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Black threads in face masks are harmless textile fibers, scientists say
Several videos showing close-up shots of face masks have been shared online alongside a claim that the masks' black threads are “worms” or “parasites”. The claim is false, according to scientists who told AFP that the threads are harmless fibers.
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Canada’s federal government does not mandate vaccination
Social media posts claim a Canadian lawyer won a case against “forced immunization” and the result now has the force of federal law. This is false; vaccination is not mandatory at the federal level in Canada, provinces that require proof of immunization for school attendance allow exemptions, and two vaccine-related cases in which the attorney is involved remain unresolved.
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George Floyd not related to North Carolina shooting suspect
Social media posts claim that a man arrested over a fatal shooting in North Carolina is the brother of George Floyd, whose May 2020 death in Minneapolis police custody sparked protests across the United States. This is false; relatives of Floyd and a memorial foundation say he was not related to the shooting suspect.
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This photo was taken in Cambodia in 2007 -- not Myanmar in 2021
A photo of a distraught girl has been shared hundreds of times in multiple posts on Facebook and Twitter alongside a claim it was taken in Myanmar as the military launched air strikes on villages in southern Kayin state. The claim is false: the photo was taken in Cambodia in 2007 by photographer John Brown.
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Pre-pandemic video of Brazil police closing beach fuels anti-lockdown sentiment
A video has been viewed tens of thousands of times in social media posts that claim it shows police attempting to close down a beach in Brazil due to Covid-19 restrictions. The video has been shared by anti-lockdown pages on Facebook and Instagram. But the claim is false: the video has circulated online since 2012; it actually shows crowds being dispersed due to restrictions on playing “altinha”, a popular beach game in Rio de Janeiro, local media reported at the time.
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'Vitamins, sunlight and alkaline foods': false list of purported Covid-19 treatments recirculates online
As the Philippines struggled to contain a surge in Covid-19 cases, a list of purported home remedies to treat the disease recirculated on social media. The posts claimed the purported treatments were endorsed by a director at a Manila hospital. This is false. In 2020, health experts told AFP the purported coronavirus remedies were not cures for Covid-19. The Manila hospital cited in the recent social media posts said the list was not issued by any of its doctors.
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