The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 01/04/2023

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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BLATANT
LIE
Claim via Social Media: COVID 19 Nasal Swab Tests Contain DARPA Hydrogel.

Lead Stories rating: False (No, it doesn’t)

Fact Check: COVID-19 Nasal Test Swabs Do NOT Contain DARPA Hydrogel That Causes Recipients To Be Remotely Controlled

BLATANT
LIE
Claim via Social Media: Laser tests show bodies of water are level, which proves the Earth is flat.

USA Today rating: False (The earth is not flat.)

Fact check: False claim laser tests prove Earth is flat

FALSE Claim by Colleen Huber in Epoch Times: Ivermectin is a safe and effective COVID-19 treatment.

Health Feedback rating: Unsupported (The claim that ivermectin is an effective COVID-19 treatment is based on flawed studies. In contrast, rigorous, large clinical trials haven’t detected a clear benefit from ivermectin treatment in COVID-19 patients so far.)

Ivermectin hasn’t proven effective in COVID-19 patients so far, despite persistent online claims

Epoch Times Rating

BLATANT
LIE
Claim via Social Media: The federal government is sending a fourth stimulus check in 2023.

VERIFYThis.com rating: False (The federal government isn’t sending a fourth stimulus check in 2023.)

Another stimulus check isn’t on the way in 2023 | verifythis.com

FALSE Claim by Social media users: Twitter removed over 44,000 accounts linked to child sexual exploitation in India since Musk’s takeover.

USA Today rating: False (The figure cited in the post represents the total number of accounts suspended globally for child sexual exploitation/non-consensual nudity – not just in India. And even before Musk took over, Twitter has been actively involved in suspending child sexual exploitation accounts, data shows.)

Fact check: Post misinterprets data on suspended Twitter accounts

FALSE (International: Australia): The melting of South Pole ice will allow the continent to float up, therefore resulting in minimal sea level change.

Australian Associated Press rating: False (The process (isostatic rebound) does not increase the volume of the ocean basin. Meanwhile, melting land ice directly adds water to the oceans.)

Cold, hard nonsense floated about polar ice

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