The Latest Fact Checks from the International Fact Checking Network (IFCN) 07/12/2020

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 Facebook posts: “Democrats just destroyed” statue of Frederick Douglass in Rochester, New York. rating: Unsupported

Donald Trump Jr. Shares Unsupported Claim that ‘Democrats’ Vandalized Statue

Claim by Trump: “We have the lowest Mortality Rate in the World.”

AP Fact Check rating: False

AP FACT CHECK: If he’s said it once, he’s said it 100 times

Claim by Joe Biden: “Three hundred sixty thousand Pennsylvanians fought on the side of the Union to defeat the flag, that Confederate flag, including more Black soldiers coming from Pennsylvania than any other state in the nation.”

Politifact rating: Mostly True

Did Pa. send more Black troops to fight for the Union during the Civil War than any other state?

Claim by Collective Evolution: “The COVID-19 death rate across the US has now been confirmed to be so low that it’s on the edge of no longer being qualified as an epidemic.”

The Dispatch rating: False

Is the CDC About to Downgrade Coronavirus From ‘Epidemic’ Status?

Claim by Dan Forest: Multiple studies “all said for decades, masks do not work with viruses.”

Politifact rating: False

NC Republican wrongfully says masks ‘do not work’

(International: Israel) Claim: “An Israeli soldier kills a Palestinian child and the world has not moved for him. Share the picture until it rotates in the world to show the Zionist brutality in Palestine”

Reuters Fact Check rating: False

Fact check: Photo doesn’t show an Israeli soldier killing a Palestinian child by kneeling on his neck

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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