The Latest Fact Checks from the International Fact Checking Network (IFCN) 02/12/2020


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 Natural News: Says “the coronavirus was engineered by scientists in a lab.”

PolitiFact rating: False

Health misinformation site promotes conspiracy about coronavirus

Claim by the Daily Beast: “a huge percentage of migrants and asylum seekers from El Salvador who were deported by the United States have been killed, raped or tortured after returning home.”

Check Your Fact rating: False


Claim by Committee to Defend the President: Says Mitt Romney voted against convicting President Donald Trump because Burisma board member Joseph Cofer Black “is Romney’s national security advisor” and because of ties to Obama CIA director John Brennan.

PolitiFact rating: False

Meme spreads dubious theory about why Mitt Romney voted to convict

Claim: Are New Hampshire Democrats encouraging out-of-state residents to commit voter fraud, telling nonresidents they can vote in New Hampshire and remain nonresidents?

Lead Stories rating: False

Fake News: New Hampshire Democrats Are NOT Encouraging Voter Fraud By Nonresidents

Claim by Facebook posts: Says Paul Walker was set to come forward to expose “Clinton Foundation crimes against children in Haiti” before he was killed.

PolitiFact rating: Pants on Fire

No evidence to support Paul Walker-Clinton conspiracy theory

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Claim by Facebook user “Sourav Mondal” and others: Coronavirus-infected chicken found in Bengaluru.

India Today
 rating: Mostly false

Claim by FINANCE MINISTER OF INDIA: India has moved up from rank 65 in 2014 to 34 in 2019 in the Travel & Tourism Competitive Index (World Economic Forum).
Claim by Multiple sources: China to euthanise 20,000 novel coronavirus patients

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