The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 8/10/2021

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

TRUE Claim by Chip Roy (R): A quorum-breaking Texas Democrat said in 2007 that mail-in ballot fraud “is the greatest source of voter fraud in this state.”

Politifact rating: True (Voter fraud is rare, but mail-in ballot fraud is the most common)

Among the rare cases of voter fraud in Texas, mail-in ballot fraud is most common

TRUE Claim: In August 2021, Apple announced plans to begin scanning iPhones in the United States for child sexual abuse material.

Snopes rating: True

Did Apple Say It Would Scan iPhones for Child Sexual Abuse Imagery?

FALSE Claim via Social Media: “Since there is no ‘Delta Variant’ test, how exactly are people being diagnosed with the ‘Delta Variant’?”

FactCheck.org rating: False (sequencing can identify Delta)

Sequencing Used to Identify Delta, Other Coronavirus Variants

FALSE Claim via Social Media and California Globe: US health authorities have stopped using RT-PCR tests to detect COVID-19 as they are inaccurate.

BOOM Live rating: False

US Authorities Have Not Stopped Using RT-PCR Tests For COVID-19 Detection

California Globe Rating

MOSTLY
TRUE
Claim via New York Magazine: In children, “the mortality risk from COVID-19 is actually lower than from the flu. The risk of severe disease or hospitalization is about the same”.

Health Feedback rating: Mostly Accurate

New York Magazine article on children’s risks from COVID-19 is accurate, but more context regarding difference in risk between young and older children would be helpful

New York Magazine Rating

FALSE (International: Philippines): Duterte ordered to change the name of an airport in the Philippines

AFP Fact Check rating: False

Duterte has not announced name change for Philippines’ biggest airport

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