The Latest Fact Checks from the International Fact Checking Network (IFCN) 04/08/2020

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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 Donald Trump: “Now, they’re doing tests on airlines — very strong tests — for getting on, getting off. They’re doing tests on trains — getting on, getting off.”

Politifact rating: Pants on Fire

Donald Trump wrong about COVID-19 testing on airplanes, trains

Claim: Was a New York hospital “caught red handed” using dummies in coronavirus pandemic footage?

Lead Stories rating: False

Fact Check: Hospital NOT Caught Red-Handed using Dummies in Coronavirus Pandemic Footage

Claim via Viral Image: Photo shows a crowded New York City subway train during stay-at-home order.

Politifact rating: True

Image of overcrowded NYC subway car is real

Claim: Posts on social media claim that 3G was introduced in 2003, the same year as the SARS outbreak, 4G was introduced in 2009, the same year as the swine flu outbreak, and that 5G was introduced in 2020, the same year as the coronavirus outbreak.

Reuters Fact Check rating: False

False claim: 3G, 4G and 5G caused SARS, swine flu and the new coronavirus

Claim by Bloggers: Says celebrities are calling for a “‘total Hollywood strike’ until Trump resigns.”

Politifact rating: False

There’s still no evidence that Hollywood is striking because of Trump

(International) Claim: A poem about people self-isolating at home has been shared thousands of times on Facebook and Twitter in April 2020 alongside a claim that it was written in the 19th century and reprinted during the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic.

AFP Australia rating: False

This poem was written in 2020 specifically about the COVID-19 pandemic

Disclaimer: We are providing links to fact checks by the IFCN. If you do not agree with a fact check, please directly contact the source of that fact check.

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1 Comment on The Latest Fact Checks from the International Fact Checking Network (IFCN) 04/08/2020

  1. Rick arnett // April 10, 2020 at 12:12 am //

    Can you fact checking this. I think it twists the facts, cherry-picks and in some spots, is false. Circulating on FB
    https://www.patheos.com/blogs/progressivesecularhumanist/2020/04/trump-administration-using-relief-funds-to-bail-out-churches-pay-pastor-salaries/

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