Fact Checks

‘Face Mask Exempt Card’ Isn’t Legitimate
A “face mask exempt card” shared on social media invokes the Americans with Disabilities Act and claims to excuse people from wearing face masks. But the group behind the card — “Freedom to Breathe Agency” — is not a government agency, and federal officials say the ADA “does not provide a blanket exemption” from requirements to wear masks.

Video Falsely Stokes Concerns About Voting in Louisiana Primary
A viral video falsely labeled “Registered Republican Not Allowed to Vote!” suggests that Republicans were kept from voting in Louisiana’s recent primary. The person featured in the video — which has been viewed millions of times — was actually registered as a Democrat, so she couldn’t vote in the closed Republican primary.

Man falling from statue in video was not trying to ‘deface’ monument
A video shared more than 62,000 times on Facebook shows a man falling from a statue and links the event to the recent defacing of historic monuments during anti-racism protests. This is misleading; the incident happened in 2015 in Paris during a techno festival and is unrelated to politics.

Ad for UV wands plays on coronavirus fears and makes false claims
A widely-viewed ad on Facebook urges people to buy ultraviolet light wands to protect themselves during the coronavirus pandemic. But experts say that although UV light can be used against the virus, it can also damage unprotected eyes and skin, while the ad links to a webpage that falsely claims endorsement from US health authorities and a doctor.

This video was filmed in 2019 during a protest in Paris
A video purportedly showing a black man calling for the mass murder of white and Asian people has been viewed thousands of times in multiple posts on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Weibo alongside a claim it relates to the Black Lives Matter movement in the US in June 2020. The claim is misleading; the footage was shot in 2019 during an unrelated protest in France; the comments made in the video were disowned by the French organisation which organised the protest.