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This poster has been doctored from a health notice promoting the coronavirus jab
Multiple South Korean Facebook users have shared an image of a public health campaign poster, purportedly from a Swiss medical organisation, which advises people not to take a Covid-19 vaccine. The poster is a fake; it has been doctored from a real Swiss public health campaign which urged people to get the jab. The organisation mentioned in the misleading poster does not exist and the logos on the poster are unrelated to public health.
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False news reports claim Elon Musk is dead after Tesla factory explosion
Reports circulating on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram claim that tech entrepreneur Elon Musk is dead following a “Tesla factory explosion”. The claim is false; the reports are not genuine news articles and there are no credible reports of Musk's death as of March 9, 2021.
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Facebook account impersonates South African police to promote fake jobs
A Facebook account falsely purporting to belong to the South African Police Service (SAPS) has been misleading social media users into believing that it’s promoting an opportunity for hundreds of unemployed people. AFP Fact Check found that the advert is a hoax: police have confirmed the page is fake and there is no such traineeship programme at the moment.
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US presidential candidates cannot receive foreign campaign contributions
Social media posts in Nigeria are claiming that US President Joe Biden, the purported recipient of a $700 million campaign contribution from the west African nation, had disrespected the country by allowing separatist leader Nnamdi Kanu to enter the United States. This is false; Biden did not accept any money from the Nigerian government since US laws do not allow presidential candidates to receive campaign contributions from foreign nations, while there is no known ban against Kanu in the United States.
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Manchin Wrong About How Many States Have $7.25 Minimum Wage
“Bernie has chosen $15 and, you know what, an awful lot of areas and states have moved to $15,” Manchin said on ABC’s “This Week” on March 7. “A lot of them moved a lot further than $7.25. There’s very few, I would think if any, are at $7.25.”

No states currently have a $15 minimum wage, though New York City and Washington, D.C., do, according to the Department of Labor. Nine states have passed legislation to move toward a $15 minimum wage over the next several years. The most recent was Florida, where voters in November approved Amendment 2, which will phase in a $15-per-hour minimum wage by 2026.

But there are still 21 states where the minimum wage is effectively $7.25 an hour, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

According to the Department of Labor, there are seven states that don’t have minimum wages or have minimums below the federal level. In those states, “Employers subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act must pay the current Federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.” Those states are: Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee and Wyoming.

Fourteen other states have a state minimum of $7.25 an hour, which has been the federal rate since July 24, 2009. Those states are: Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin.

In some states the minimum wage depends on the size of the employer. For example, in Ohio, the minimum wage is $7.25 for employers with annual gross receipts under $305,000. For employers with annual gross receipts above that level, the minimum wage is $8.80.

In West Virginia, Manchin’s home state, the minimum wage is $8.75 an hour.

Manchin’s $11-an-hour minimum wage proposal enjoys wider public support among Democrats and Republicans than $15 an hour. But Manchin overstates the movement to date when he says “very few … if any” states have a minimum wage at the federally mandated $7.25 per hour; 21 states, or 42% of them, do.
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