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Old April Fool's Day joke about TIME magazine naming Thai prime minister 'best leader' resurfaces in misleading Facebook posts
A claim that TIME magazine named Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha the “best leader in the world” has been shared tens of thousands of times on Facebook. The posts add that Prayut narrowly beat Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for the top spot. The claim is misleading; it was originally intended as an April Fool’s joke in 2017; TIME magazine also said the claim was false.
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Former top medical official makes misleading claims about Papua New Guinea vaccine roll-out
A Facebook post written by the former chairman of Papua New Guinea’s Institute of Medical Research claims vaccines being rolled out for health workers in the country have bypassed the appropriate regulatory authorities and are being rolled out “for monetary gains”. The claims are misleading: experts told AFP that the vaccine has passed necessary regulation and is provided free of charge, while institutions linked to the professor have distanced themselves from his remarks and endorsed the vaccine roll-out.
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This hacker stole billions to fund his ‘luxurious’ lifestyle, not to donate to the poor
A meme claims that jailed Algerian hacker Hamza Bendelladj stole billions of dollars from hundreds of banks and donated them to poor African countries and Palestine. But there is no evidence that Bendelladj, who was found guilty of helping to create a virus designed to steal confidential information, spent his money on those less fortunate. Following his 2013 arrest in Bangkok, police there said the hacker admitted to using the funds to fuel his lavish lifestyle. The meme also misleadingly implies that he was imprisoned in Thailand when he was in fact extradited from there to the United States and then sentenced to 15 years in jail.
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These photos show an Indonesian who died in 2017, not his 150th birthday party
A Facebook post purporting to show photos of a man celebrating his 150th birthday has been shared nearly 100 times in Uganda. The claim is false: the person seen in the images is an Indonesian man who died in 2017. At the time of his death, he was 146 years old based on his ID card, according to media reports, but this could not be verified independently.
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Pfizer CEO Got Vaccinated, Contrary to Claim in Video
A video making the false claim that the Pfizer CEO “refuses” to get a COVID-19 vaccine has been circulating on Facebook. But the pharmaceutical company’s chief executive has said that he’s gotten his first shot. The chief executive officer for Pfizer, Albert Bourla, has gotten his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, he told Axios in early March.
Read the full article: https://www.factcheck.org/2021/03/scicheck-pfizer-ceo-got-vaccinated-contrary-to-claim-in-video/

US doctor makes false claims in video about Covid-19
A video from a Texas doctor warning against Covid-19 immunizations and touting drugs he says can treat the disease has been shared tens of thousands of times on social media. But medical experts say the physician’s claims about the safety and efficacy of the widely-used vaccines are false, and medications he advocates are not recommended by health authorities.
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Bogus Claims About Biden’s Treatment of Homeless Veterans
After the Biden administration said it would spend $86 million to temporarily house immigrants at the southern border in hotels, viral posts — including a tweet by Rep. Madison Cawthorn — falsely claimed the White House has directed “zero dollars” to homeless veterans. The American Rescue Plan includes $750 million to provide housing for veterans.
Read the full article: https://www.factcheck.org/2021/03/bogus-claims-about-bidens-treatment-of-homeless-veterans/

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