The Latest Fact Checks from the International Fact Checking Network (IFCN) 04/20/2020

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 Bloggers: “Church services can’t resume until we’re all vaccinated, says Bill Gates.”

Politifact rating: False

No, Bill Gates didn’t say no church services until everyone is vaccinated

CLAIM: Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer banned hydroxychloroquine for use against COVID-19.

AP Fact Check rating: False

NOT REAL NEWS: More falsehoods around the novel coronavirus

Claim via Viral Image: Says 44 senators “voted NOT to send stimulus checks.”

Politifact rating: False

The Senate voted unanimously in favor of the stimulus bill, despite claim 44 opposed

Claim: National guidelines for reporting COVID-19 deaths will lead to inflated statistics because they allow officials to assume a person had the disease without testing 

USA Today Fact Check rating: False

Fact check: Is US coronavirus death toll inflated? Experts agree it’s likely the opposite

Claim by Trump: “Biden/Obama were a disaster in handling the H1N1 Swine Flu. Polling at the time showed disastrous approval numbers. 17,000 people died unnecessarily and through incompetence! Also, don’t forget their 5 Billion Dollar Obamacare website that should have cost close to nothing!”

Lead Stories rating: False

Fact Check: Trump Tweet On Swine Flu Death Toll and Obamacare Website Is Misleading

(International: Pakistan) Claim:  Pakistani journalist Moeed Peerzada, who has over 2 million followers on Twitter, shared a video showing a navy ship coming dangerously close to another, the former ramming into the latter and sailing past, saying, “Pakistan Navy intercepts and rams Indian ship in Arabian Sea?”

Times of India rating: False

FACT CHECK: Did a Pakistan Navy ship intercept, damage an Indian ship recently?

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