The Latest Fact Checks from the International Fact Checking Network (IFCN) 03/19/2020

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 Social media posts: “Illinois station broadcasts the pre-rigged election results day before the election (Biden 50% Bernie 45%) #ElectionFraud.” rating: False

Video Doesn’t Show ‘#ElectionFraud’ in Illinois

Claim: Do anti-inflammatories aggravate coronavirus infection?

Lead Stories rating: Valid Concern

Fact Check: WHO Is Looking Into Concerns About Anti-Inflammatories With Coronavirus

Claim by Donald Trump: The WHO coronavirus test “was a bad test.”

PolitiFact rating: False

Donald Trump falsely says WHO coronavirus test ‘was a bad test’

Claim via Social Media: A viral Facebook post shared more than 65,000 times claims an MSNBC reporter said on-air, “I hope enough people die from CoronaVirus that it harms Trump’s re-election.”

Check Your Fact rating: False


Claim by Facebook posts: COVID-19 came to the United States in 2019.

PolitiFact rating: False

No evidence Americans were infected with COVID-19 in the fall

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Claim by Social Media page in Australia: Image shows a well-stocked vegan food shelf, while other food items are cleared out, amid a round of panic buying during the novel Coronavirus epidemic.

Claim by A Facebook user: A Facebook post from March 10, 2020 claims that drinking water regularly will kill COVID-19.

Australian Associated Press rating: False

Claim by Renee Lynn, Akash RSS, social media users: Video of a Hindu priest beaten for getting inside their train coach with majority Christians

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