Fact Checks ☑️
These are old pictures unrelated to recent Sudan floods
Various photos purporting to show recent flooding in Sudan have been shared hundreds of times online. However, AFP Fact Check found the images were circulating before the Sudan floods and taken in other countries.

Photo of burning forest is from 2000, not 2020 West Coast fires
Social media posts shared in English and Spanish claim to show an image from the 2020 wildfires on the West Coast of the United States. This is false; the photo was taken 20 years earlier in Montana.

Report Resurrects Baseless Claim that Coronavirus Was Bioengineered
A paper that has not been peer-reviewed reaches faulty conclusions to advance the unsubstantiated claim that the novel coronavirus was bioengineered in a Chinese lab, according to immunology and microbiology experts. The paper’s claims were amplified by Fox News, anyway.

Biden seeks replacement of retirement contribution deductions with tax credit
Social media posts shared tens of thousands of times claim Joe Biden wants to tax retirement saving plans. This is misleading; the Democrat has proposed no such levy but does want to replace the tax deduction for retirement contributions with a tax credit, a step analysts say would increase the tax burden for wealthy individuals while benefiting those earning less.

CBS News Didn’t Misrepresent Trump Gathering as a Biden Event
Social media posts are using an image of a CBS News report to accuse the network of misrepresenting a campaign event for President Donald Trump as one for former Vice President Joe Biden. That’s false. The report’s voiceover was discussing the Trump campaign while the photo was on the screen.

This photo actually shows an Indian Air Force chopper that crashed in the state of Uttarakhand in 2018
A photo showing wreckage of a helicopter crash in a mountainous area has been shared in Facebook and Twitter posts in September 2020 that claim it shows an Indian Air Force (IAF) chopper accident in India's Ladakh region. The claim is false: the photo actually shows an IAF chopper that crashed near the Hindu temple of Kedarnath in the northern Uttarakhand state in April 2018. No IAF helicopters have crashed this year.

State auditors accept Philippine VP Leni Robredo’s explanation about unused funds
A video that has been viewed tens of thousands of times on YouTube and shared in multiple Facebook and blog posts claims that state auditors found Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo “could not explain” millions in government funds and would file charges against her. The claim is misleading; Robredo gave an explanation that was accepted by state auditors; the audit documents don’t mention anything about filing charges against Robredo or her office.

New Zealand doctor makes misleading claims about the country’s PCR testing regime in widely shared YouTube video
A video showing a New Zealand-based doctor claiming the PCR testing method for the novel coronavirus does not “actually test for the virus” and is being used inappropriately has been viewed tens of thousands of times on Facebook. The claims are misleading; multiple experts told AFP the PCR test being used in New Zealand tests for specific RNA sequences unique to the SARS-CoV-2 virus and it is not being used inappropriately by medical staff.