The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 03/08/2022

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. We fact-check the fact-checkers and let you know their bias. When appropriate we explain the rating and/or offer our own rating if we disagree with the fact-checker. (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
Fact Checker bias rating Codes: Red = Right-Leaning, Green = Least Biased, Blue = Left-Leaning, Black = Unrated by MBFC

BLATANT
LIE
Claim via Social Media: Video shows Ukrainian crisis actors come to life after pretending to be dead.

PolitiFact rating: False (The people under the tarps aren’t crisis actors from Ukraine trying to fool people into thinking they are dead. They were part of a protest against climate change that was held in Vienna, Austria, on Feb. 4.)

This video is from a climate change protest in Austria. It doesn’t show crisis actors in Ukraine

BLATANT
LIE
Claim via Social Media: The Ukrainian Flag Was Draped On The Statue Of Liberty.

Lead Stories rating: False (Not In USA)

Fact Check: Ukrainian Flag Was NOT Draped On Statue Of Liberty — This Is Replica In France

MOSTLY
FALSE
Claim via Social Media: The IRS is taking money away from people who received unemployment benefits.

PolitiFact rating: Mostly False (Receiving unemployment benefits does not mean that a federal income tax refund will be reduced. )

Misleading post links unemployment benefits and reduced tax refunds

FALSE Claim by The Epoch Times: COVID-19 vaccine mRNA is converted to DNA and enters the cell’s nucleus, so the vaccines can potentially change our DNA

Health Feedback rating: Inaccurate (The study didn’t show reverse-transcribed DNA entering the nucleus. It also didn’t show that the DNA was integrated into the cell’s genome.)

Study by Lund University researchers didn’t show that COVID-19 mRNA vaccines change our DNA

The Epoch Times Rating

TRUE Claim: Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Mykhailo Fedorov wrote a letter to Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg, calling for the company to block access to Facebook and Instagram in Russia.

Snopes.com rating: True (Russia ultimately blocked it themselves.)

Did One of Ukraine’s Leaders Write a Letter to Mark Zuckerberg?

FALSE (International: India): Video shows voter fraud by the BJP during the 2022 Uttar Pradesh elections.

The Quint rating: False

Fact-Check | 2019 Video Showing Voter Fraud Allegations Againt BJP Shared Without Context

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