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This image has been manipulated from a photo of Tom Hanks wearing a USA soccer jersey
An image of American actor Tom Hanks purportedly wearing a T-shirt that reads “take me to Greece” has been shared hundreds of times on Facebook. In fact, the picture has been manipulated from a photo Hanks posted in 2015, in which he was wearing a USA national soccer team jersey.
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This video has been edited to add an Indonesian hymn in a clip of a Vatican service
A clip has been viewed tens of thousands of times on Facebook and YouTube alongside a claim that an Indonesian church hymn was sung during a service at the Vatican in March 2021. The posts also claim the Vatican used woven coconut leaves as a mark of respect to the victims of a recent church bombing in Indonesia. The claims are false: the video has been edited to include an Indonesian church hymn. A Vatican priest told AFP the service used woven palm leaves, not coconut leaves.
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Papua New Guinea posts misrepresent AstraZeneca roll-out in Australia
Facebook posts circulating in Papua New Guinea have shared a screenshot of an Australian news report about the temporary suspension of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine in Europe over blood clot concerns. The posts claim the vaccine is being "questioned" by Australian authorities. The posts have shared the news report in a misleading context: it actually shows an interview with Australian Environment Minister Sussan Ley on March 16, 2021, in which she said she had confidence in the vaccine. Australian authorities have said they will investigate any possible connections between the vaccine and blood clots but as of April 8, 2021, the country's vaccination programme has continued uninterrupted.
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Facebook posts falsely tout bean sprouts as dementia cure
Multiple Facebook posts have shared a claim that bean sprouts are a “cure” for dementia. The claim is false: a health expert at South Korea's Central Dementia Center told AFP bean sprouts are not proven to be a cure for dementia; sprouts are also not recognised as safe and effective for treating dementia, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
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Misleading Facebook posts claim Covid-19 vaccine increases risk of catching the novel coronavirus
Multiple Facebook posts share a claim that people become more prone to Covid-19 infection after they receive their first of two vaccine doses. The claim is misleading: while people who have received the Covid-19 jab can still contract the virus, getting the vaccine itself does not increase the risk of Covid-19 infection.
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Pakistani social media users share debunked coronavirus myths
A video has been shared tens of thousands of times by Pakistani Facebook users that claims Italian doctors discovered Covid-19 is caused by a bacteria. The video goes on to claim the bacteria is somehow spread through the "poisonous waves of 5G", causing an infection that is curable by taking paracetamol or aspirin. These claims are false, according to international health experts. Italy’s health ministry previously told AFP the claims were a “hoax" after they circulated online in the Philippines.
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Quebec exempt from federal carbon tax due to cap-and-trade system
Facebook posts shared thousands of times claim Quebec is exempt from carbon pricing. This is misleading, the province is exempt from Canada’s federal carbon tax because it puts a price on pollution through a cap-and-trade system that was in place years prior to the implementation of the federal levy in 2019.
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To date, no tree has been verified to be 6,000 or more years old
An image of a large baobab has been shared hundreds of times on Facebook alongside claims that the tree is 6,000 years old and located in Tanzania. But experts say that no tree in the world has been discovered that is this old to date. The oldest living tree on record is a bristlecone pine in the United States.
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Video Doesn’t Show Buttigieg Staging Bike Ride
A video showing Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg departing the White House on a bike was misrepresented by conservative commentators online, with some claiming he “staged” the ride. There’s no evidence for that claim, and the Department of Transportation said he traveled from the department to the White House — a three-mile trip — and back on bike.
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The video was taken in China’s Yunnan province before the Myanmar military coup
A video of armoured vehicles has been viewed thousands of times in multiple social media posts in April 2021 which claim it shows Chinese troops in Myanmar, where there has been escalating unrest since a military coup on February 1, 2021. The claim is false: the video was actually filmed in China’s Yunnan province; the same video has circulated online since at least August 2019.
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This photo was taken in November 2019, before India detected its first Covid-19 case
A photo of top officials in the Indian capital Delhi has been shared in multiple Facebook and Twitter posts alongside a claim that it shows them placing a mask on a boy's face while they themselves are not wearing masks, despite rising Covid-19 cases. The claim is false: the original photo was taken in November 2019, when authorities distributed masks to students to protect them from air pollution. India declared its first coronavirus case in January 2020.
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