The Latest Fact Checks from the International Fact Checking Network (IFCN) 03/12/2020


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: An image shared on Facebook claims Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has mandated all schools and workplaces with 20 or more employees close for two weeks to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Check Your Fact rating: False


Claim by Republican National Committee: “Biden supports an end to the death penalty. Bernie wants to end the death penalty.”

PolitiFact rating: Biden and Sanders agree

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Claim: Poll shows 76 percent of Democrats say they would vote for a socialist for President

Reuters rating: True

True claim: Poll shows 76 percent of Democrats say they would vote for a socialist for President

Claim by Joe Biden: “[T]hey don’t even have a test kit [for COVID-19]. A test kit to determine whether or not someone has the disease.” rating: False

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Claim by SOCIAL MEDIA POST: While a person named ‘Anurag Mishra’ is involved in Jafrabad gun shootings on February 24th, some propagandists are sharing that the shooter name is ‘Sharukh’

Claim by Multiple sources: First coronavirus patient in South Africa is cured

Claim by Facebook pages: Video shows Muslim fruit seller in Lonavala coloring lychees artificially

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