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Beware of fake websites claiming to give out Covid-19 aid on behalf of Nigeria's government
A website shared thousands of times on Facebook is inviting Nigerians to apply for financial help from a Covid-19 survival fund provided by the government of Africa’s most populous country. But AFP Fact Check found the site is a fraudulent version of the official state aid portal, which features the government’s web domain “gov.ng”.
Source: https://factcheck.afp.com/beware-fake-websites-claiming-give-out-covid-19-aid-behalf-nigerias-government

Instagram Post Makes Invalid Comparison Between COVID-19 and Flu Vaccines
A tweet shared on Instagram baselessly claims that a person is 300 to 900 times more likely to die “after getting the #Covid vaccine than the flu vaccine.” But the comparison is faulty — and there is no proof that people are dying from COVID-19 vaccines.
Source: https://www.factcheck.org/2021/02/scicheck-instagram-post-makes-invalid-comparison-between-covid-19-and-flu-vaccines/

Posts Mislead on Biden’s Response to Texas Emergency
President Joe Biden approved an emergency declaration for Texas after a winter storm began wreaking havoc, and held a call with its governor as the state experienced power outages. But Facebook posts misleadingly claim there has not been “one word” on the emergency from Biden.
Source: https://www.factcheck.org/2021/02/posts-mislead-on-bidens-response-to-texas-emergency/

German solar, wind power did not fail in cold weather
Posts shared more than 200,000 times on Facebook in February 2021 allege that Germany’s renewable energy supply failed after snow covered solar panels and wind turbines froze. This is false; figures show that the country’s electricity production from these sources experienced no significant decrease, and the photo used to illustrate the claim was taken in Russia.
Source: https://factcheck.afp.com/german-solar-wind-power-did-not-fail-cold-weather

Incorrectly dated photos used in warnings on climate change
Facebook posts claim to show the impact of climate change on the Amazon rainforest using two photographs purportedly taken a decade apart. But the first image was shot years later than labeled, while the photo said to be more recent was taken 15 years prior to the date given, and shows the effect of deforestation -- a major threat that is a cause rather than a symptom of climate change.
Source: https://factcheck.afp.com/incorrectly-dated-photos-used-warnings-climate-change

US emergency agency is not providing free hotel rooms in storm-hit Texas
Facebook posts shared thousands of times claim the US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is providing free hotel rooms to Texans without water or heat in their homes after a severe winter storm hit the southern state. The claim is false; the agency said it is not currently offering hotel rooms to residents.
Source: https://factcheck.afp.com/us-emergency-agency-not-providing-free-hotel-rooms-storm-hit-texas

Canada’s retired politicians eligible for pensions, but not salaries for life
A Facebook post shared hundreds of thousands of times worldwide claims that retired top politicians will receive large salaries “for life,” in contrast to low pay for soldiers and meager pension income for seniors. In Canada, however, prime ministers and members of parliament are not eligible for pensions until age 55, and benefits are capped at 75 percent of pay.
Source: https://factcheck.afp.com/canadas-retired-politicians-eligible-pensions-not-salaries-life

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