The Latest Fact Checks from the International Fact Checking Network (IFCN) 04/29/2020

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: “Sweden has zero lockdown” and “is in no worse shape than Denmark or Norway,” which are in lockdown.

Politifact rating: Mostly False

Sweden, mostly open, has higher COVID-19 death rate than Denmark

Claim via Social Media: Did the media dupe the public by saying coronovirus killed the same man twice?

Lead Stories rating: False

Fact Check: The Media And COVID-19 Did NOT Kill The Same Man Twice

Claim by Zone News: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez compared Trump to Jesus, calling both “con artists.”

Politifact rating: Pants on Fire

Ocasio-Cortez didn’t call Jesus and Trump ‘con artists.’ A satire site made it up

Claim by Social media posts: “A new Pentagon study shows that people who had a flu shot are 36% more likely to get COVID-19.” rating: False

No Evidence That Flu Shot Increases Risk of COVID-19

Claim via Social Media: A viral Facebook post claims Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is “advocating for church gatherings to never return.”

Check Your Fact rating: False


(International: China) Claim: Chinese military vehicles filmed at China-North Korea border city of Dandong

AFP Fact Check rating: False

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