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Facebook posts claiming MSG contains pork ingredients omit important context
A claim that monosodium glutamate (MSG), a popular food additive, contains a pork ingredient and should not be consumed by Muslims has been shared thousands of times in multiple Facebook posts in 2021. The posts include a screenshot of a news article that reports on a company having to withdraw its MSG from Indonesia after pig enzymes were discovered. The posts, however, omit important context: the article is two decades old and reports on an isolated incident in 2001 involving Ajinomoto, a Japanese company that quickly regained its halal certification that same year.
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Facebook posts misleadingly claim Austria halted its vaccination programme and destroyed all vaccines
Multiple Facebook posts have shared a graphic alongside a claim that Austria has halted its Covid-19 vaccination programme and destroyed all vaccines after the death of a 49-year-old nurse. The claim omits important context: Austria temporarily halted use of 6,000 ABV 5300 doses of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine after witnessing two death cases, but that decision only applied to specific doses, not to all the vaccines; the country resumed the distribution of the batch on March 19, 2021, after The European Medicines Agency (EMA) confirmed that there was no evidence of a problem related to specific batches of the vaccine or to particular manufacturing sites.
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AstraZeneca rejects rumours it is planning to sue South Korean media
Facebook posts circulating in March 2021 claim that AstraZeneca is preparing to file a lawsuit against South Korean media outlets for damages. The claim is false: a spokesperson for the pharmaceutical giant told AFP the claim is groundless and that it has reported the “fake news” to authorities.
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Papua New Guinea post shares Covid-19 vaccine misinformation
A Facebook post circulating in Papua New Guinea warns that Covid-19 vaccines are being trialled on people in the country and advises them to “stay away from hospital” if they develop symptoms. The post adds that the disease is “just a seasonal flu” and advises at-home treatments. The claims are false: the vaccines being rolled out in Papua New Guinea have been rigorously tested for safety in other countries and experts say those who develop flu-like symptoms should get a Covid-19 test and seek medical help if needed.
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Finishing Trump’s border wall not part of Texas plan
Social media posts claim that Texas’s “Operation Lone Star” is aimed at completing former US president Donald Trump’s controversial Mexico border wall project, which his successor has moved to end. This is false; officials say the operation does not include wall construction, and announcements on it do not mention border barrier work.
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Anti-lockdown group promotes misleading claims about face masks as 'fact check'
A Facebook post in South Africa makes several claims about masks, including that they are ineffective in preventing the spread of Covid-19 in the general population and that they inhibit children’s social development. But these allegations are missing context: health experts say masks reduce virus transmission when worn properly. AFP Fact Check has previously debunked similar claims about masks affecting children’s psychological evolution.
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Keto weight loss pill not endorsed by ‘Shark Tank’ show judges
Facebook ads viewed more than 100,000 times claim that a keto diet pill is endorsed by every judge on the long-running business reality show “Shark Tank.” This is false; one of the judges called the ads “fake” and said neither she nor the other panelists endorse such pills, which have never been on the program and are the latest keto-related deception warned against by the show and its celebrity investors.
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Film portraying a pandemic’s devastation is not set in 2021
A Facebook post claims the years-old movie “I Am Legend,” which depicts the world devastated by a deadly virus after a cancer cure goes wrong, is set in 2021 -- an attempt at linking the sci-fi thriller’s plot with coronavirus and Covid-19 vaccines. This is false; the movie is set in 2012.
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Biden and Harris did not take same plane to Georgia
Social media posts claim US President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have traveled together in contravention of standard security measures, citing a photo from a trip to Georgia as evidence. This is false; journalists who covered the trip said the two flew on separate aircraft but were both aboard one plane for a briefing after their arrival.
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France did not ban halal slaughter of poultry
Social media posts and online articles claim France will ban the halal slaughter of chicken. This is false; the Ministry of Agriculture said there is no ban, but a November 2020 directive clarified the rules around the religious exemption from European Union legislation governing animal slaughter.
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The video is doctored from a meme circulating online since 2016
A video viewed tens of thousands of times on Twitter purports to show Americans bursting into cheers in reaction to footage of US President Joe Biden tripping on the stairs while boarding Air Force One on March 19, 2021. Many social media users appear to have believed the video was genuine, although it originates from a meme showing football fans celebrating England's win against Wales at the UEFA European Championship in 2016.
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This picture shows a dwarf buffalo from Thailand
Facebook posts shared thousands of times purport to show photos of a hybrid breed between a pig and a cow that is being exported from Thailand for the start of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. The claim is false: the picture in fact shows a dwarf buffalo from Thailand; the pig and the cow species cannot be bred together.
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Facebook posts falsely claim Trump’s name to appear on 2021 pandemic relief checks
An image of a checks bearing the name of former US president Donald Trump is circulating in social media posts which claim that relief checks issued from March 2021 to help Americans struggling during the pandemic will be signed with Trump’s name. The claim is false; the White House said the checks will be signed by an official from the US Treasury’s Bureau of Fiscal Service, breaking with the Trump era’s policy of including the president’s name on Covid-19 relief checks.
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