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Korean Facebook posts falsely claim Covid-19 is a ‘common cold that we see every year’
Facebook posts circulating in South Korea claim that Covid-19 is "merely a common cold that we see every year", referencing news reports from 2013 which mentioned a "novel coronavirus". The claim is false: the 2013 reports referred to the MERS outbreak in South Korea, which was caused by a different virus, according to health experts.
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Experts say this video shows soldiers, not protesters, from a Myanmar rebel group
A video has been viewed tens of thousands of times on Facebook alongside a claim it shows young anti-coup protesters who joined a leading rebel group in Myanmar in May 2021. The posts circulated online after young protesters reportedly joined ethnic rebel groups to fight the military. However, the video has been shared in a misleading context: experts told AFP that the people in the video correspond with images of soldiers, not protesters, from a different ethnic rebel group.
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Misleading claim circulates online about South Korea's quarantine lunch boxes
A photo has circulated online in Korean-language posts alongside a claim it shows a lunch box with a South Korean presidential seal given to Chinese students in quarantine. The claim is misleading: the lunch box in the photo was given to a South Korean citizen placed in quarantine after being evacuated from Wuhan in February 2020, according to the South Korean government. No lunch boxes displaying presidential stamps were provided to recent arrivals in South Korea other than the South Korean citizens airlifted from Wuhan, the government said.
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Facebook posts misquote Pakistan PM's comments on Prophet Mohammad
A video clip of an interview of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has been viewed millions of times in Facebook posts alongside a claim he said it is not essential for Muslims to accept Prophet Mohammad as the last prophet of Allah. The claim is false: Khan's comments were taken from a longer interview in which he said Muslims must accept Prophet Mohammad as the last prophet of Allah to be considered part of the Islamic faith.
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