The Latest Fact Checks from the International Fact Checking Network (IFCN) 04/26/2020

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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 via Social Media: Did President Trump urge people to ingest or inject disinfectants as a treatment for coronavirus?

Lead Stories rating: False

Fact Check: Trump Did NOT Urge People To Inject Disinfectants To Thwart Coronavirus

Claim by Brian Westrate: “The Confederacy was more about states’ rights than slavery.”

PolitiFact rating: Pants on Fire

Wis. GOP official’s claim that ‘Confederacy was more about states’ rights than slavery’ combusts

Claim: Did PBS donate coronavirus stimulus money to the Democratic Party?

USA Today Fact Check rating: False

Fact check: Did PBS donate coronavirus stimulus money to the Democratic Party?

Claim via Social Media: Did President Trump announce that the “biological” lab in Wuhan where the “COVID-19 virus was created” was “funded” by President Barack Hussein Obama?

Lead Stories rating: False

Fact Check: Trump Did NOT Announce The ‘Biological’ lab In Wuhan Was ‘Funded’ By Obama

Claim on Facebook: During the 1918 flu pandemic, San Francisco residents formed the “Anti-Mask League.” San Francisco “was ultimately one of the cities that suffered the most with a high death rate.”

PolitiFact rating: Mostly True

Yes, San Francisco residents formed Anti-Mask League during 1918 flu

(International: Turkey) Claim: Three blue check marks on WhatsApp mean that messages are read by governments.

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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