The Latest Fact Checks from the International Fact Checking Network (IFCN) 02/23/2020

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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 Facebook posts and Charlie Kirk: “Bernie Sanders wants free health care for all and was asked how he would pay for it. His answer was raise taxes to 52% on anybody making over $29,000 per year.”

PolitiFact rating: False

Viral post criticizes Bernie Sanders’ ‘math’ on health care, taxes. It’s wrong

Claim: Does a viral photo show U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar without a head scarf?

Lead Stories rating: False

Fake News: A Viral Image Does NOT Show Rep. Ilhan Omar Without A Head Scarf

Claim by Bloggers: Says Melania Trump lied under oath in 2013 about graduating from college with a bachelor’s degree in architecture.

PolitiFact rating: Mostly True

Claim ‘busts’ Melania Trump for touting false credentials

Claim by Donald Trump: “We will not be touching your Social Security or Medicare in Fiscal 2021 Budget.”

FactCheck.org rating: Spins the Facts

Competing Claims on Trump’s Budget and Seniors

Claim by Facebook post: After pushing through a red flag law in the New Mexico Senate, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham “has had the firearms of her guards and household seized.”

PolitiFact rating: False

No guns seized at home of New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham

International Fact Checks

Claim by Multiple sources: Recent image showing a suspect of chemical gassing almost set ablaze

AFP Fact Check rating: False

Claim by Multiple sources: Troops surround Zambian opposition leader’s home

Claim by News18 India: Injured Jamia Student And Student Seen In CCTV Footage Are The Same

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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