The Latest Fact Checks from the International Fact Checking Network (IFCN) 08/02/2020

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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 Wisconsin State Senate Democrats: Say Wisconsin Republican lawmakers have done nothing “while neighboring states like Minnesota, Illinois and Michigan have already implemented safety precautions like requiring individuals to wear masks.”

PolitiFact rating: Mostly True

Wisconsin Democrats say lawmakers in neighboring states have done more on COVID-19 than state GOP

Claim by Trump: “Mail-In Voting is an easy way for foreign countries to enter the race.”

AP Fact Check rating: False

AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s election agitations and distortions

Claim by Social media posts: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “just came out & said they made another ‘mistake’” in Florida. “And they’ve also been counting Pneumonia & Flu as Covid– dropping their [number] from approx 90,000 to 11,000.”

FactCheck.org rating: False

COVID-19 Data-Reporting Changed, But Not Florida’s Case Count

Claim by America’s Frontline Doctors: “You don’t need masks, there is a cure [for COVID-19] … It is called hydroxychloroquine, zinc, and Zithromax”

Health Feedback rating: Incorrect

Still no evidence that hydroxychloroquine can cure or prevent COVID-19

Claim by Facebook posts: “Mississippi got 10,145 warrants for unemployment fraud!!”

PolitiFact rating: Mostly False

Facebook warnings of warrants for unemployment fraud lack evidence

(International: Philippines) Claim: Princess Beatrice did not say anything about Duterte’s COVID-19 response. The photo used in the quote card is that of an actress.

Rappler 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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