prince Harry took a break from paternity leave to announce the return of his Invictus Games, which supports the rehab and recovery of wounded veterans.
We can think of a few other public figures who have spread unverified claims about the virus.
Are U.S. states liquefying "vaccine-murdered people" and spreading them on food crops? No, that's not true: A video claims that a Wisconsin bill is legalizing such actions -- but the legislation does not allow for liquefied remains of "va
Are COVID-19 vaccines self-spreading vaccines? No, that's not true: The shots are not infectious. The COVID-19 vaccines can only enter the body through an administered dose; they can't be passed between people. An example of the claim app