Fact Checks

There is no evidence that black garlic can prevent cancer, health experts say
Multiple posts shared repeatedly on Facebook and Twitter claim that black garlic, a type of aged garlic often used as an ingredient in Asian cuisine, has properties that can decrease the chances of developing cancer "sixfold". The claim is misleading; health experts say there is insufficient scientific evidence that black garlic can prevent cancer; Thailand’s National Cancer Institute warns that excessive consumption of black garlic can result in unwanted side effects.

COVID-19 Data-Reporting Changed, But Not Florida’s Case Count
As Florida’s COVID-19 case count rose to the second-highest in the U.S. in July, a former challenger for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s congressional seat falsely claimed on social media that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had made a “mistake” and subsequently reduced Florida’s count by 79,000 cases. There was no such adjustment.

Fit people are not immune to COVID-19
A post shared thousands of times on Facebook claims the novel coronavirus does not affect people who are very fit or thin. This is false; the pandemic has shown that nobody is immune to COVID-19, and experts called the claim "dangerous."

Video does not show Hurricane Hanna toppling US border wall
A video claiming to show strong winds from Hurricane Hanna knocking over part of the border wall between the United States and Mexico has been viewed hundreds of thousands of times on social media in English and Spanish. But the claim is false; US authorities said that the incident dates from before the storm.

Joe Biden does not own island next to sex offender Jeffrey Epstein’s hideaway
Social media posts claim that Joe Biden owns an island near the one where the late sex offender Jeffrey Epstein was accused of abusing girls in the US Virgin Islands. The claim is false; a property database in the territory does not contain the presidential contender’s name, and his campaign spokesman said Biden has never owned a Caribbean island.

Herman Cain Died of COVID-19, Not Cancer
Within hours after his passing, Facebook posts falsely claimed that former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain died of colon cancer, not COVID-19. Cain did battle and survive cancer in 2006, but his staff confirmed online that his death was due to the novel coronavirus.