The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 2/1/2021

Each day Media Bias Fact Check selects and publishes fact checks from around the world. We only utilize fact-checkers that are either a signatory of the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) or have been verified as credible by MBFC. Further, we review each fact check for accuracy before publishing. (D. Van Zandt)

Claim Codes: Red = Fact Check on a Right Claim, Blue = Fact Check on a Left Claim, Black = Not Political/Conspiracy/Pseudoscience/Other

Claim via Social Media: Masks have negative impacts on 68% of children.

PolitiFact rating: False

No, study didn’t prove that masks have negative effects on 68% of children

CLAIM: Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates wants to eliminate at least 3 billion people in the world, starting in Africa, in a plot involving vaccines.

AP Fact Check rating: False

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Claim by Marco Rubio (R): “Only in the Third World do you see this habitual use of prosecutions of former leaders.”

PolitiFact rating: False

Marco Rubio falsely claims former leaders are prosecuted ‘only in the Third World’

Claim by Viral social media posts: Three percent of people receiving the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in the US suffer irreversible side effects.

Australian Associated Press rating: False

Video falsely claims Pfizer vaccine causes widespread ‘irreversible’ effects

Claim via Social Media: Says Joe Biden said, “I don’t know what I’m signing,” while signing a document.

PolitiFact rating: False

It’s not clear what Biden said while signing document

(International: Philippines) Claim: Video shows Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte criticizing legislators Tito Sotto and Vilma Santos in January 2021

AFP Fact Check rating: False

This video shows Duterte criticising broadcaster ABS-CBN in 2017

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