The Latest Fact Checks from the International Fact Checking Network (IFCN) 06/05/2020

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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 Law Enforcement Today: “Piles of bricks are being staged in cities around the country, indicating riots are planned.”

PolitiFact rating: Mostly False

Fact-checking theories about bricks and Black Lives Matter protests

Claim via Social Media: Have investigators concluded that George Floyd was innocent of passing a fake $20 bill because the money was real?

Lead Stories rating: False

Fact Check: George Floyd Was NOT ‘Found To Be Innocent,’ No Word On If $20 Bill Was Real

Claim by Intellihub: “White busses marked ‘Soros Riot Dance Squad’ spotted in Michigan: It’s official, the riots are staged.”

Politifact rating: Pants on Fire

Photos of George Soros ‘Riot Dance Squad’ buses were doctored

Claim by Children Health Defense: Vaccinated children are more likely to have adverse health outcomes like developmental delays, asthma, and ear infections compared to unvaccinated children.

Health Feedback rating: Unsupported

Significant methodological flaws in a 2020 study claiming to show unvaccinated children are healthier

Claim by Facebook: “According to the CDC, so far this year, Florida has had 1,762 deaths from COVID-19 and 5,185 from pneumonia. Average pneumonia deaths in Florida from 2013-2018 for the same time period are 918.”

PolitiFact rating: False

Claim that Florida is undercounting COVID-19 deaths uses flawed comparison

(International: Sri Lanka) Claim: Image shows the daughter of late Minister Thondaman attending funeral violating quarantine laws

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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