Fact Checks ☑️
Facebook posts promote false conspiracy that coronavirus testing patent was submitted in 2015
Multiple Facebook posts shared hundreds of times claim that a person named Richard A. Rothschild filed a patent for novel coronavirus tests in 2015. The claim is false; the image shows a supplemental application that was filed in 2020 following the submission of another patent application in 2015 that was not related to the coronavirus; a spokesperson for the financial services firm Rothschild & Co. said the patent’s applicant had no link to the company.

After 50 Cent backs Trump, Republicans share rappers' doctored image
Social media users including Donald Trump’s son Eric spread an image of rappers 50 Cent -- who has urged supporters to vote for the president -- and Ice Cube, both wearing Trump 2020 hats. But the image has been doctored; in the original, their hats featured logos for the BIG3 basketball league and the New York Yankees.

This picture is from a Photoshop contest – it does not show an actual meeting between Hillary Clinton and Osama bin Laden
An image making the rounds on Facebook claims to show former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton shaking hands with late al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. This is false: AFP Fact Check found that the image has been doctored to add bin Laden, who was killed by US forces in 2011. The original version shows Clinton with Indian musician Shubhashish Mukherjee at an event in 2004.

Video misleads on Harris rally crowd size
A video of Democratic vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris waving from a platform is circulating in Facebook posts claiming that virtually nobody showed up to her recent rally in Florida. The video is misleading; the rally was a drive-in event and the angle of the footage obscures from view the cars and people who attended.

Doctors in Video Falsely Equate COVID-19 With a ‘Normal Flu Virus’
A video posted by a European-based group called World Doctors Alliance falsely claims the novel coronavirus is “a normal flu virus” and there is no COVID-19 pandemic. Actually, COVID-19 is deadlier than the seasonal flu, and some European nations are combatting a second wave of cases.

Biden’s 40% tax rate on home sales only applies to $1 million annual earners
Social media posts circulating ahead of the November 3 presidential election claim that Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s tax proposal will take a 40 percent cut of profits from Americans who sell their home. This is misleading; according to Biden’s plan, think tanks and tax experts, the rate would only affect those earning more than $1 million a year.

Trump’s Misleading Medicare Boast
In a Florida speech about senior citizens, President Donald Trump made misleading comparisons of Medicare costs under his administration and his predecessor’s.

Trump claimed “premiums for Medicare health plans went up” under the Obama administration, but his administration “lowered Medicare Advantage premiums” by 34%. He is talking about premiums for Medicare Advantage, a private Medicare option, that most Medicare beneficiaries don’t pay. For those who do pay them, the average national Medicare Advantage monthly premium went up by all of 46 cents under then-President Barack Obama.

As for “Medicare health plans,” there are four parts to Medicare and the largest premium — for Part B, physician coverage — has increased under both administrations. Nearly all Medicare enrollees pay the Part B premium, including Medicare Advantage enrollees.

‘Leak’ of Canada lockdown plans is fake
An alleged leak from a Liberal Party of Canada member about a government coronavirus “road map,” including restriction of movement and military deployment, has been shared thousands of times on Facebook. The posts are false; the Liberal Party confirmed that the “Strategic Committee” referenced in the posts does not exist, and an expert on disinformation cautioned that this kind of information should be met with skepticism.

This satirical video was made in 2020 using old black and white movie clips
A video supposedly made in 1956 that warns of a deadly virus that will spread from “somewhere in Asia to the rest of the world” by “the year 2020” has been shared on Facebook thousands of times alongside a claim it accurately predicted the Covid-19 pandemic. The claim is false; the video creator told AFP it was made in 2020 for satire, in response to Covid-19 misinformation.