The Latest Fact Checks from Around the World
- Ashwagandha supplements might reduce stress and improve other parts of life – but it’s too early to sayby Kirsten Cosser on May 17, 2022 at 12:52 pm
A quick internet search yields scores of adverts for supplements containing ashwagandha. But is the plant all it's made out to be?
- Ruto on the campaign trail: Grading some of Kenyan deputy president claims about his record in officeby Africa Check on May 17, 2022 at 12:51 pm
William Ruto hopes to be president come August 2022. We fact-checked some of the claims he’s made on the campaign trail.
- Do more than half of Nigerians have Covid-19 antibodies, as newspaper claimed? Study didn’t quite say thatby Allwell Okpi on May 17, 2022 at 12:49 pm
An analysis by Nigeria’s Guardian newspaper said over 50% of the country’s people have been exposed to the Covid-19 virus and survived.
- Did WaPo Publish, ‘This Dog is the New Face of Online Homophobia’?by Nur Ibrahim on May 17, 2022 at 12:33 pm
Another internet meme gets taken too seriously.
- Post claiming the Pfizer vaccine has only a 12% efficacy rate is inaccurateon May 17, 2022 at 12:32 pm
A Facebook post has claimed that new documents released by Pfizer show that its Covid-19 vaccine has only a 12% efficacy rate, caused an “alarming amount of still births and deaths in pregnant women”, and is not recommended by the manufacturer for pregnant or breastfeeding women. These claims […]
- Biden Offering Additional 8 Free COVID-19 Tests to Publicby AP News on May 17, 2022 at 12:16 pm
The government website for people to request free COVID-19 at-home tests from the U.S. government is now accepting a third round of orders.
- Fact Check: Actor Morgan Freeman Did NOT Tweet That Whiteness 'Is A Disease' -- It's Another Morgan Freemanby Christiana Dillard on May 17, 2022 at 12:11 pm
Did actor Morgan Freeman tweet that whiteness "is a disease"? No, that's not true: That tweet was made by a film director also named Morgan Freeman, who professionally goes by Morgan J. Freeman. Additionally, there are no tweets on actor...
- The UN doesn’t have a plan to abolish private land ownershipon May 17, 2022 at 12:04 pm
A Facebook video, which has been viewed more than 100,000 times, falsely claims that the United Nations’ Agenda 21 programme aims to achieve “total collectivism”, meaning that people “can't have private property”. This isn’t what Agenda 21 means at all. What is this video? The video […]
- Pills can be used to "reverse" an abortion.by Rachel Muller Heyndyk on May 17, 2022 at 11:56 am
Medical experts have said that there is no evidence that these drugs are fit for use. It is not scientifically possible to reverse a termination.
- The CEO of Pepsi was recorded saying that he'd never let his family touch any of the company's products.by Laura Vitelli on May 17, 2022 at 11:55 am
This claim is false, and likely based on a misreading of an interview given by the former PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi in the New York Times.
- Were Australian Lawmakers Considering Ban on People Growing Food?by Dan Evon on May 17, 2022 at 11:40 am
This claim is just the latest wrinkle in an oft-debunked conspiracy theory.
- Green levy costs do not make up 25% of energy billson May 17, 2022 at 11:31 am
"We need to get rid of the green levies, that are 25% of our energy bills." Robert Halfon MP, 12 May 2022. During an appearance on Radio 4’s Today programme on 12 May, Conservative MP Robert Halfon wrongly claimed that green levies account for 25% of energy bills while arguing that they should be […]
- Our American Century - Senate hopeful Kathy Barnette criticized Trump until he won 2016 nomination, then became a supporteron May 17, 2022 at 11:30 am
Kathy Barnette "pretends she's America First, but repeatedly attacked President Trump."
- German Prosecutors Seek 5 Years for Alleged Ex-Nazi Guardby AP News on May 17, 2022 at 11:13 am
German prosecutors sought a five-year prison sentence for a 101-year-old man who is on trial for his alleged role as a Nazi SS guard at a concentration camp during World War II.
- Government minister made misleading claim about employment figureson May 17, 2022 at 11:11 am
"We're seeing more people in work, even than we saw before Covid." Brandon Lewis MP, 17 May 2022. During appearances on Sky News and BBC Breakfast this morning Northern Ireland secretary Brandon Lewis claimed that more people are currently in work in the UK than before the pandemic. This is false, […]
- No, pharmaceutical company VP not arrested and coronavirus vaccine not experimentalby Taryn Khourie on May 17, 2022 at 10:48 am
A number of social media posts
- No, Ukraine isn’t using cats to spot Russian sniper lasersby Amelia Fox on May 17, 2022 at 10:36 am
The internet is full of cute cat content ― cats wearing funny outfits, cat memes, cats chasing lasers, and of course, everyone loves a good “cat-does-incredible-thing” story. However, not everything The post No, Ukraine isn’t using cats to spot Russian sniper lasers appeared first on […]
- White House Moves to Loosen Remittance, Flight Rules on Cubaby AP News on May 17, 2022 at 10:24 am
The State Department said in a statement that it will remove the current $1,000-per-quarter limit on family remittances and will allow non-family remittance, which will support independent Cuban entrepreneurs.
- BlackRock doesn’t own 75% of Ancestryon May 17, 2022 at 9:44 am
A Facebook post has claimed that the investment management firm BlackRock owns 75% of the genealogy company Ancestry. This isn’t true. Ancestry is actually owned by another investment management firm called Blackstone. Ancestry was acquired back in 2020 We can see where the confusion might come […]
- Big Cross-Border Tunnel Found Linking Tijuana, San Diegoby AP News on May 17, 2022 at 9:15 am
The secret passage from Tijuana to San Diego featured rail and ventilation systems, electricity and reinforced walls.
- A video shows a Hindu police officer faking an injury to incite violence against Muslims in Jodhpur.by Ranjini on May 17, 2022 at 8:12 am
ASI Dhannaram of Jodhpur has filed a First Investigation Report against unidentified persons for injuries sustained during a stone-pelting incident.
- Ukraine Working to Pull Last Fighters from Mariupol Millby AP News on May 17, 2022 at 8:01 am
Russia called the operation a mass surrender. The Ukrainians avoided using that word — but said the garrison had completed its mission.
- Claims that photos of the Buffalo shooting suspect show crisis actors are unfoundedby Ciara O'Rourke on May 17, 2022 at 5:55 am
Authorities have identified 18-year-old Payton Gendron as the suspect in a May 14 massacre at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York, that left 10 people dead and others injured. The post Claims that photos of the Buffalo shooting suspect show crisis actors are unfounded appeared first on Poynter.
- Stern magazine featured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on its cover with the title "King of Lies."by Annie on May 17, 2022 at 5:19 am
Stern magazine's March 2022 cover featuring Zelenskyy with the title "King of Lies'' is digitally altered. The original cover says "Hero of Freedom."
- Tom Nelson - Re-crossings at the border not the only factor in ongoing border crisison May 17, 2022 at 2:20 am
“Title 42 has fueled the border crisis. In 2019, 7 percent of illegal border crossings were repeated crossings. Today the rate is 27 percent.”