The Latest Fact Checks from the International Fact Checking Network (IFCN) 05/06/2020

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 Washington News Press: Greta Thunberg “going on hunger strike until Trump is removed.”

Politifact rating: False

No, Greta Thunberg isn’t protesting Trump with a hunger strike

Claim by Social media posts: Former Rep. Trey Gowdy wrote a viral post claiming the COVID-19 pandemic was planned and it “all seems rather convenient for the nations and opponents of our current President and economy 5 months before an election.” rating: False

Gowdy Didn’t Author Viral Conspiracy Theory

Claim via Social Media: An image shared on Facebook claims the governors of New York, Nevada and Michigan have “issued orders banning the prescription of hydroxychloroquine to patients with COVID-19.”

Check Your Fact rating: False


Claim by Facebook posts:“New York Times editor admits Biden sexual assault story was censored at behest of Biden campaign.”

PolitiFact rating: Mostly False

Claim that New York Times ‘censored’ Joe Biden sex assault story is wrong

Claim via Social Media: Is the rate of coronavirus-related deaths being reported out of New York City 200 times higher than the death rates of the world’s largest 10 cities?

Lead Stories Rating: False

Fact Check: COVID-19 Death Rate In NYC Is NOT 200 Times Higher Than World’s 10 Largest Cities

(International: UK) Claim: A video posted to Facebook that has been viewed over 33,000 times suggests that it shows police in a British street arresting people holding a party during the coronavirus pandemic lockdown.

Reuters Fact Check rating: False

False claim: Video shows police responding to lockdown street party in the UK

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