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Facebook posts falsely claim Sri Lanka was ranked among world’s ‘most corrupt nations’
Facebook posts shared tens of thousands of times claim Sri Lanka has been ranked in the “top four most corrupt nations” in the world. The claim, which has circulated online since at least 2019, is misleading. The posts did not cite any official list for the purported corruption rankings. The claim appears to have originated from an alleged statement made by a former minister.
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This claim originated in a 2017 satirical article and the Clinton Foundation said it doesn’t own a ship
A screenshot of a purported news article claiming that a cargo ship owned by the Clinton Foundation was raided at a port in the US city of Baltimore has been shared in multiple posts on Facebook. The posts, however, are misleading; the article is from a self-described satirical website and the Clinton Foundation told AFP it does not own any cargo ships.
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This video shows a muscular breed of beef cattle from Belgium
A video has been viewed tens of thousands times on Facebook and YouTube alongside a claim that it shows the hybrid offspring of a cow and a pig. The claim is false; the video has circulated online since at least 2014 in reports about a Belgian Blue bull, a muscular cattle breed from Belgium.
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False claim circulates online in Thailand about coronavirus vaccine eligibility
As Thailand launched its coronavirus vaccination drive, a claim circulated on Facebook and messaging app Line in late March 2021 that all adults aged over 19 could receive the jab in the Thai capital Bangkok. The claim is false: as of March 30, 2021, a top official in Thailand’s disease control department told AFP that Covid-19 vaccines would only initially be available to people in certain risk groups. In response to the social media posts, the Thai government urged people not to share “fake information”.
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Suez ship baselessly linked to QAnon conspiracy theory about Clintons
QAnon-linked social media posts seek to tie the Clintons to a ship that blocked the Suez Canal, saying the vessel has been used for human trafficking. The Clinton Foundation, however, says it has no ships, while an international maritime safety agency and an anti-trafficking group told AFP there is no information to support the claims, which the shipping line dismissed as baseless.
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Gas station message about high prices not affiliated with ExxonMobil
Facebook posts shared tens of thousands of times feature an image of an Exxon gas station sign with a message blaming high fuel prices on US Democrats. But the price shown for regular gas does not reflect market data, the picture is the same as a customizable photo from a “Make your own Gas Station Sign” website, and the oil company says it is not affiliated with the message.
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Doctored image falsely purports to show South Korean president holding pro-North Korea placard
A photo of South Korean President Moon Jae-in shared repeatedly in multiple Facebook posts purports to show him holding a placard that criticises the United States and promotes Pyongyang’s nuclear programme. The image, however, has been doctored. The original photo, published in October 2015, shows that Moon was holding a placard opposing plans to introduce state-authored history textbooks.
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