The Latest Fact Checks from the International Fact Checking Network (IFCN) 06/09/2020

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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 William Barr: “There were not chemical irritants” used to clear a crowd. Pepper balls are “not a chemical irritant.”

Politifact rating: Pants of Fire

Barr says federal police didn’t use chemical irritants to clear area by DC church. They did

Claim via Social Media: Social media users are sharing images that show Chick-fil-A employees sporting t-shirts with the words “Back the Blue”, a color used to refer to the police in the U.S.

Reuters Fact Check rating: False

Fact check: Chick-fil-A did not distribute “Back the Blue” shirts in response to recent Black Lives Matter protests

Claim by Glenn Grothman: “Research illustrates a clear correlation between vitamin D deficiencies and (higher) COVID-19 mortality rates.”

PolitiFact rating: True

Glenn Grothman on target about tie between vitamin D and COVID-19, but vitamin D isn’t a cure

Claim by the Montana Daily Gazette: “Bill Gates’ shoddily-hastened vaccine has been determined to make all animal test subjects get COVID-19 when exposed to the virus”

Health Feedback rating: Inaccurate

Article inaccurately claims that coronavirus vaccine by Oxford researchers caused animal test subjects to develop COVID-19

Claim by Tweets: Says officials in Washington, D.C., are “jamming all communications.”

PolitiFact rating: False

How a false conspiracy theory about a Washington communications blackout went viral on Twitter

(International: Hong Kong) Claim: Images of protests in Hong Kong on May 24.

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/Conspiracy/Pseudoscience

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