The Latest Fact Checks from the International Fact Checking Network (IFCN) 02/18/2020

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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: Says Elizabeth Warren, asked about the Mollie Tibbetts murder, said “I know this is hard for her family, but they have to remember that we need to focus on real problems, like illegal immigrants not being able to see their kids.”

PolitiFact rating: Pants on Fire

Facebook post invents false Warren quote on immigration and Tibbetts murder

Claim: Did Ben Carson, the Housing and Urban Development Secretary, offer to do brain surgery on U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters?

Lead Stories rating: False

Fake News: Ben Carson Did NOT Offer to Perform ‘Much Needed’ Brain Surgery On Maxine Waters
Claim by Bloggers: “Colorado school forces students to wear hijabs.”

PolitiFact rating: False

No, a Colorado school didn’t force students to wear Muslim veils

Claim: Photo of five teens standing against a wall shows Sen. Bernie Sanders at Stonewall in 1969.

AP Fact Check rating: False

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Claim by Viral image: Bill Murray said, “So if we lie to the government, it’s a felony. But if they lie to us it’s politics.”

PolitiFact rating: False

No evidence Bill Murray said this about lawmakers lying

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Claim by Social Media: Student Injured In Jamia Shooting Seen In CCTV Footage

Claim by Facebook: Police arrested 63 madrasa children in Raja Bazar, Kolkata

Claim by Multiple sources: Non-Muslim Chinese perform a Friday prayer due to the novel coronavirus outbreak

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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