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Stock photo of actors posing as medical workers shared in misleading Facebook posts promoting coronavirus pandemic denial
A stock photo of two actors posing as medical workers while carrying a fake body bag has been shared hundreds of times in misleading Facebook posts which promote coronavirus pandemic denial. The original photo agency that licensed the image clearly labelled it as a staged photo.

Canadian doctor falsely claims pandemic is a ‘hoax’
Facebook posts of a doctor calling the Covid-19 pandemic a “hoax” in remarks to the Edmonton City Council have been shared thousands of times since November 13, 2020. Contrary to accepted medical advice, Roger Hodkinson falsely claimed masks and social distancing are useless, in remarks refuted by Canadian authorities and medical experts.

Trump Repeats Baseless, False Claims About the Election
In his first interview since Election Day, President Donald Trump recapped baseless, false and misleading claims he has made before of a “rigged” election.

Trump spoke by phone with Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo on Nov. 29. In the interview, Trump went so far as to suggest the Department of Justice might be part of some grand conspiracy. “This is total fraud. And how the FBI and Department of Justice — I don’t know. Maybe they are involved,” Trump said.

There’s no evidence that Trump’s loss of a second term is due to “fraud.” State and federal judges have rejected Trump’s claims, saying the Trump legal team has provided no evidence of fraud, and election security officials have labeled this “the most secure in American history.”
  • Bogus Attacks on Dominion Voting Systems
    The president stuck to a conspiracy theory that Dominion Voting Systems had switched “thousands of votes” from him to President-elect Joe Biden, saying these were cases of “theft” not “glitches.” A group of federal, state and local officials overseeing the nation’s voting system refuted such claims back on Nov. 12, hours after Trump tweeted them.
  • False Claim of Winning Before Votes Were Counted
    Trump also repeated his false claim to have “won” on Election Night, despite the fact that several states hadn’t counted enough ballots at that point to project a winner.
  • Dead People Voting
    The president repeated the unsubstantiated claim that “thousands” of dead people voted in the election.
  • Poll Watchers and ‘Unexpected’ Ballots
    Trump once again falsely said that Republicans weren’t allowed to have poll watchers and incorrectly claimed to have pictures and evidence “of new ballots being brought into counting rooms.” That could be a reference to a viral video of a man unloading camera equipment — not ballots.
  • Flawed Logic on ‘Just Biden on Top’
    Trump claimed that “a lot of ballots” included votes only for Biden and no other down-ballot candidates, citing this as evidence of fraud. But Trump’s logic is flawed.
  • Trump Ballots Weren’t ‘Thrown Out’
    The president claimed that “many ballots with the name Trump on were thrown out.” But there is no evidence that any ballots legally cast for Trump were not counted.
  • Republicans Win with Mail-In Ballots
    Trump made the baseless and contradictory claim that Republicans cannot win with mail-in voting. “And, by the way,” he said, ”“if Republicans allow it to happen, you’ll never have another Republican elected in the history of this country at a Senate level or at a presidential level. You’ll never — or at a House level.

This photo shows an Indian politician celebrating Diwali in 2019, before the coronavirus pandemic
A photo of an Indian politician celebrating Diwali with lit sparklers has been shared hundreds of times on Facebook and Twitter alongside a claim it shows him flouting coronavirus restrictions in November 2020. The claim is false; the photo in fact shows the politician celebrating Diwali in October 2019, before the coronavirus pandemic.

British pro-life group propagates viral misinformation about New Zealand’s abortion laws
A video posted by a British pro-life group on Facebook that contains multiple misleading claims about New Zealand’s abortion laws has been viewed tens of thousands of times. The video includes a false suggestion that abortion in New Zealand is “available on-demand, for any reason, up to birth”. Similar claims were published in multiple other anti-abortion posts shared in the United States.

Experts refute false claim that Covid-19 vaccine can 'manipulate' human genes
A claim that a vaccine “stored at -80 degrees isn’t a vaccine” and is instead a “living transfection agent” that will cause “genetic manipulation” has been shared hundreds of times on Facebook. The claim is false; multiple experts say the Covid-19 vaccine that requires storage at extremely cold temperatures cannot alter human genomes.