The Latest Fact Checks from the International Fact Checking Network (IFCN) 01/31/2020

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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 Bloggers: “Obama’s lawyers officially admit birth certificate is fake.”

PolitiFact rating: Pants on Fire

Barack Obama’s lawyers didn’t admit his birth certificate is


Claim by InfoWars: “BILL AND MELINDA GATES FOUNDATION & OTHERS PREDICTED UP TO 65 MILLION DEATHS VIA CORONAVIRUS — IN SIMULATION RAN 3 MONTHS AGO!”

FactCheck.org rating: False

New Coronavirus Wasn’t ‘Predicted’ In Simulation


Claim by Pete Buttigieg: “More than 80% of Republicans think we ought to at least be doing universal background checks.”

PolitiFact rating: True

Buttigieg on point that majority of Republicans support background checks


Claim: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi diverted $2.4 billion from Social Security to pay impeachment costs.

Check Your Fact rating: False

FACT CHECK: DID NANCY PELOSI DIVERT $2.4 BILLION FROM SOCIAL SECURITY TO PAY FOR IMPEACHMENT?


Claim by Facebook posts: “Virginia Democrats Push Legislation to Make Criticism of Government Officials a Criminal Offense.”

PolitiFact rating: Pants on Fire

Claim that Virginia bill would make criticizing government officials a crime is Pants on Fire


International Fact Checks

Claim by Multiple sources: List of food and Australian suburbs contaminated by coronavirus

Claim by Multiple sources: Security guard’s actions led to gunman’s arrest from DNA sample extracted from sweat?

Claim by Multiple sources: Video of helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant

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