The Latest Fact Checks from the International Fact Checking Network (IFCN) 05/17/2020

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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 by Diamond and Silk: “Obama knew. Clinton knew. Biden knew. Comey knew. Brennan knew. McCabe knew. Strzok knew. Clapper knew. Rosenstein knew. FBI knew. DOJ knew. CIA knew. State knew. They all knew it was a lie, a witch-hunt, a scandal, a plot, a conspiracy, a hoax.”

PolitiFact rating: Document doesn’t prove hoax

Michael Flynn’s unmasking: What you need to know

Claim by Brett Giroir: “No matter how you look at it, America is leading the world in testing” for COVID-19.

FactCheck.org rating: False

Testing, By the Numbers

Claim by Jeff Shipley: Young people “have a greater chance of being killed by the HPV vaccine than COVID-19.”

Politifact rating: Pants on Fire

COVID-19 vs. HPV vaccine: COVID is more deadly

Claim by Facebook posts: “Never in the history of this great republic have we quarantined the healthy.”

PolitiFact rating: Inaccurate

Fact-checking a California reopen protest video

Claim via Social Media: Viral claims circulating on social media claim billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates has traveled to Jeffrey Epstein’s island multiple times.

Reuters Fact Check rating: False

False claim: Bill Gates traveled to Epstein’s island multiple times

(International: Sri Lanka) Claim: Farmers are dumping tomatoes in Sri Lanka after the governments failure to help them in COVID-19 crisis.

BOOM 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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