The Latest Fact Checks from the International Fact Checking Network (IFCN) 02/11/2020


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 Free Thought Project: “State Forces Citizens to Pay for ‘Stargazing Permit’ to View Night Sky in Public Parks”

PolitiFact rating: Mostly False

New York’s longtime stargazing permit draws new attention

Claim in Michael Bloomberg Ad: “2,900 children die from gun violence every year.”

Check your fact rating: False


Claim by Bloggers: Says with his guilty impeachment vote, Senator Mitt Romney “could be removed from office.”

PolitiFact rating: False

Headline falsely claims Mitt Romney could be removed from office over impeachment vote

Claim on Social Media: Was a young Pete Buttigieg arrested for dog slayings in 1998?

Lead Stories Rating: False

Fake News: Pete Buttigieg Was NOT Arrested In 1998 For Dog Slayings

Claim by Viral image: Joe Biden’s campaign told an Iowa library where Jill Biden was holding an event “to remove the American flag as they did not want to say the pledge of allegiance.”

PolitiFact rating: False

Biden’s campaign moved a flag for an event, but not to avoid pledging allegiance

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Claim by Multiple sources: Novel coronavirus case discovered in Hurstville suburb of Sydney, Australia

Claim: One in seven children aged seven to nine gets less than 15 minutes a week reading time with their parents.

Claim by Social Media: Broiler Chicken causes Coronavirus

Disclaimer: We are providing links to fact checks by the IFCN. If you do not agree with a fact check, please directly contact the source of that fact check

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