The Latest Fact Checks from the International Fact Checking Network (IFCN) 08/09/2020

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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 Facebook posts: Black Lives Matter “injures 1000 police officers kills 36 people and does $8 billion in damage.”

PolitiFact rating: False

No proof that Black Lives Matter killed 36 people, injured 1,000 police officers

The claim: U.S. GDP quarterly drop worst since the Great Depression

USA Today Fact Check rating: True

Fact check: U.S. GDP drop in 2020’s second quarter is the worst in modern history

Claim by Facebook posts: “California has six extra” congressional representatives “because illegals are counted” in the census.

PolitiFact rating: Mostly False

Fact-checking a claim about immigrants and California’s ‘extra’ House seats

Claim by Mike Pence: “Absentee balloting is perfectly acceptable. You have to apply for an absentee ballot, signatures are checked, it’s confirmed, it is a long tradition. … But this universal mail in voting where you’re going to see literally ballots showered all across the state — it is ripe for fraud.”

AP Fact Check rating: False

AP FACT CHECK: Trump misleads on mail ballots, virus vaccine

Claim by Instagram: “The GOP lawyer who helped Kanye West get on the ballot in Wisconsin is actively working for Donald Trump’s campaign.”

PolitiFact rating: True

Yes, a Trump lawyer helped Kanye West try to get on Wisconsin’s ballot

(International: UK) Claim: People in Leicester are being forcibly tested for Covid-19.

Full Fact rating: This is incorrect. 

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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