The Latest Fact Checks from the International Fact Checking Network (IFCN) 05/16/2020

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 Stacey Abrams: “Since the reopening of (Georgia), we’ve seen our COVID rate skyrocket by 40%.”

Politifact rating: False

Stacey Abrams gets Georgia’s reopening COVID-19 trend upside down. Cases fell

Claim via Social Media: Is the United States the only country on Earth that is protesting being on lockdown amid the coronavirus outbreak?

Lead Stories rating: False

Fact Check: The United States Is NOT The Only Country On Earth Where People Are Protesting Coronavirus Lockdown

Claim by Mitch McConnell: “Clearly, the Obama administration did not leave any kind of game plan for something like this.”

Politifact rating: Pants on Fire

Evidence counters McConnell claim that Obama team left no pandemic ‘game plan’ for Trump

Claim by Donald Trump: Suggested that Pennsylvania was making “no effort” to reopen its economy. rating: False

Trump Falsely Suggests Pennsylvania Is Making ‘No Effort’ to Reopen

Claim by London Real: Autism is nothing more than mercury toxicity”

Health Feedback rating: Incorrect

Vaccines do not cause mercury toxicity or autism, contrary to claim in London Real video

(International: Qatar) Claim: The video shows gunfight in the coup d’état in Qatar. rating: False

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.

Claim Codes: Red = Fact Check on a Right Claim, Blue = Fact Check on a Left Claim, Black = Not Political

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