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    Posts Falsely Claim Natural Viruses Cannot Mutate Or Have Variants

    Facebook posts shared in South Korea claim that only man-made viruses can mutate. The claim circulated online as variants of SARS-CoV-2 spread throughout the world. The claim is false: naturally occurring viruses often mutate, according to health experts. "Only man-made viruses mutate. [Naturally occurring] viruses never mutate or have variants," reads a Korean-language...

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    COVID-19 Swabs Sterilized With Ethylene Oxide Gas Are Safe, Experts Say

    A Tik Tok video claims that COVID-19 swabs sterilized with ethylene oxide gas are killing people. However, US and Australian public health agencies say the chemical is safely used to sterilize a range of medical products, the CDC says the test kits are not dangerous, and a professor said there is no basis for claims that the tests can lead to cancer. Pilots Vaccinated...

    • 9 hrs ago
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    Article On COVID-19 Deaths Among Vaccinated People Shared Without Context

    As a wave of anti-vaccine messages swept across social media, Facebook posts shared a report that most COVID-19 patients who die in England have been vaccinated. They used the report to suggest the COVID-19 shots were unsafe. The posts are misleading: the article actually explained that the trend was "expected", as high numbers of older people -- who have a...

    • 9 hrs ago
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    Astrid Stuckelberger Falsely Links EMA Data On COVID-19 Vaccines To Deaths

    Social media posts share a video of a Swiss-based researcher who claims that the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has "linked" COVID-19 vaccines to 18,000 deaths. This is false; a report of a fatality following vaccination in the EMA's database is not proof of a tie between the two, and though serious side effects following vaccination have been recorded, they...

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    US Authorities Have Not Stopped Using RT-PCR Tests For COVID-19 Detection

    Social media posts claim American health authorities are revoking authorization for widely used coronavirus tests because they are inaccurate. This is false; one US agency said it made no such announcement and the tests are the "gold standard" for COVID-19 diagnosis, while another said a requested change in authorization cited in some posts was not due to poor...

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    Video Of Women Thrashing 'Casting Couch' Accused Viral With Fake Claim

    A disturbing video showing a group of women beat up a man while he is being dragged around is viral on social media with false claim linking the man to the Bharatiya Janata Party. BOOM found out that the incident shown in the video is from Thane, Maharashtra, and the man being beaten up is not a BJP member. We also spoke to Kasarvadavali police in Thane who denied any...

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    If Phone Is Hacked, Then Why No Criminal Case Filed: SC On Pegasus Row

    The Supreme Court observed that even though the allegations pertaining to the use of the Pegasus spyware were serious in nature, no attempts have been made by any of the affected persons to file a criminal complaint before coming to court. The bench led by Chief Justice of India NV Ramana and Justice Surya Kant heard all nine pleas in detail and directed the petitioners to...

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    Pegasus Project: Read About the Nine Pleas Filed In The Supreme Court

    After the ruckus in the Parliament, the stand-off between the government and the opposition over the Pegasus issue has now moved to the Supreme Court. The top court today will hear at least nine petitions seeking a probe in the alleged use of Pegasus spyware on sitting supreme court judges (since retired) and staff of the top court registry, opposition members, civil liberties...

    • 15 hrs ago
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    Internet Shutdown Data Not Centrally Maintained: Govt To Lok Sabha

    Data on internet shutdowns in the country is not centrally maintained, as police and public order are state subjects, the government told Lok Sabha in a written reply on Wednesday. However, as the Delhi Police comes under Ministry of Home Affairs, permissions granted to them for internet shutdowns is maintained by the government. Further, the same reply says that the government...

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    Poster Saying 'Brahmins Are Foreigners, Their Homes Have ACs' Is Morphed

    An image of a morphed placard with 'Brahmins are foreigners, they have ACs in their homes' is viral on social media with various misleading claims. BOOM found that the text on the poster has been edited and the image with the original poster has been on internet since 2018. Little Girl Doing Somersaults At Stunning Speed Is Not From India The image is viral in the...

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