Fact Checks

This photo has circulated in reports since 2018 about an incident in the north Indian state of Bihar
A photo of an armed man standing on an Indian flag while cloaked in a Pakistani flag has been shared repeatedly in multiple posts on Facebook and Twitter in June 2020 alongside a claim he was seen disrespecting India’s flag in the eastern state of West Bengal. The claim is misleading; the photo has circulated in reports since August 2018 about an incident in the north Indian state of Bihar; a local police spokesperson told AFP on August 14, 2020 that an investigation into the case was ongoing.

This image is an illustration of a medical center at a US university
An image of a building design has been shared hundreds of times on Facebook and Twitter posts alongside a claim it shows a design for a hospital set to be built by a Muslim body in India on land that was designated for a mosque. The claim is false; the image shows an illustration of a medical centre at an American university; the Muslim body cited in the social media posts said the claim was “fake news”.

China did not announce a ban on US travel and products in August 2020
Posts on messaging app LINE and Facebook claim that Beijing announced on August 13 that Chinese people should not travel to the United States or buy American-made products. The posts contain a purported screenshot of a Thai-language message and a photograph of Chinese President Xi Jinping. But the claim is false: China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs made no mention of the alleged warnings in its daily press briefing on August 13; no such public statement on US travel or products was issued by Xi Jinping, Chinese state media or any official government account on August 13; the photograph of Xi has circulated online since at least 2016.

Fabricated Myanmar newspaper report claims politician plans to ban English
An image has been shared multiple times on Facebook alongside a claim it shows a newspaper report about Myanmar opposition leader U Than Htay of the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) vowing to ban people from speaking English should the party come to power. The claim is false; the image actually shows a doctored page of Myanmar newspaper Golden Hand; the paper denied publishing any such report.