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Social Media Swirls With Unsupported Claims About Cause of Justin and Hailey Bieber’s Medical Conditions
Pop star Justin Bieber announced he has Ramsay Hunt syndrome, a form of facial paralysis caused by a reactivation of the virus that causes chickenpox. Social media posts have claimed his condition was caused by COVID-19 vaccination, but there is no e
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NRSC’s Misleading Green New Deal Attack on Fetterman
John Fetterman, the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania, says he "never supported the Green New Deal" though he does support a longer-term transition away from fossil fuels. Nonetheless, a TV ad from the National Republican Senatorial
FactCheck.org3 min de lecturePopular Culture & Media Studies
Kansas Cattle Died After Unusual Heat Wave, Contrary to Baseless Claims Online
At least 2,000 cattle have died following a heat wave in southwestern Kansas. Although the cattle apparently died of heatstroke, social media posts have made baseless claims suggesting that the deaths might be part of a larger conspiracy theory about
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Posts Baselessly Link Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome to COVID-19 Vaccines
Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome, or SADS, has been studied for decades and is caused by genetic heart problems. But social media posts suggest, with no evidence, that SADS is related to COVID-19 vaccines. The post Posts Baselessly Link Sudden Arrhyt
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Posts Distort Questionable Study on COVID-19 Vaccination and EMS Calls
Studies have found that COVID-19 increases the risk for heart complications, and that the benefits of COVID-19 vaccination outweigh the risks for males and females in all age groups. Social media posts, however, have misinterpreted and publicized a c
FactCheck.org4 min de lectureCrime & Violence
Democratic Congressman Exaggerates Number of Gun ‘Massacres’
In discussing a bipartisan Senate proposal to address gun violence, Rep. Jamie Raskin exaggerated when he said there have been "more massacres than days in 2022." Using the source supplied by the congressman's office, guns were used in 14 "mass murde
FactCheck.org13 min de lectureAmerican Government
Trump Ignored Aides, Repeated False Fraud Claims
At the second hearing of the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol, former President Donald Trump’s top aides testified that they told him his claims of election fraud were baseless. What Trump char
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Examining Uvalde’s Police Spending
For the fiscal year ending in September, spending on police is expected to account for 37% of general fund expenditures in the city of Uvalde, Texas. But police spending is projected to make up about 17% of the city's total operating expenditures, co
FactCheck.org17 min de lectureAmerican Government
Evidence Gaps in ‘2000 Mules’
A conservative film now playing in select theaters around the country isn't "determinative, definitive" proof of widespread voter fraud, as former President Donald Trump has claimed. The post Evidence Gaps in ‘2000 Mules’ appeared first on FactCheck.
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Vaccinated People Not More Susceptible to COVID-19 Than Unvaccinated
Q. Are vaccinated and boosted people more susceptible to infection or disease with the omicron variant than unvaccinated people? A. No. Getting vaccinated increases your protection against COVID-19. Sometimes, certain raw data can suggest otherwise,
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Social Media Posts Falsely Attribute Statement on Gasoline Prices to Nonexistent ‘BP Oil Executive’
A supply and demand imbalance, exacerbated by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, led to a surge in gasoline prices. But an online statement attributed to a supposed “BP Oil Executive” blames gasoline prices on U.S. dependence on foreign oil. BP told us th
FactCheck.org3 min de lecturePopular Culture & Media Studies
Posts Misrepresent Status of Paul Pelosi’s DUI Charges
Paul Pelosi, the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, was arrested for alleged drunken driving on May 28. Posts on social media falsely claim that the DUI charges against Pelosi have been dropped. But the Napa County District Attorney’s Office said
FactCheck.org7 min de lecturePolitical Ideologies
Republican TV Ad Makes False Claim About ‘Dead’ Voters
An illegal ballot cast on behalf of a deceased voter is rare, and we could find no examples of it occurring in Michigan in 2020 or 2016. Yet, a Republican gubernatorial candidate in Michigan falsely claims in a TV ad that "dead people always vote Dem
FactCheck.org4 min de lecturePopular Culture & Media Studies
Illinois School District’s Shift to Equitable Grading Is Misrepresented Online
A school district in Illinois is considering implementing "equitable grading," which would focus more on evaluating student learning than class participation or homework. A conservative website misrepresented the idea as a "race-based grading system"
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Ad Misleads on Percentage Increase in Fentanyl Seizures Under Biden
The overall increase in fentanyl seized at the southwest border under President Joe Biden is nowhere near as high as a Republican ad misleadingly claims. U.S. border officials seized 13,021 pounds of the drug in Biden’s first full 15 months in office
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Students in Israel Don’t Carry Guns to Class, Contrary to Social Media Posts
Israel has established strict measures in response to armed attacks on its schoolchildren. But social media posts falsely claim there have been "no school shootings in Israel" and use a photo to misleadingly suggest students carry weapons to class. O
FactCheck.org15 min de lectureAmerican Government
Q&A on Biden’s Gun Proposals
In a prime-time speech to the nation, President Joe Biden spoke about gun violence and his proposals to reduce it. Here, we answer common questions about some of the statistics the president cited and actions he proposed. The post Q&A on Biden’s
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Tactical Unit, Not Off-Duty Officer, Killed Uvalde Gunman
Jacob Albarado, who has been described in media reports as an off-duty Customs and Border Protection officer, helped students escape the Robb Elementary School in Uvalde on May 24. But online rumors falsely claim he was the CBP officer who killed the
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Ask SciCheck Files: The Relationship Between Mental Health and Mass Shootings
In the wake of mass shootings in Buffalo, New York, and Uvalde, Texas, some officials have cited mental illness as a reason for the unprovoked attacks. But as we’ve explained before, having a mental illness isn’t predictive of who will perpetrate a m
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Q&A on Monkeypox
We explain what monkeypox is, what makes the outbreak unusual, and why it’s important to take seriously but unlikely to play out like the coronavirus.  The post Q&A on Monkeypox appeared first on FactCheck.org.
FactCheck.org7 min de lectureCrime & Violence
TV Ads About Cheri Beasley’s Record on Violent Crime Lack Context
Democrat Cheri Beasley's record in North Carolina Supreme Court cases involving violent crime is the subject of competing TV ads in the state's U.S. Senate race. But neither ad gives viewers all of the necessary context for the claims portraying Beas
FactCheck.org3 min de lecturePopular Culture & Media Studies
Social Media Posts Make Baseless Claims About Gender Identity of Uvalde Shooter
Police are still investigating the shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, but as of May 26 they had shared no evidence about the shooter's gender identity. Despite that lack of evidence, Rep. Paul Gosar and others claimed the gunman was t
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FDA-Approved ‘Electronic Pill’ Isn’t Evidence That COVID-19 Vaccine ‘Microchip’ Conspiracy Is ‘Proven’
COVID-19 vaccines don’t contain microchips and have readily available ingredient lists. But social media posts use an old clip of the Pfizer CEO talking about an “electronic pill” for schizophrenia to leave the false impression he was confirming a co
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‘WHO Has No Authority to Dictate U.S. Health Policy’
The World Health Organization can make recommendations after the declaration of a global emergency, but it has no control over any nation’s decisions. Yet conservatives in the U.S. falsely claim that amendments proposed by the Biden administration to
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Border Patrol Required to Provide Formula to Detained Infants
Q: Has the Biden administration sent “pallets” of infant formula to the border amid a nationwide shortage? A: Yes. Customs and Border Protection, the agency that first encounters and then processes immigrants, is legally required to provide formula t
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Some Posts About NIH Royalties Omit Fauci Statement That He Donates His Payments
A nonprofit recently reported that, since 2009, the National Institutes of Health and many of its scientists received an estimated $350 million in royalties for developing experimental treatments. Some kept the money, but Dr. Anthony Fauci has said t
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Post Misleadingly Blames Shipments to Ukraine for Baby Formula Shortage in U.S.
A Mississippi-based nonprofit has sent shipments of baby formula to Ukraine since Russia invaded the country. A social media post misleadingly suggests the shipments are responsible for the formula shortage in the U.S. But the shortage has been due t
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Navarro Falsely Links Fauci to Pandemic Origin
The U.S. indirectly funded some bat coronavirus research at a lab in Wuhan, China. But those experiments could not have led to the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, because the viruses used were very different. Yet former White House trade adviser Pe
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Gates’ Investment in Startup Firm Is Not Related to Baby Formula Shortage
A fund backed by Bill Gates has invested in a startup working to develop lab-manufactured breast milk, but it won’t reach the market for several years. Yet, social media posts make baseless claims that Gates is behind the current baby formula shortag
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Plan B Pills Still Legal in Tennessee and Missouri, Contrary to Social Media Claims
Proposed legislation in Tennessee and Missouri would not regulate Plan B contraception pills, and experts say state “trigger laws” that would take effect if Roe v. Wade were overturned will not ban methods of birth control. But social media posts fal
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