The Latest Fact Checks from the International Fact Checking Network (IFCN) 03/08/2020

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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 Social media posts: Posts claim that Sen. Chuck Schumer tweeted, “The premature travel ban to and from China by the current administration is just an excuse to further his ongoing war against immigrants. There must be a check and Balance on these restrictions.”

FactCheck.org rating: False

Social Posts Share Fake Schumer Tweet

Claim via Social Media: alleges that “every election year” has had a major disease outbreak. The claim lists the diseases SARS, Avian flu, Swine flu, MERS, Ebola, Zika, and the coronavirus, matching them up to the years 2004, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2020 (presumably meaning U.S. election years and some midterm election years)

Reuters rating: Mostly False

Partly false claim: “Every election year has a disease”

Claim by Donald Trump: “Pre-existing conditions, 100%, we take care of.”

PolitiFact rating: False

Fact-checking Donald Trump’s Fox News town hall in Scranton

Claim via Social Media: Did Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden formerly campaign with a grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan?

Lead Stories rating: False

Fact Check: Joe Biden Did NOT Campaign With Grand Wizard of KKK

Claim by Viral image: Says an image of a Vermont mansion is one of Bernie Sanders homes.

PolitiFact rating: False

Viral photo of $3 million Vermont estate is not owned by Bernie Sanders

International Fact Checks

Claim by Multiple sources: This report says Pope Francis tested positive for novel coronavirus

Claim by Multiple sources: Photo of a child injured during sectarian violence in Delhi

Claim by Social Media and WhatsApp users: Chinese have started to produce canned beef with dead bodies and send them to Africa.

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