The Latest Fact Checks from the International Fact Checking Network (IFCN) 05/23/2020

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 Chris Tayor: “Getting access to a gun in America is easier than adopting a dog or registering to vote.”

Politifact rating: Mostly True

Lawmaker correct that gun access is easier than adopting a dog or registering to vote in America

Claim via Social Media: A viral Facebook post claims 80,000 people died from the flu in the United States in 2019.

Check Your Fact rating: False


Claim by Trending Politics: “The House Democrats snuck a provision into their $3 trillion bailout bill today that would keep the house in recess until July 21.”

Politifact rating: Pants on fire

No, House Democrats did not sneak long recess into HEROES Act

Claim by The Sun: “The sun has gone into ‘lockdown’ which could cause freezing weather, earthquakes and famine, say scientists”

Climate Feedback rating: Incorrect

Low solar activity has little effect on Earth’s climate, contrary to claim in The Sun

Claim by Nick Freitas: “VA Democrats authorized for early release over 4,000 inmates, 60% of which are incarcerated for violent offenses.”

Poltifact rating: Mostly True

Did Va. Democrats OK an early release plan for many violent inmates?

(International: Madagascar) Claim: Nigeria imposes curfew to allow China to mount 5G masts

Factuel 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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