The Latest Fact Checks from the International Fact Checking Network (IFCN) 02/29/2020

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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 Michael Bloomberg: “Mayor Bloomberg helped lower the number of uninsured by 40 percent, covering 700,000 more New Yorkers”

PolitiFact rating: True

Bloomberg highlights his efforts to connect New Yorkers to health insurance

Claim by Donald Trump: “The unemployment rate for women reached the lowest level in almost 70 years.”

PolitiFact rating: Correct back to 1953

PolitiFact

Claim: A viral post claims Congress rejected a $336 increase in monthly Social Security benefits but approved an $8,872 increase in its monthly salaries.

Check Your Fact rating: False

FACT CHECK: DID CONGRESS DENY A $336 INCREASE IN SOCIAL SECURITY BUT APPROVE AN $8,872 INCREASE IN ITS SALARIES?

Claim by Viral meme: Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders received only 3,444 votes in the Nevada caucuses.

FactCheck.org rating: False

Meme Miscounts Sanders’ Nevada Caucuses Win

Claim by Donald Trump: Says he enacted “historic and record-setting tax cuts.”

PolitiFact rating: False

PolitiFact

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Claim by Multiple sources: Photo of Muslim woman protesting against burqa in Sri Lanka

Claim by Social media users: Anurag Mishra’s photo shared claiming he is the Jafrabad shooter

Claim by Multiple Sources: China-made Holi festival decorations infected with novel 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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