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Facebook posts misleadingly claim half of South Koreans suffer from underlying medical conditions
Multiple Facebook posts shared repeatedly in March 2021 claim that 50 percent of South Koreans suffer from underlying medical conditions. The claim is misleading: there are no official reports to support the claim and the figures cited in the misleading posts are either outdated or inaccurate.
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Social media posts falsely claim that Denmark passed a law banning its Muslim voters
Multiple Facebook posts have shared a text graphic alongside a claim that Denmark has passed a new law that prohibits Muslims from voting in the elections. The claim is false; Denmark has not passed such a law and the country’s parliamentary website shows all permitted Danish citizens above 18 are entitled to vote.
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Misleading posts claim US covid relief plan costs every American $5,750
Facebook and Twitter posts shared tens of thousands of times claim that a wide-ranging $1.9 trillion package for Covid-19 pandemic relief will cost each US citizen $5,750. This is misleading; economists say the cost of the plan cannot be attributed to every American in this way, though they differ on the specifics of what its impact would be.
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False claim about Covid-19 vaccine causing infertility circulates online
A video post claims pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline’s Covid-19 vaccine contains ingredients that will cause infertility, and that immunized men can make unvaccinated women sterile, which would cause a global population decline. This is false; the drug company does not have its own Covid-19 vaccine, and doctors say such shots could not cause infertility.
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RFK Jr. Video Pushes Known Vaccine Misrepresentations
A video stoking fears of the COVID-19 vaccines in the Black community is being promoted online. But the film repeats misrepresentations about vaccines, generally, and exploits historical cases of unethical medical conduct to suggest without evidence that COVID-19 vaccines are unsafe.
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Misleading posts circulate online claiming that NYT, Deutsche Welle endorsed China’s Covid-19 vaccines
A claim that US newspaper The New York Times and German broadcaster Deutsche Welle have endorsed China’s Covid-19 vaccines has been shared in multiple Facebook posts, alongside a list claiming the top four safest Covid-19 vaccines in the world are all Chinese-made. The posts are misleading: they cite a New York Times article that is an opinion piece, and reference a Deutsche Welle news article from October 2020 that listed Covid-19 vaccines that were then in third-phase clinical trials. Neither of the news articles ranked the safety of the Covid-19 vaccines.
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This photo shows South Korea’s governor taking part in a Covid-19 vaccination simulation exercise
A photo has been shared on multiple posts on Facebook, Twitter and Naver blog alongside a claim that Kim Kyoung-soo, the governor of South Korea’s South Gyeongsang province, received a Covid-19 vaccine shot through his jacket. The claim is misleading: the photo was taken during a mock vaccination exercise on March 2, 2021; no actual Covid-19 vaccine shots were given that day, a government official says.
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Facebook posts misleadingly claim Israel reserves beach chairs for vaccinated people only
An image showing beach chairs with signs reading “RESERVED FOR VACCINATED PEOPLE ONLY” has been shared repeatedly on Facebook alongside a claim it’s the evidence of Israel’s “persecution” of people who don’t wish to get Covid-19 vaccinations. The claim is misleading: Israeli local government told AFP the messages were rolled out on the beach chairs in Tel Aviv in support of vaccinations in Israel, but were removed due to a misintranslation from Hebrew to English. Beach chairs in Tel Aviv are not being separated based on vaccination status.
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No, the video was originally uploaded as satire by a Greece-based Facebook user
A video that appears to show a radio-frequency identification (RFID) tracking chip in a face mask was published by a New Zealand-based Facebook user alongside a claim that masks made in China “often contain RFID chips”. The claim, however, is false; the video was originally uploaded as satire by a Greece-based Facebook user who inserted the chip into the face mask as a joke.
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Old hoax circulates on Thai social media warning people to turn off mobile phones due to harmful cosmic rays passing Earth
A warning has been shared repeatedly in Facebook, Twitter and Line posts that urge people to turn off their mobile phones because “dangerous cosmic rays will pass by earth.” The claim is false; a Thai expert told AFP that the warning is “fake news” based on “pseudoscience” and international atmospheric agencies maintain that cosmic rays pose little to no threat to life on Earth.
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