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Released: 20-May-2022 4:05 PM EDT
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has jeopardized food supplies, despite Russian Foreign Minister's claim

Russia's invasion of Ukraine is disrupting food supply chains and causing food shortages worldwide, particularly in the Middle East.

Released: 13-May-2022 1:30 PM EDT
Bill Gates-backed artificial breast milk company is not responsible for the baby formula shortage

There’s no evidence that an investment in BIOMILQ – a startup that makes artificial breast milk has anything to do with the baby formula shortage. The shortage is caused by supply chain problems and a recall of formula owned by Abbott Nutrition.

Released: 6-May-2022 2:05 PM EDT
The newly released Pfizer documents do not show that their COVID-19 vaccine is unsafe

Pfizer has NOT declared their COVID vaccines unsafe for pregnancy and breastfeeding women, despite misleading claims on social media, nor have they said that the real efficacy rate for their vaccine (COMIRNATY) is 12 percent.

Released: 29-Apr-2022 12:00 PM EDT
Elon Musk's Political Spectrum Meme Is Not Quite Accurate

Musk's meme suggests conservatives haven't really changed. However, according to research, Republicans have moved further to the right than Democrats have to the left.

Released: 15-Apr-2022 11:25 AM EDT
Alabama Gov. Ivey's 'stolen election' claim in a campaign ad is still unfounded

In a reelection campaign ad, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, claimed without proof, that the 2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump. There is still no evidence of election fraud.

Released: 8-Apr-2022 9:00 AM EDT
Deceptive Cuts Show Biden Out of Context, Not Evidence of Mental Decline

Pattern of clips taken out of context to create the implication that president is unfit for office

Released: 5-Apr-2022 12:55 PM EDT
Prehistoric changes in climate do not disprove current climate science

The conclusion that climate change is natural, therefore humans have nothing to do with it, or that we shouldn't do anything about it, is misleading.

Released: 25-Mar-2022 2:05 PM EDT
Yes, microplastics have been found in human blood

An article says that microplastics have been found in human blood for the first time. We rate this claim as true, although more studies are needed to determine if these substances in humans are associated with a public health risk.

Released: 17-Mar-2022 12:05 PM EDT
Conspiracists Push Baseless Story of US-Backed Bioweapons in Ukraine

Certain media outlets and social media posts are making the claim that the United States has established several biolabs in Ukraine, inferring that they contain dangerous bioweapons. We find this claim to be false. The U.S. does not fund bioweapons research in Ukraine. It has only supported preventative public health measures to contain infectious diseases, and prevention of bioweapon proliferation.

Released: 11-Mar-2022 8:05 AM EST
When it comes to masks, the claim that they do nothing is entirely false

Political commentator and radio host Clay Travis expressed his disdain for the federal mask mandates for travel on commercial airlines. We rate the claim that "masks do nothing" as false. It has been proven that masks have helped prevent the spread of SARS-COV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

Released: 4-Mar-2022 9:40 AM EST
Schumer's claim that only one percent of the oil imported to the U.S. is from Russia is not correct

During a press conference, a reporter asked Senate Majority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY, “What do you make of Senator Manchin’s proposal to have more domestic oil production?” Schumer answered, "the U.S. is a major oil producer; we only get one percent of any imports from Russia.” We find this claim to be mostly false. Although it fluctuates month to month, about 8% of the oil imported to the U.S. is from Russia.

Released: 23-Feb-2022 6:35 PM EST
The claim that 'Russia, throughout all of its history, has never attacked anyone' is false

The claim that "Russia, throughout all of its history, has never attacked anyone" is false.

Released: 15-Feb-2022 4:45 PM EST
Electric cars have a smaller carbon footprint than traditional cars, despite claim

We find the claim about the overall environmental impact of electric vehicles misleading.

Released: 9-Feb-2022 4:05 PM EST
The inference that a 40 percent increase in the death rate of Americans 18 to 64 is caused by vaccines is baseless

Conservative activist Charlie Kirk suggested that COVID-19 vaccines are contributing to higher mortality rates in the U.S. over the last few years.

Newswise: Misleading Reuters Article Further Muddies Ivermectin Debate, Wire Agency Issues Correction
Released: 1-Feb-2022 12:35 PM EST
Misleading Reuters Article Further Muddies Ivermectin Debate, Wire Agency Issues Correction

For several hours on Monday, January 31, 2022, a misleading article from news agency Reuters lead to many readers sharing the report on social media as conclusive evidence of ivermectin’s effectiveness against COVID-19, and proof of the alleged conspiracy of suppressed research to blame for the anti-parasite drug’s current lack of approval by the United States Food & Drug Administration.

Released: 28-Jan-2022 3:40 PM EST
DeSantis Falsely Claims FDA Pulled Monoclonal Antibodies Without Science to Support Decision

When the FDA announced it was no longer authorizing two COVID-19 monoclonal antibody drugs in the U.S., Governor DeSantis, along with a many Republicans objected, saying they did this without data. However, recent lab studies strongly suggest the treatments will not help omicron-infected people.

Released: 21-Jan-2022 3:05 PM EST
CDC Director was referring to vaccinated people when she mentioned 75% of COVID deaths were among those with at least four comorbidities

Welensky did not say 75% percent of all COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. had at least four comorbidities. The shared social media posts imply that deaths from COVID-19 are being over-counted. We find this claim to be misleading, having taken Walensky's interview out of context. It is clear from watching the full clip, Dr. Welensky was referring to the percentage of fully vaccinated people who died from COVID-19.

Released: 14-Jan-2022 2:05 PM EST
Pfizer CEO was referring to the omicron variant when he said that two doses of their vaccine offer "limited protection"

An interview with Pfizer CEO Bourla is being used as proof that the initial vaccinations were “a failure” or that the vaccine does not protect against COVID-19. We find claims that represent this interview as proof of vaccine failure are false and misleading. Bourla's comments were specific about Omicron.

Released: 7-Jan-2022 3:15 PM EST
There is evidence that the vaccines work against the Omicron variant to some degree, despite claim made by columnist

There is growing evidence that the currently available MRNA vaccines provide some protection against the Omicron variant (B.1.1.529) of the SARS-COV-2 virus, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. According to the CDC, preliminary results for Omicron from South Africa showed that the Pfizer vaccine provided 70% protection against COVID-19 hospitalization and 33% against infection, during the current Omicron wave. Granted, the protection is reduced compared with the Delta variant (93% for hospitalization and 80% for infection).

Released: 27-Dec-2021 1:05 PM EST
Vaccines have not killed "twice as many kids" as those that were killed by COVID

In a widely shared newsletter, Steve Kirsch, a man who promotes himself as an entrepreneur and technology expert, stated that "they've now killed close to twice as many kids from the vaccine as have died from COVID." He's also repeated this claim in an interview on The New American, a conservative news site. We find this claim false. There is no confirmed evidence of a COVID-19 vaccine causing the death of even one child.

Released: 20-Dec-2021 4:20 PM EST
To say "climate change applies to any change in the weather" is false

"Climate change applies to any change in the weather. If it rains, it's climate change, if there is a storm, it's climate change. Record snowfall? Climate change," says a widely shared tweet. We find this claim as false. Weather and climate are two different things.

Released: 17-Dec-2021 4:00 PM EST
Claim that masks trap dangerous levels of carbon dioxide is false

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends to wear a mask indoors to "reduce the spread of SARS-CoV-2, including alpha and delta variants, among adults and children." Several studies have proven the effectiveness of masks in limiting the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. However, this hasn't stopped some people from claiming that masks are hurting children that are forced to wear them in schools.

Released: 10-Dec-2021 4:05 PM EST
Headlines about a "concerning" asteroid that will "skim" Earth on Saturday are not giving us an accurate picture

"NASA says huge, 'potentially hazardous' asteroid will break into Earth's orbit next week" reads a headline from The Hill posted on December 1st. "ROCKY HORROR: Giant asteroid will skim Earth’s orbit tomorrow in hair-raising near miss" reads another headline posted on December 9th in The Sun (UK). These are some of the many headlines describing 4660 Nereus, an asteroid that is around 1,083-feet long (330-meter), will come within 2.4 million miles (3.9 million km) of Earth, still about 10 times farther away than the moon.

Released: 3-Dec-2021 3:45 PM EST
Claim that people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are global superspreaders of the new omicron variant is misleading

Kim Iversen, a popular political talk show host with over 27K followers on Twitter, claimed that people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are global superspreaders of the new omicron variant. “I can’t believe that after fully vaccinated travelers have been found to be the global spreaders of the omicron variant, we’re STILL talking about forcing people into being vaccinated,” she wrote on Twitter. We find this claim to be misleading. There is very little data on how the new variant is being spread.

Released: 24-Nov-2021 2:05 PM EST
The claim that "Greenland's ice sheet isn't shrinking any more rapidly today than it was 80 years ago" is false

Steven Koonin, former Undersecretary for Science in the Obama Administration says that the media is exaggerating the climate crisis. In a recent video for Prager U, Koonin offered several statements that address flooding, hurricanes and the melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet. We address the claim that "Greenland's ice sheet isn't shrinking any more rapidly today than it was 80 years ago." Our analysis: this claim is mostly false.

Released: 22-Nov-2021 9:00 AM EST
Success of ivermectin in preventing COVID-19 in India has not been proven

While cases appear to have fallen in Uttar Pradesh as well as most locations in India, it’s not clear why. Many other factors, including immunity from a previous infection, vaccination, and lockdowns, likely helped reduce the number of cases.

Released: 12-Nov-2021 3:45 PM EST
Austria will impose a nationwide lockdown for people who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19. Will it be the first country in the world to do so? Not entirely.

Austria will impose a nationwide lockdown for people who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19. Will it be the first country in the world to do so? Not entirely.

Released: 4-Nov-2021 8:50 AM EDT
Critical Race Theory (CRT) is not being taught in K-12 schools, but that didn't stop Virginia Governor-Elect Glenn Youngkin from vowing to ban it

"There is a significant effort to frame CRT as a Red Herring in the political race leading up to the 2022 election season. In order to protect the public interest of schooling and the credibility of the teaching profession, it’s really important for people to actually research the issues and learn from multiple, trust-worthy, and verified sources (not just social media or their immediate friend groups)," says Prof Rebecca Jacobsen of Michigan State University.

Released: 28-Oct-2021 4:50 PM EDT
Senator Tim Scott's claim that the IRS will monitor private bank accounts is not accurate
University of Maryland, Robert H. Smith School of Business

Based on the last version of the Biden plan, Tim Scott's comments were not entirely accurate. The only accounts that would be subject to the reporting requirement would be where the total deposits exceed $10,000 after taking out of the equation W-2 wages and government benefits, e.g., social security payments.

Released: 27-Oct-2021 3:00 PM EDT
The EcoHealth Alliance experiments have nothing to do with the COVID-19 pandemic

There is no evidence that Fauci knowingly gave false information when asked about the NIH funding of " gain-of-function research" when it comes to the coronavirus. In fact, the letter itself notes that the viruses used in the experiments are “decades removed from SARS-CoV-2 evolutionarily” and that they “could not have been the source of SARS-CoV-2.”

Released: 21-Oct-2021 8:50 AM EDT
It isn't accurate to talk about the supply chain problems we are facing in terms of "this administration" or "that administration"
University of California, Irvine

Supply chains problems were in existence for years before the start of Joe Biden's presidency. Prices of containers and pallets, and other myriad corporate choices, have led to the current crisis.

Released: 19-Oct-2021 5:05 PM EDT
The problems with supply chains did not just start when President Biden took office

In response to the continued supply chain woes people are feeling around the globe, Texas congressman Lance Gooden tweeted, "The United States didn't have a supply chain crisis until Joe Biden became president."

Released: 19-Oct-2021 5:05 PM EDT
The claim that supply chain problems started with the Biden presidency is off the mark
Northern Arizona University

Today's supply chain problems are the result of long-term changes to manufacturing and supply chain management and short-term issues related to COVID, the economy and governmental action.

Released: 12-Oct-2021 3:00 PM EDT
The claim that Southwest Airline cancellations are ‘a direct consequence’ of federal vaccine mandate is not supported

Tucker Carlson claimed the cancellation of thousands of flights by Southwest Airlines was “a direct consequence” of the Biden administration’s vaccination mandate for federal workers. Disruptions to Southwest flights began shortly after the airline’s pilots association asked a federal court to block the airline’s own vaccine mandate. The "vaccine mandate" issued by the Biden administration only pertains to Federal agencies, not privately owned corporations. The claim that the cancellations were due directly to a federal mandate on COVID-19 vaccinations is unsupported.

Released: 6-Oct-2021 3:30 PM EDT
The claim that questions the efficacy of the COVID vaccine by comparing it with the influenza vaccine is off the mark

A meme widely shared on Facebook shows a picture of Bill Gates holding a needle with his face painted like the supervillain “The Joker” and says, “Do you honestly believe that in 70 years of research and development we have a 40% effective flu shot but in 10 months a 95% effective Rona shot?” Comparing the efficacy of the vaccines suggest they both inoculate patients from the same virus. The viruses are different, and comparing the efficacy of the vaccines is misleading.

Released: 30-Sep-2021 2:15 PM EDT
Doctor who claims that there's a significant uptick in cancers in vaccinated people offers no supported evidence

An article published by LifeSiteNews claiming that an Idaho doctor observed a 20-fold increase in cancer occurring in people who had received the COVID-19 vaccine supports no evidence.

Released: 27-Sep-2021 12:05 PM EDT
Anonymous “Spartacus” COVID Letter Riddled with Misinformation, Baseless Claims about Global Conspiracy

In the early hours of Monday, September 27, 2021, an anonymous letter purporting to be from a health expert began trending on social media. The so-called “Spartacus” letter, posted here among other websites of questionable credibility, contains numerous baseless claims buried within over 40 pages of analysis which appears to have been carefully crafted to mask the dubious nature of the letter’s origin and the unfounded nature of many of the author’s allegations.

Released: 23-Sep-2021 12:45 PM EDT
Bolsonaro claims about his environmental protection record at the U.N. General Assembly meeting stretch the truth

President Bolsonaro of Brazil was the first head of state to address this year's UN General Assembly in New York. At one point of his speech, Bolsonaro spoke about the progress Brazil is making in terms of environmental conservation, particularly the Amazon rain forest. In his comments on the environment, we find his claim to be misleading.

Released: 15-Sep-2021 12:40 PM EDT
COVID-19 vaccines are effective at preventing asymptomatic infection
Clemson University

While it is true that the vaccines are effective at prevention of serious illness, many studies show that they are also effective at preventing asymptomatic infection. That is, vaccines are effective at preventing you from catching COVID-19, and therefore reduce the risk that you transmit to others.

Released: 15-Sep-2021 12:00 PM EDT
COVID vaccines do not impact male fertility, nor do they cause swollen testicles, as suggested by Niki Minaj

World-renown rap star Nicki Minaj tweeted about Covid-19 vaccination during the 2021 Met Gala (she did not attend since she is not vaccinated). She suggested that getting a COVID-19 vaccine will cause male impotence and swollen testicles.

Released: 14-Sep-2021 8:45 AM EDT
Florida Governor Makes Misleading Claim About COVID-19 Vaccine and Immunity
American Thoracic Society (ATS)

"These mandates, this is not about science," the Republican governor said during a press conference in Alachua County. "Because if it was about science, you would recognize the infection conferred immunity."

Released: 8-Sep-2021 5:00 PM EDT
The jury is still out on the effectiveness of ivermectin in treating COVID-19, despite claims that it works or that it's useless

Ivermectin is used to fight worms and other parasites in animals and humans. But some people are taking it to treat COVID-19, despite warnings from experts and poisonings tied to the drug.

Released: 1-Sep-2021 12:00 PM EDT
Contrary to Online Video's Claim, Masks Are Effective at Reducing the Spread of COVID-19

Dr. Julie Swann, A. Doug Allison Distinguished Professor and Department Head at NC State University debunks the claim that face masks can't block viruses such as COVID-19.

Released: 26-Aug-2021 1:45 PM EDT
Claim that the first COVID-19 vaccine that was approved by the FDA is somehow different than the "Pfizer vaccine" currently available is misleading

In the podcast and video show “War Room” hosted by Steve Bannon, Dr. Robert Malone claimed that the "mainstream media is lying" and suggested that the vaccine that was approved by the FDA is somehow different than the "Pfizer vaccine" currently available under emergency use authorization.

Released: 4-Aug-2021 4:00 PM EDT
CDC withdrawing its request for emergency use authorization for its COVID-19 PCR diagnostic test does not mean the test failed

Social media is now rife with claims about why the CDC is withdrawing its request for emergency use authorization for its COVID-19 PCR diagnostic test after December 2021.

Released: 7-Jul-2021 3:20 PM EDT
Study does not determine COVID vaccines kill 2 for every 3 they save

A study is misinterpreted to convey that the COVID vaccines kill 2 people for every three that are saved, despite the study being under serious scrutiny.

Released: 1-Jul-2021 3:05 PM EDT
The approved coronavirus vaccines do not contain metals and are not magnetic

All three coronavirus vaccines approved for emergency use in the United States are free from metals.

Released: 25-May-2021 3:00 PM EDT
Debunking the claim that vaccines cause new COVID-19 variants

In an interview in the French documentary "Hold-Up," Luc Montagnier, a French virologist and recipient of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Medicine for his discovery of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), claimed that Covid-19 vaccines are creating new variants in various parts of the world. He believes that the ongoing vaccinations across the world is an ”enormous mistake.” ”The history books will show that because it is the vaccination that is creating the variants.” Multiple French social media posts that have been shared by thousands have also claimed that COVID-19 vaccines are causing variants of the virus to emerge. We find these claims to be false. There is no evidence the vaccines are creating more variants.

Released: 21-May-2021 12:00 PM EDT
Are businesses violating HIPAA if they ask their patrons if they've been vaccinated? No.

As business rework their mask requirements such as lifting face mask requirements for customers who are vaccinated against COVID-19, questions about medical privacy are back in the spotlight. The question of whether it's okay to ask a maskless patron if they've been vaccinated has come into focus. Vaccine opponents, including members of the U.S. Congress, are once again claiming that the HIPAA federal privacy law protects individuals from being asked about their vaccination status. We find this claim to be false.

Released: 7-May-2021 1:40 PM EDT
There is no evidence that vaccines could cause harm to people who have recovered from COVID-19

An article published by Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s anti-vaccination organization and widely shared on social media questions the need of vaccinating those who’ve already recovered from COVID-19. The article says there’s a "potential risk of harm, including death" in getting the vaccines. We report this claim as false. There is no evidence that vaccinating people who had previously had COVID is resulting in an increased risk of adverse events.

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