The Latest Fact Checks from the International Fact Checking Network (IFCN) 05/18/2020

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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 Tommy Vietor: “If the DNI is suggesting unmasking is wrong, why did the Trump admin unmask identities 17,000 times in 2018?”

PolitiFact rating: DNI data backs claim

Michael Flynn’s unmasking: What you need to know

Claim by Facebook posts: “DON’T YOU FIND IT QUITE INTERESTING, THAT 5,000 MEAT PACKERS TESTED POSITIVE! HOWEVER, NOT 5,000 NURSES & DOCTORS!”

FactCheck.org rating: False

Viral Posts Mislead on COVID-19’s Toll on Health Care Workers

Claim by Facebook post: “(Retail) milk has gone up 7.5% since this time last year. The price farmers are paid has dropped 23%.”

PolitiFact rating: Mostly True

Yes, payments to dairy farmers have dropped even as retail milk prices rise

Claim via Social Media: Joe Biden said, “People will die, who have never died before”, AOC said, “There are homeless people out there who can’t pay their mortgage.”

Reuters Fact Check rating: False

False claim: Joe Biden said, “People will die, who have never died before”, AOC said, “There are homeless people out there who can’t pay their mortgage.”

Claim by Bloggers: “Trump revokes Barack Obama’s security clearance.”

PolitiFact rating: False

No, Trump didn’t revoke Obama’s security clearance

(International: India) Claim: PM Narendra Modi said that Omar Abdullah had said that abrogation of Article 370 will bring earthquake

The Quint 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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