The Latest Fact Checks from the International Fact Checking Network (IFCN) 03/17/2020

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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 Donald Trump: “If you go back and look at the swine flu, and what happened with the swine flu … and how actually nothing was done for such a long period of time, as people were dying all over the place.” rating: False

Trump’s H1N1 Swine Flu Pandemic Spin

CLAIM: Billionaire philanthropist George Soros owns Smartmatic voting machines. Don’t throw your vote away if you live in a state that uses them. Ask for a paper ballot. Under federal law the polling place must provide one.

AP Fact Check rating: False

NOT REAL NEWS: Falsehoods around the virus and politics

Claim via Social Media: An image shared on Facebook more than 11,000 times claims the mansion pictured belongs to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Check Your Fact rating: False


Claim by TRUMP: “If an American is coming back or anybody is coming back, we’re testing. We have a tremendous testing setup where people coming in have to be tested. … We’re not putting them on planes if it shows positive, but if they do come here, we’re quarantining. There’s going to be a pretty strong enforcement of quarantine.”

AP Fact Check rating: False

AP FACT CHECK: Trump, American exceptionalism and the virus

Claim by American Thinker: “Sea level rise has been slow and a constant, pre-dating industrialization”

Science Feedback rating: Inaccurate

Sea levels rose faster in the past century than in previous time periods

International Fact Checks

Claim by Multiple sources: An employer posts a coronavirus warning to employees but covers up the part about ‘staying home when sick’


Claim: Washing hands with soap kills coronavirus

Claim by US radio personality Rush Limbaugh: The novel Coronavirus is like the common cold stated on the Rush Limbaugh show.


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