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This photo of Biden was taken before he became president and the boy pictured is not George Floyd’s son
An image of US President Joe Biden kneeling in front of a boy has resurfaced on social media alongside the claim that the child is the son of George Floyd, a Black man who died in police custody on May 25, 2020, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The photo’s resurgence coincides with the trial of Derek Chauvin, the police officer charged with Floyd’s death. But the claim is false; the photo was taken during Biden’s presidential campaign, and the boy pictured is not Floyd’s son.
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This ATM robbery using a digger took place in Northern Ireland, not South Africa
A Facebook post shared thousands of times claims to show a dramatic video of thieves using a digger to steal an ATM in South Africa. While the video is real, the incident took place in Northern Ireland.
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Florida local coronavirus measures still in place despite prohibitions on fines
Social media posts from April 2021 claim Florida has no mask mandates or other coronavirus-related restrictions and yet is not seeing a spike in cases. This is misleading; major Florida counties still have measures aimed at curbing the spread of Covid-19 in place, though the governor has prohibited the assessment of fines for violations, and new cases of the disease have been on the rise in the state.
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Daunte Wright arrest warrant unrelated to marijuana
Social media posts claim Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man who was fatally shot by police in Minnesota, was wanted for not paying a fine for marijuana possession. This is false; while there was a previous cannabis-related charge involving Wright, the warrant for his arrest was issued because he failed to appear in court over illegal possession of a weapon and fleeing the police.
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DMX masters are not being purchased by Jay-Z and Beyoncé
The death of US rapper Earl Simmons, commonly known as DMX, was followed by claims that Jay-Z and Beyoncé are purchasing his musical masters -- the original recording and licensing of a song -- for $10 million. This is false according to a representative of DMX and family members.
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This photo shows former East Timorese president Xanana Gusmao visiting a cyclone-struck area in his country
A photo has been shared in multiple posts on Facebook along with a claim that it shows former East Timorese president Xanana Gusmao carrying an aid box in a cyclone-struck area in neighbouring Indonesia. The claim is false: the photo actually shows Xanana visiting a storm-hit area in his country.
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Facebook posts falsely tout plant extract as cure for cancer and dementia
Multiple Facebook posts claim that butterbur -- a plant extract sometimes used for medicinal purposes -- is effective in curing dementia and cancer. The claim is false. Butterbur is not a cure for cancer, according to medical experts. Separately, South Korea's Central Dementia Centre said the plant extract cannot cure dementia.
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These pictures show a design concept of a house created by a Russia-based architect
Multiple photos have been shared thousands of times on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Reddit with a claim that they show Russian President Vladimir Putin's house in Sochi, Russia. The claim is false: the pictures show a design concept of a house created by a Russia-based architect — not a real building.
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Old photo of burning rickshaw resurfaces online in false posts about protests in Pakistan
A photo of a burning motorcycle rickshaw has been shared in multiple Facebook posts which claim it was set ablaze during protests in Pakistan in 2021. The claim is false: the photo has circulated online since at least 2018 in reports about a different protest.
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Viral post misleads on health insurer’s response to Covid-19 vaccine coverage
Facebook posts shared hundreds of times claim a major New Zealand health insurer said it “will not pay out on Life Insurance policies or medical if one has had the Covid vaccine”. The claim is misleading; Southern Cross Insurance told AFP health and life insurance policies will continue as normal for people who have received a Covid-19 vaccine. New Zealand's government-run Accident Compensation Corporation also said that they cover vaccine-related injuries.
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