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Facebook posts falsely claim South Korean ruling party's headquarters are in Pyongyang
Multiple Facebook posts have shared a screenshot of Google Maps that purports to show South Korea’s ruling Democratic party's headquarters are situated in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang. The claim is false: the party’s headquarters are located in Seoul. As of April 19, 2021, Google had removed the fake marker for the party's offices, which the tech giant told AFP was likely added by a Google user.
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Doctored report falsely warns of new nationwide curfew in Thailand after Covid-19 infections surge
As Covid-19 infections surged in Thailand, multiple Facebook posts shared a purported news report stating a new nationwide curfew would be announced on April 23, 2021. The claim is false: the photo has been doctored from an old news report about an earlier nationwide curfew. In response to the misleading Facebook posts, the Thai government said the purported announcement was “fake”.
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This young boy was injured while stopping a dog from attacking his younger sister
An image of two children has been shared on Facebook alongside a claim that the young boy was severely injured after rescuing his sister from being raped. This is false; the little boy in the photograph did protect his sibling, pictured next to him, but the attack came from a German Shepherd.
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These photos were taken during multiple airstrikes in the Gaza Strip between 2019 and 2020
A Facebook post with photos of large fires in a city purports to show the aftermath of a recent bombing in Gaza City. This is misleading. While there was indeed a bombing in April 2021, the pictures show older events.
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Study making false claims about masks is misattributed to Stanford University
Online articles claim a study from Stanford University found that mask wearing, which is recommended to help slow spread of Covid-19, is “ineffective” and harmful. But the study’s author is not employed by the prestigious California university, and it repeats previously debunked claims about the use of face coverings during the pandemic.
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Altered image shows Obama posing with pro-cannabis sign
A Facebook post shared thousands of times appears to picture former US president Barack Obama standing next to a sign that says “420,” referring to the celebration of weed held April 20. But a reverse image search reveals the photo has been digitally altered; the original was posted on the Obama White House Instagram account in 2015 and the sign read “1961,” not “420.”
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A Danish health official who fainted at a press conference later said she was fine
A video has been viewed thousands of times on Facebook and Instagram alongside a claim that it shows a health official who died at a press conference where Denmark announced it would suspend AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccinations. The claim is false: the head of the Danish Medicines Agency Tanja Erichsen later tweeted that she had recovered.
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Greta Thunberg did not urge Chinese people to stop using chopsticks to save trees
Social media posts shared thousands of times claim Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg urged Chinese people to stop using traditional chopsticks in order to save trees. The claim is false: AFP found no record of such remarks, while a spokesperson for Thunberg rejected the posts as baseless.
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