The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 05/01/2022

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

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FALSE Claim by Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee: “Republicans’ (Rick Scott) plan would make Social Security disappear.” rating: Misleading (Scott says he wants to “review,” “fix” and “preserve” those social programs so that they are financially solvent for the long term.)

Democrats Misleadingly Claim ‘Republicans’ Plan’ Would ‘End’ Social Security, Medicare

Claim by Viral Rumor: Claims Twitter suspended Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates from its platform.

Check Your Fact rating: False (The image is digitally fabricated. Gates’ Twitter profile has not been suspended.)

FACT CHECK: Did Twitter Suspend Bill Gates?

FALSE Claim by Pennsylvania Conservative Fund: Mehmet Oz “was a spokesman for a group who wanted to defund the police.”

Politifact rating: False (Oz did one ad for the group, promoting the Affordable Care Act in 2010, not in favor of defunding the police. The ad was done a decade before the police murder of George Floyd fueled the defund the police movement.)

Attack on Senate hopeful Oz is wrong that he was spokesman for group that wanted to defund police

TRUE Claim by Michael McFaul (D): Joe Biden’s $33bn Ukraine plan worth half Russia’s military budget

Newsweek rating: True

Fact Check: Joe Biden $33bn Ukraine Plan Worth Half Russia Military Budget

FALSE Claim by Club for Growth: That J.D. Vance said, “People who voted for Trump voted for him for racist reasons.”

PolitiFact rating: False (Vance actually said that while some people might have had racist reasons, the great majority of people voted for Trump because of his message on jobs.)

Attack ad twists JD Vance’s words on racism and Trump voters

FALSE (International: Finland): Claim by Viral Image: claims Finland’s Supreme Court ruled that sex with children is “permitted.”

Check Your Fact rating: False (There is no evidence Finland’s Supreme Court established such a precedent. A spokesperson for the court denied the claim.)

FACT CHECK: Did Finland’s Supreme Court Rule That Sex With Children Is ‘Permitted’?

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