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This photo actually shows a bank employee in India
An image of a woman working at a computer while a young child sleeps on the floor behind her has circulated in Facebook posts claiming it shows a Sri Lankan government official. Social media users have praised the woman for flying in the face of stereotypes about unproductive public sector workers. The claim is false; the picture actually shows a bank employee from Pune, India, who shared it online to highlight the plight of working mothers.
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Social media posts falsely claim death row convicts in Indonesia pay for their own executions
Multiple social media posts have shared a claim that death row inmates in Indonesia are individually responsible for paying around 200 million rupiah ($13,700) to cover the expenses of their own executions. This claim is false: the expenses are covered by the Indonesian government.
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This photo has been doctored -- it does not show Moon Jae-in on the cover of TIME magazine
A photo purporting to show South Korean President Moon Jae-in on the cover of TIME magazine has been shared in Facebook posts claiming the purported cover is a criticism of his government. However, the cover has been doctored and does not correspond to a genuine edition of TIME magazine. The cover text appears to have been taken from a New York Times article.
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False claim circulates on social media that Russia requires male citizens to have more than one wife
A claim that the Russian government has required polygamy for its male citizens has been shared in multiple posts on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. This claim is false: polygamy is not allowed under Russian law. The misleading posts appear to be based on a Russian politician’s proposal to allow polygamy that has not been enacted into law as of April 23, 2021.
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Pre-pandemic photo of elderly woman on roadside shared in posts about India coronavirus surge
As Indian hospitals buckle under record Covid-19 infections, a photo of an elderly woman sitting by the road with an oxygen tank has been circulating on Facebook and Twitter. The claim is false; the image predates the pandemic and has circulated online since April 2018.
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The US Supreme Court did not rule against mandatory vaccination
A post shared on Facebook in South Africa claims that the US Supreme Court “overturned” mandatory vaccination following a lawsuit filed by attorney Robert F. Kennedy Jr. This is false; the precedent for mandatory vaccination dates back to a Supreme Court decision from 1905 and has not been challenged since. Furthermore, getting vaccinated against Covid-19 is currently not mandatory in the United States.
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Fabricated tweet falsely claims Museveni’s son threatened Buganda Kingdom
Facebook posts shared multiple times have used a purported screenshot of a tweet to claim that Muhoozi Kainerugaba — a son of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and a high-ranking military officer — had threatened to “crush” the Buganda Kingdom in Uganda. But the Facebook posts are false; there is no evidence Kainerugaba made such remarks on Twitter. AFP Fact Check further established the tweet was fabricated, while a Ugandan defence official dismissed the posts as “fake news”.
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This video shows clashes in Iraq in 2020, not at Chad’s presidential palace
A video of a firefight has been circulating on social media alongside a claim that it was filmed at the presidential palace in Chad on the evening that President Idriss DΓ©by’s death was announced. However, this video was filmed in Iraq in 2020 during clashes between two armed groups. AFP Fact Check had already verified this video, which has no connection to the current events in Chad.
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Video of DMX fans blasting music on the street was shot in Orlando, not New York where he died
Facebook posts claiming to show a crowd escorting the body of American rapper DMX from White Plains hospital in New York — where he passed away — while blasting his music has been viewed thousands of times online. The claim is misleading; AFP Fact Check geolocated the video in Orlando, Florida, with local police also confirming it was filmed there. There is no official evidence that DMX's body was transported to a different state after his death.
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Photo of Queen Elizabeth II crying was taken in 2002, not at her husband’s funeral in 2021
An image of Queen Elizabeth II has been shared thousands of times on social media alongside claims that it shows the British monarch crying after the death of her husband Prince Philip in April 2021. This is false; the image was taken during a Remembrance Day service on November 7, 2002, outside Westminster Abbey in London.
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Google document shared on Facebook promotes fake supermarket jobs in Kenya
A Google document shared in Facebook posts claims to advertise hundreds of jobs at Naivas Supermarket, a leading supermarket chain in Kenya. In order to apply, users are required to fill out a form and pay a “registration fee”. But AFP Fact Check found the adverts to be a hoax; Naivas denied any association with the purported listings, saying that it does not recruit on Facebook nor demand a fee from applicants.
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Plywood price up due to high construction demand, not protests
Social media posts claim plywood is expensive because it is being used to protect storefronts during protests. This is false; experts say the price of the material is up due to high demand for use in construction combined with supply limitations.
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Wrestling photo mischaracterized in posts about trans athletes
Facebook posts are misleadingly sharing a 2018 photo that shows two teen wrestlers, to claim that transgender athletes are “just boys beating up on girls.” But one of the athletes in the picture, Mack Beggs, a trans male athlete, was not allowed to compete in the boys’ wrestling division at the time due to state rules, and he is shown employing a classic wrestling move, not “beating up” his opponent.
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US doctor makes false claims about risk of Covid-19 vaccination
An American physician and anti-vaccination advocate claims in a video viewed more than 169,000 times that widely used Covid-19 vaccines have not been properly tested and pose long-term health risks. But experts say her claims are inaccurate, the technology used in the vaccines was under development well before the pandemic, the shots were trialed on tens of thousands of people, and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that long-term side effects are unlikely.
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