The Latest Fact Checks from the International Fact Checking Network (IFCN) 05/27/2020

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 Joe Biden: “40% of the initial small business funds didn’t go to small businesses at all.”

Politifact rating: Mostly False

Biden uses arbitrary, conflicting definition to slam small business loans

Claim via Social Media: “Autopsies performed by the Italian pathologists [have] shown that [COVID-19] is not pneumonia but it is disseminated intravascular coagulation”

Health Feedback rating: InaccurateThe main cause of death in COVID-19 patients is respiratory insufficiency arising from viral pneumonia, not clotting disorder as claimed in viral social media posts
Claim via Social Media: “Hidden in the CARES Act was an obscure $135 billion tax break for 43,000 millionaires.”

Politifact rating: Mostly True

Yes, the CARES Act has a tax break that benefits 43,000 millionaires

The claim: Bill Gates helped design the TRACE Act, which would fund coronavirus testing and contact tracing efforts

USA Today Fact Check rating: False

Fact check: Bill Gates did not craft contact tracing bill

Claim by Trump: “The United States cannot have all Mail In Ballots. It will be the greatest Rigged Election in history. People grab them from mailboxes, print thousands of forgeries and ‘force’ people to sign. Also, forge names. Some absentee OK, when necessary. Trying to use Covid for this Scam!”

AP Fact Check rating: False

AP FACT CHECK: Faulty Trump claims on virus drug, vote fraud

(International: Madagascar) Claim: Madagascan president has called on African states to quit WHO

AFP Fact Check 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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