The Latest Fact Checks from the International Fact Checking Network (IFCN) 04/13/2020

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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 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

CLAIM: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, effective immediately, Walmart is adopting a staggered shopping schedule based on age.

AP Fact Check rating: False

NOT REAL NEWS: A week of false news around the coronavirus

Claim: Do Big Pharma, Dr. Anthony Fauci and Bill Gates want to ban hydroxychoroquine?

Lead Stories Rating: False

Fact Check: No ‘Deep State’ Operators Trying To Ban Hydroxychloroquine

Claim by Trump: “Initially speaking, the tests were old, obsolete, and not really prepared. We have a brand-new testing system that we developed very quickly, and that’s your result.” — news briefing on April 6.

AP Fact Check rating: False

AP FACT CHECK: Trump attacks govt watchdogs on false grounds

Claim by Natural News: “Coronavirus pandemic would likely not be nearly as bad if 5G exposure/radiation pollution wasn’t already compromising the structure and function of hemoglobin cells.”

Health Feedback rating: Incorrect

Conspiracy theorists claim that 5G increases vulnerability to COVID-19 with baseless theory that it affects hemoglobin

(International) Claim: UK social media users have shared a photo of a radiation warning sign which is described in text alongside as being a “warning message on a 5g mast” (here).

Reuters Fact Check (UK) rating: False

False claim: hazard sign warns of radiation from 5G mast

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