The Latest Fact Checks from the International Fact Checking Network (IFCN) 02/10/2020

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: Says the Chinese Communist Party “will finally admit that the real source of the coronavirus is from ‘a lab in Wuhan’ linked to its covert biological weapon programs.”

PolitiFact rating: False

No evidence that Chinese officials will say coronavirus was leaked from a lab

Claim by Facebook posts: Says the Democratic Party “took Social Security from the independent ‘Trust Fund’ and put it into the general fund so that Congress could spend it” and “eliminated the income tax deduction for Social Security (FICA) withholding.”

PolitiFact rating: False

Two-pronged attack on Democrats over Social Security wrong on both counts

Claim by Joe Biden: Sen. Bernie Sanders “voted to give the gun manufacturers … a loophole that does not allow them to be sued for the crimes they have created.”
 rating: Not the Whole Story

Claim by Facebook posts: Says John F. Kennedy “smoked cannabis in the White House, while president, because he suffered from severe back pain and Addison’s disease.”

PolitiFact rating: Mostly False

Evidence lacking that President John F. Kennedy smoked marijuana in the White House due to ailments

Claim by Donald Trump: “Years of economic decay are over” because Trump “reversed the failed economic policies of the previous administration.”

PolitiFact rating: False


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Claim by Twitter users: Wuhans citizens are shouting due to the fear of Coronavirus

Claim by Columnist Tarek Fatah: Video of Muslims shouting communal slogans in Delhi

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