The Latest Fact Checks from the International Fact Checking Network (IFCN) 04/14/2020

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 via Social Media: “Same little boy died of COVID-19 in three different countries. Still don’t believe the media is #fakenews?”

Politifact rating: Pants on Fire

Doctored images in coronavirus post exploit boy’s suicide

Claim via Social Media: Did 15 of the deadliest pandemics in global history originate in China?

Lead Stories rating: False

Fact Check: 15 Global Pandemics Did NOT All Originate In China

Claim by Bernie Sanders: “It has been estimated that only 12% of workers in businesses that are likely to stay open during this crisis are receiving paid sick leave benefits as a result of the second coronavirus relief package.”

Politifact rating: Mostly True

In coronavirus relief effort, Congress fell short on paid sick leave

Claim by Occupy Democrats: Did President Trump refer to the novel coronavirus as a “hoax” or a “political conspiracy”?

Lead Stories rating: False

Fact Check: Trump Did NOT Call Coronavirus A ‘Hoax’ Or ‘Political Conspiracy’

Claim: Because of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, the unemployed now receive $24 an hour from the federal government.

USA Today Fact Check rating: Mostly False

Fact check: Under the CARES Act, some unemployed Americans will make $24 an hour, not all

(International) Claim: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram posts shared thousands of times show a video of crowds at a music event. Comments say the footage shows the “last gay conference” in Italy before the coronavirus outbreak.

AFP Fact Check (Italy) rating: False

This video shows a Brazil carnival in 2018, not a party in Italy

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