The Latest Fact Checks from the International Fact Checking Network (IFCN) 04/05/2020

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 Leaders for a Better Community: Says Deputy Comptroller Aycha Sawa “blocked an audit” of the Milwaukee lead program for three years that “put our children in danger” and spurred a criminal investigation.

Politifact rating: Pants on Fire

Attack ads in Milwaukee comptroller race exaggerate, mislead

Claim: Social media users have been sharing content online that claims that recovered COVID-19 patients can donate plasma at the Mount Sinai Hospital to help transfer “antibodies into critically ill patients” currently combatting the virus

Reuters Fact Check rating: True

True claim: New York City hospital asks recovered COVID-19 patients for blood donations to help the sick

Claim: A viral video claims that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Jan. 31 tweet criticized the Trump administration’s restriction on travelers from China to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. rating: False

Video Misconstrues Pelosi Tweet on ‘un-American Travel Ban’

Claim: An article shared on Facebook claims former President Jimmy Carter recently endorsed Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders for president.

Check Your Fact rating: False


Claim: “Deforestation has made humans more vulnerable to pandemics”

Climate Feedback rating: Mostly Accurate

Deforestation can facilitate the emergence and spread of some infectious diseases

(International) Claim: Numerous conspiracy theories, shared on and off social media, allege that 5G mobile networks are the cause of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

AFP Fact Check (France) rating: False

Experts dismiss claims that 5G wireless technology created the novel coronavirus

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