The Latest Fact Checks from the International Fact Checking Network (IFCN) 03/04/2020


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 Joe Biden: Says Bernie Sanders “opposed Obamacare, didn’t like the fact we didn’t push a single-payer option.”

PolitiFact rating: Mostly False

Joe Biden leaves out key facts in claim that Bernie Sanders opposed Obamacare

Claim by Bloggers: Say Bernie Sanders “collaborated with Marxist regimes in the Soviet Union, Nicaragua and Cuba.”

PolitiFact rating: False

No, Bernie Sanders did not collaborate with Marxist regimes

Claim via Breitbart and Sign of the Times: “Scientists were caught ‘adjusting’ sea level data to create false impression of rising oceans”

Science Feedback rating: InaccurateSea levels have risen throughout the 20th century, contrary to claim in online articles
Claim by Facebook posts: Says the CDC recommends men shave their beards to protect against coronavirus.

PolitiFact rating: False

No, the CDC isn’t recommending men shave their beards to protect against the coronavirus

Claim by Committee to Defend the President: Says Obama said black people have the “worst jobs, the worst housing” and face rampant police brutality, “but when so-called black committeemen came around election time we’d all line up and vote the straight Democratic ticket, sell our souls for a Christmas turkey.”

PolitiFact rating: Pants on Fire

Pro-Trump Facebook ad takes text in Obama’s book wildly out of context

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Claim by Akintola Akinsola: Angry Ghana’s president orders arrest of foreign contractors

AFP Fact Check rating: False

Claim by Social Media: CLAIM: The photos show that some Chinese people have killed their pets because of the fear that they can spread the coronavirus.

Claim by Social Media users: A video shows scores of people from China escaping to Vietnam in order to avoid the deadly 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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