The Latest Fact Checks from the International Fact Checking Network (IFCN) 08/31/2020

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: Says Melania Trump is the “first FLOTUS to visit troops in a combat zone since 1969.”

PolitiFact rating: False

Melania Trump is not the first FLOTUS to visit troops in a combat zone in 50 years

CLAIM: Photos show four police officers who were injured by Democrats and Black Lives Matter rioters over the weekend in Portland, Seattle and nearby cities.

AP Fact Check rating: False

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Claim by social media: Photos show injured people who were “Beat up by BLM a hate group.” rating: False

Social Media Posts Use Graphic, Unrelated Photos to Smear BLM Protesters

Claim by PCR Tests For Coronavirus Rely On A Single DNA Sequence Common To All Humans

Lead Stories rating: Bad Science

Fact Check: WHO Tests For Coronavirus Do NOT Automatically Deliver False Positive Every Time

Claim by Donald Trump (R): “Cuomo ended cash bail … and now the crime rate has gone through the roof.”

PolitiFact rating: False

Trump’s claim linking crime rates to bail reform lacks evidence

(International: New Zealand) Claim: Picture of Bharatiya Culture in New Zealand

Newsmobile rating: False and misleading

Fact Check: Picture from ashram in Kerala falsely shared as New Zealand

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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