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.
A photo posted by Segura led some fans to believe he had sustained another fall after previously seriously injuring himself playing basketball in 2020.
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
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
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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 &
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
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
We reached out to Facebook for more information regarding screenshots that circulated on Twitter.
We’ve been working with Facebook on their Third Party Fact Checking work since 2019, and a big part of that is giving social media posts a rating. If you’re a Facebook group admin, page owner or you posted something from your personal accou
SciCheck Digest Federal health officials testified at a Senate committee hearing that about 60% of their employees have been vaccinated against COVID-19 so far. But viral online posts have distorted their comments to misleadingly claim that half of the
SciCheck Digest In a May 16 interview, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director said the agency knew of 223 breakthrough fatalities among fully vaccinated individuals, but “not all … died of COVID.” That is not an admis
An image purporting to compare the lungs of person vaccinated against Covid-19 with someone who has not received the jab has been shared hundreds of times in multiple Facebook and Twitter posts. The claim is false: the image is unrelated to vaccina
Several photos have circulated in Korean-language social media posts in May 2021 alongside a claim they show a new campaign from a local South Korea police force encouraging subway users to ride the escalators sideways. The posts claim the policy has r
SciCheck Digest Animal testing and clinical trials were conducted before the COVID-19 vaccines were granted emergency use authorization in the U.S. But a state senator in Texas falsely claimed at a hearing that animal tests were “stopped” b
A photo of a Malaysian newspaper’s front page has been shared thousands of times on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and TikTok, alongside a claim that Israel has accused Malaysia of training a Hamas fighter in May 2021. The image was shared during an
Social media posts shared hundreds of times claim that a recent UK parliament “vote” on the alleged Uyghur Muslim genocide in China’s Xinjiang was only attended by five British MPs. The claim is misleading: the UK parliament passed a motion, not
A video has been viewed hundreds of thousands times in Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and TikTok posts that claim it shows Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu purportedly threatening to kill Muslims with vaccines. The claim is false: the
As Sri Lanka faces a surge in Covid-19 cases, multiple Facebook posts claim that an indigenous medication has been discovered in a southern village as a ‘cure’ for Covid-19 induced pneumonia, alongside images purported to show crowds already throng
Multiple online posts have shared a claim that Thai citizens can get inoculated against Covid-19 with their vaccine of choice when they visit as tourists in neighbouring Laos. This claim is false: as of May 18, 2021 foreign tourists were not permitted
A video clip of an interview of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has been viewed millions of times in Facebook posts alongside a claim he said it is not essential for Muslims to accept Prophet Mohammad as the last prophet of Allah. The claim is fals
Facebook posts circulating in South Korea claim that Covid-19 is "merely a common cold that we see every year", referencing news reports from 2013 which mentioned a "novel coronavirus". The claim is false: the 2013 reports referred to the MERS outbrea
Facebook posts circulating in May 2021 claim that China has abandoned Covid-19 jabs in favour of a vaccine that can be inhaled. The claim is false: while a Chinese vaccine company is carrying out trials for an “inhaled vaccine”, the product has
The social media platforms admitted to deleting posts on evictions in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, but said this was due to a technical glitch.
As violence escalated in Gaza in May 2021, multiple online posts shared a video that they claimed shows Palestinians staging a fake funeral in Gaza in a bid to gain world sympathy. The claim is false: the video has circulated online since March 2020
Multiple Facebook posts have shared parts of a study by US-based scientists that analysed spike proteins of the novel coronavirus. The posts suggest the study is evidence that some Covid-19 vaccines could be harmful. The claim is misleading: both the r
A video has been viewed tens of thousands of times in social media posts that claim it shows a large group of South Asian travellers at Singapore’s Changi Airport on May 5, 2021 -- just before the country announced new travel restrictions on vis
Social media posts circulating in South Korea claim that the origin of the English word “family” is a combination of the words “father,” “mother” and “I love you.” The claim is false: the Oxford English Dictionary traces the origin of t
Korean-language Facebook posts circulating in May 2021 purport to share a tip about how people can obtain a discount on their mobile phone bills. The claim is false: the South Korean government and domestic telecommunications operators said the purpo
On May 10 2021, rumors of an imminent gas shortage spread everywhere, followed immediately by a photograph purportedly showing a couple “stocking up” on gas to get ahead of the situation. The image was absolutely everywhere, with at least t
Multiple posts shared repeatedly on social media claim the International Monetary Fund (IMF) warned South Korea’s economy will not recover from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic until at least 2026. The claim is misleading: the posts have misre
A video has been viewed thousands of times in Facebook posts that claim it shows a Burmese military helicopter shot down by a leading Myanmar ethnic rebel army in May 2021. But the claim is false: the video has circulated online since February 2020
Social media posts claim that the words “How To Hit A Woman So No One Knows” were searched on Google 163 million times in2020, during the pandemic. This is false; the claim is based on a study whose author admitted to using flawed methodology that
A video that appears to show a failed vaccination attempt has been viewed tens of thousands of times on Facebook, Twitter and Weibo. The clip was shared alongside a claim that it was filmed in India as Covid-19 cases surged. But the video has been shar
Multiple posts on Facebook shared in Tanzania claim to promote job vacancies at various South African companies. However, the listings are a hoax and do not lead to the advertised listings. The alleged employers also confirmed that the ads were fake.
Facebook posts circulating online in India claim women should avoid receiving the Covid-19 vaccine on specific dates during their menstrual cycle. The claim is false, health experts said. Vaccine manufacturers in India have not warned that a woman's
Social media posts shared thousands of times question the merits of US President Joe Biden’s “$4 trillion jobs plan” by claiming unemployment was the lowest in history a year ago, when Donald Trump was in office. This is inaccurate; the plan is p