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Experts say sitting over a mixture of scented leaves and hot water is dangerous for women
Multiple posts shared more than a thousand times on Facebook claim that women experiencing menstrual pain or fibroids should use a solution of hot water, salt and scented leaves, a method known as “vaginal steaming”. However, an expert told AFP Fact Check that this purported treatment can cause serious harm, and various academic papers over the years have dismissed any reported benefits.
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Instagram Posts Spread Texas Lawmaker’s False Claims on Vaccine Testing
Animal testing and clinical trials were conducted before the COVID-19 vaccines were granted emergency use authorization in the U.S. But a state senator in Texas falsely claimed at a hearing that animal tests were “stopped” because the “animals were dying” and that “they didn’t do the human testing.” A clip of his erroneous remarks is spreading on social media.
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US government data does not show Covid-19 vaccine ‘death toll’
An article claims that US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data shows that Covid-19 shots have killed more people than all the other vaccines in the last 20 years combined. This is false; the CDC says there is no proven link between deaths and vaccines against the coronavirus, while the number cited in the article is for any fatality that occurred after inoculation, regardless of the possible cause.
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Electric cars in France were not discarded due to faulty technology
US social media users shared photos of hundreds of electric cars parked in France, alleging that they were discarded because their batteries failed. This is false; the vehicles belonged to a Paris rideshare fleet that was shut down, and the company that produced the cars said their batteries were taken out to avoid deterioration.
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Posts mislead on South Korea’s failed campaign to make subway users ride escalators sideways
Several photos have circulated in Korean-language social media posts in May 2021 alongside a claim they show a new campaign from a local South Korea police force encouraging subway users to ride the escalators sideways. The posts claim the policy has recently been introduced in a bid to protect commuters from hidden camera crimes. The claim is misleading: the campaign was scrapped shortly after it was launched in August 2020 following public criticism, police said.
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Video shared by Israeli official is falsely linked to 2021 Israel-Hamas conflict
In the wake of the violent Israeli raids in Gaza, a spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shared a video clip on May 11, 2021 alongside a claim it shows Hamas intentionally launching rockets at residential neighborhoods in the Gaza Strip. The claim is false: the video has circulated online in various contexts since at least 2018.
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False claims touting raw onion with salt as 'Covid-19 cure' not backed by scientific evidence
As Covid-19 cases surged in India, Facebook and Instagram posts shared a claim that consuming raw onion with salt can cure the disease within minutes. The claim is false, according to experts. There are no credible reports the purported remedy can treat Covid-19 patients.
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False posts misrepresent image of lung scan taken before wide Covid-19 vaccine roll-out
An image purporting to compare the lungs of person vaccinated against Covid-19 with someone who has not received the jab has been shared hundreds of times in multiple Facebook and Twitter posts. The claim is false: the image is unrelated to vaccination. It shows a medical scan of a Covid-19 patient’s lungs from a Canadian university study that has circulated online since at least April 2020. The study does not mention vaccination and predates the mass roll-out of Covid-19 jabs.
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Philippine regulators did not approve antiparasitic drug ivermectin as Covid-19 vaccine substitute
Multiple Facebook posts shared hundreds of times in the Philippines claim that ivermectin, an antiparasitic drug, can be used as a substitute for Covid-19 vaccination. The posts shared an advisory for a drugstore stating the drug had been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The posts are misleading: the posts shared an advisory that states government regulators approved ivermectin to treat parasitic roundworms. There is currently no clear evidence that ivermectin is an effective treatment for Covid-19, according to the FDA.
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This image of people praying has circulated online since at least 2016
An image of people praying in the street has been shared in multiple Facebook and Twitter posts alongside a claim it shows Palestinian Muslims attending Friday prayers. The photo circulated online as the Israel-Palestinian conflict escalated. The image has been shared in a false context: it has circulated in reports since 2016 about Muslims attending a funeral prayer in Indian-administered Kashmir.
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Myanmar TV did not announce obligatory military service for all adults
As Myanmar’s military continues a crackdown on protesters and rebel groups fighting its February coup, Facebook posts surfaced claiming that a major TV channel announced that all Myanmar citizens aged 18 and over must serve in the army. The claim, however, is false: the state broadcaster, MRTV-4 has not broadcast any such announcement, as of May 20, 2021.
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These images are from different protests in Indonesia between 2016 and 2017, not 2021
Three photos have been shared hundreds of times in multiple posts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, along with a claim that they show tens of thousands of people rallied in Indonesia in support of Palestinians in May 2021. The claim is false. While hundreds of Indonesians protested in Jakarta in May to show solidarity with Palestinians, the photos actually show two different protests in Indonesia in 2017 and 2016.
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These photos show clashes in Myanmar in 2013, not 2021
Seven pictures have been shared thousands of times in Facebook posts that claim they show Mindat town in Myanmar’s western Chin State after deadly clashes between the Myanmar military and anti-coup rebels in May 2021. The claim is false. The images in the misleading posts are actually 2013 photographs of conflict in central Myanmar that were taken by AFP and Reuters news agency.
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Video from 2016 shows Cristiano Ronaldo recording message of hope for children in Syria
A Facebook post shared hundreds of times in South Africa claims that Portuguese football star Cristiano Ronaldo sent a video message to Palestinians expressing solidarity with their plight. While it is Ronaldo who appears in the 21-second clip, he posted it on social media in 2016 in his capacity as a “Save the Children Global Artist Ambassador”. In the video, Ronaldo is passing on a message of inspiration to children in war-ravaged Syria.
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