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    Trey Parker Has Not Quit Voicing South Park's Mr. Hankey Due To BLM

    A purported news article has been shared multiple times on Facebook that states South Park co-creator Trey Parker has "stepped down" from playing the role of "Mr. Hankey, the Christmas poo" following a race row. But the claim was originally shared as satire: the report was doctored from an article published by US broadcaster CNN, who confirmed to AFP that the...

    • yesterday
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    Has Pfizer Upgraded Its COVID-19 Vaccine To Add Microsoft Chip?

    Facebook posts shared repeatedly by social media users worldwide claim that Pfizer has announced an "upgrade" to its COVID-19 vaccine that includes a "Microsoft chip for reduced symptoms". The claim is false: the article originated on a satirical website. A search of both Pfizer and Microsoft's media releases found neither company has announced an...

    • yesterday
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    Posts Falsely Claim 3,005 People Have Died Due To COVID-19 Vaccine In US

    Social media posts claim there have been 3,005 "Covid vaccine deaths" since December 1, 2020. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says it has received that many reports of deaths among people who took a COVID-19 vaccine, but found no evidence of the immunizations contributing to the fatalities. Tucker Carlson Misleadingly Links COVID-19...

    • yesterday
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    Does Getting Out Of Bed Too Quickly Increase Chances Of Stroke?

    Multiple Facebook posts have shared a purported health notice that warns people who get out of bed "too quickly" are likely to suffer a stroke. The claim is misleading: health experts said the warning was "not true" for healthy people who have no underlying medical conditions. The purported health notice was posted on Facebook on March 9, 2021. The post has been...

    • yesterday
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    George Floyd, Justice And The Long Misinformation Campaign

    On Tuesday, as a Minnesota jury convicted former police officer Derek Chauvin of second-degree murder for the killing of George Floyd on May 26, 2020, social media erupted in joy. It's been less than a year after Chauvin, who is white, pinned the 46-year-old Black man down with a knee to his neck last May. Soon after the verdict, Americans celebrated-- honked car horns and streamed...

    • 2 days ago
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    No, Foot Locker Did Not Donate $200 Million To Black Lives Matter

    Posts shared across social media say that athletic retailer Foot Locker donated $200 million to Black Lives Matter, yet saw their stores looted by the organization in Minneapolis, amid protests after the fatal shooting of Daunte Wright. But both Foot Locker and BLM confirmed to AFP that the sportswear company did not make a donation to the organization. "Foot Locker...

    • 3 days ago
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    Door To Door COVID-19 Vaccination Offered In Ontario Is Voluntary

    Social media posts claim that medical authorities are going door-to-door to force people to get COVID-19 vaccines in Ontario. This is false; vaccination is not mandatory in Canada, and public health experts say mobile clinics have been set up in Ontario to reach mostly older people in densely populated, high-risk neighborhoods who otherwise might have difficulties accessing the...

    • 3 days ago
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    COVID-19 Vaccines Do Not Cause Erectile Dysfunction

    Posts claiming that COVID-19 vaccinations are causing erectile dysfunction in men have been circulating widely on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter in Indonesia. The claim is false: vaccine manufacturers say there are no documented instances of COVID-19 vaccinations causing male impotence; experts told AFP that erectile dysfunction is most often caused by psychological not physical issues. This...

    • 3 days ago
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    'Amen' Is Not Derived From The Egyptian God Amun Ra

    Facebook posts claim the word "amen" is derived from the ancient Egyptian god Amun Ra. This is false; experts say the common ending to prayers has Hebrew origins -- not Egyptian. "AMEN = AMUN RA," says text above an image of a painting in an April 6, 2021 Facebook post. Viral Image Falsely Shared As Prophet Mohammed's Tomb "Above is a painting of Amun Ra, one of...

    • 5 days ago
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    Was A Pilgrim Shot Dead In Mecca's Grand Mosque? A Fact Check

    A video has circulated online in Pakistan in 2021 alongside a claim it shows police at Mecca's Grand Mosque, Islam's holiest site, shooting dead a Saudi dissident. The claim is false: the man was arrested after he wielded a knife and shouted support for "terrorist" groups, police told state media. The video was shared in this Facebook post viewed more than 600,000 times...

    • 5 days ago

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