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Posts mislead on risk posed by vaccine ingredient
Social media posts claim that Polysorbate 80, a synthetic compound used to help keep ingredients together in vaccines, suppresses the immune system and can cross the blood-brain barrier. But the same ingredient is ingested in far greater quantities from foods such as ice cream, and medical experts say the only danger it poses is extremely rare cases of allergic reaction.

Doctored tweet falsely suggests US congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called for ‘purge’ of US conservatives
A purported screenshot of a tweet from US congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been shared repeatedly on Facebook alongside a claim that she called for a “purge” of Conservatives. The posts circulated online shortly after Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol, demanding that officials overturn the election of Joe Biden as the next US president. The claim is false: there is no evidence of the tweet ever having appeared on Ocasio-Cortez’s official Twitter account, or in a database of deleted tweets. In response to the misleading posts, Ocasio-Cortez said she did not tweet the purported message.

Image of hoax poster from Irish health service circulates online as Covid-19 cases soar
As coronavirus cases surge in Ireland, a picture of a poster that appears to be from the national health service asking people to report their neighbours for not wearing a mask has been circulating on Facebook around the world. The image is a hoax; the poster lists an old fax number for the Irish Times newspaper and Ireland’s Health Services said they did not issue it.

Anti-parasite medication ivermectin is not a scientifically proven treatment for Covid-19
As Covid-19 vaccination campaigns roll out across the world, posts circulating on social media in several countries claim that anti-parasite medication ivermectin is a “miracle drug” that cures the disease. This is misleading: as of January 14, 2021, the drug has not been scientifically proven as a prevention or treatment for Covid-19. Several scientists told AFP it should not be touted as a “cure” or “miracle drug”.