The Latest Fact Checks from the International Fact Checking Network (IFCN) 8/07/2019


The code of principles of the International Fact-Checking Network IFCN at Poynter is a series of commitments organizations abide by to promote excellence in fact-checking. The following fact checks come from IFCN fact checkers. (D. Van Zandt)

Claim by Facebook posts: “(The New York Post) just CHANGED the identity of the El Paso shooter and nobody freaking noticed.”

Claim by Beto O’Rourke: Says of El Paso that some years, “in a city of almost 700,000, we had five murders the entire year. Our average over the last 10 years is 18 (murders per year). We exceeded that average just on one day” after a gunman opened fire at a Walmart in the city.

 rating: True

Claim by multiple sources: All crime will be legal in Hong Kong for 12 hours

Claim by Facebook posts: “All of these mass shooters were on psychotropic drugs but I don’t hear anyone calling for stronger prescription control.”

 rating: No proof drugs fuel shootings

Claim by Viral Quote: Claims Charles Darwin said, “In the struggle for survival, the fittest win out at the expense of their rivals because they succeed in adapting themselves best to their environment.”

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