Fact Checks

Meme Misconstrues Efficacy of Face Masks in Spread of COVID-19
A meme suggesting that face masks are useless against COVID-19 has been circulating online. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends wearing a face covering in public since the virus is transmitted mostly through droplets produced when people cough, sneeze and talk.

Navarro Doesn’t Give Full Picture On Hydroxychloroquine
White House trade adviser Peter Navarro has promoted the “astonishing” results of an observational study that found hydroxychloroquine was associated with lower mortality for patients hospitalized for COVID-19. But the study has limitations, and multiple randomized controlled trials have found the drug is not beneficial to hospitalized patients.

Black Lives Matter did not release flyer describing whites as ‘the enemy’
A photo of a flyer describing white people as “the enemy” and which is attributed to Black Lives Matter has been shared tens of thousands of times on social media. But the organization said it did not release it, and the flyer’s message contradicts the group's stated beliefs.

Flu shots do not contain coronaviruses
A claim popularized by discredited researcher Judy Mikovits in the viral “Plandemic” video -- that influenza vaccines contain coronaviruses -- has spread online. But experts say it is false, and coronaviruses are not among the ingredients approved for use in US flu vaccines.

Post Falsely Attributes Racist Remarks to Fashion Designer
A viral image on Facebook falsely attributes racist comments to the fashion designer Michael Kors. The quotes were fabricated by a now-defunct satirical website in 2015, but have been circulating as if true ever since.

Donald Trump Jr. Shares Unsupported Claim that ‘Democrats’ Vandalized Statue
Donald Trump Jr. has shared a viral meme that makes the unsupported claim that a statue of abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass in Rochester, New York, was torn down by “Democrats.” Police have made no arrests, and are “still looking into” who committed the vandalism.

Social Media Posts Spread False Claim About Fauci’s Wife
Social media posts falsely claim that Ghislaine Maxwell, the associate of convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, is the sister of Dr. Christine Grady, Dr. Anthony Fauci’s wife. Maxwell and Grady are not siblings.

Health experts say COVID-19 swab tests are safe and do not damage the blood-brain barrier
An illustration has been shared hundreds of times in multiple Facebook and Instagram posts which claim it shows that nasal swab tests for COVID-19 can harm the blood brain-barrier, a semipermeable membrane separating blood from other fluids in the brain. The claim is misleading; experts say COVID-19 swab tests are not placed near the blood-brain barrier and do not pose a risk to human health.

The video actually shows US military helicopters flying over a lake in the US state of Arizona
Footage of helicopters flying low over a body of water has been shared repeatedly in multiple Facebook, Twitter and YouTube posts alongside a claim it shows Indian Air Force attack helicopters flying over Pangong Lake in Ladakh, an Indian border region where a deadly clash between Indian and Chinese troops broke out in June 2020. The claim is false; the video actually shows US military choppers in the US state of Arizona.

Hoax circulates on Facebook that Jackie Chan is offering cash handouts during COVID-19 pandemic
A video has been viewed more than 1.7 million times on Facebook alongside a claim Hong Kong actor Jackie Chan is offering cash handouts to people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The claim is false; the video has been created using two separate clips which do not state that Chan is offering donations to those affected by COVID-19; the first clip was originally published on Chan's official Facebook account in April 2020; the second clip was taken from a 2017 post on the Instagram page of US boxer Floyd Mayweather.