The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 01/20/2023

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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FALSE Claim via Social Media: Thunberg pretends to get arrested at a coal mine in Germany.

Lead Stories rating: False (Thunberg’s interactions with the police at the scene were real, but no arrests were made — police escorted activists from the protest to collect their personal information.)

Fact Check: Greta Thunberg’s Detainment In Germany Was NOT Staged — She Was Brought To Police Station To Share Her Personal Information

Claim by News Punch: “Bill Gates Vows To Pump mRNA Into Food Supply To ‘Force-Jab’ the Unvaccinated”

Health Feedback rating: Inaccurate (mRNA COVID-19 vaccines can’t alter human DNA. An alleged tweet by Gates claiming that “vaccines in our food supply solve the problem of vaccine hesitancy” is inauthentic. mRNA COVID-19 vaccines can’t be transferred from food products to humans. mRNA is quickly broken down following vaccination, and wouldn’t resist food processing and digestion.)

Misrepresented 2018 clip of Bill Gates trigger inaccurate claims that mRNA COVID-19 vaccines for livestock could transfer to people through diet

News Punch Rating

Claim by Occupy Democrats: “Social Security has nothing to do with the deficit or the national debt.”

PolitiFact rating: Mostly False (When Social Security runs a deficit, as it has since 2010, it relies on its reserve funds that the Treasury Department holds in government bonds. Treasury has to borrow money to repay the bonds, which adds to the federal deficit.)

Social Security does add to federal budget deficit, despite Occupy Democrats’ claim to the contrary

Occupy Democrats Rating

FALSE Claim via Social media: The FBI paid Twitter $3.5 million to ‘censor’ information from the public.

USA Today rating: False (The claim wrongly conflates two separate events. First, documents released by new Twitter owner Elon Musk show the FBI flagged Twitter accounts the agency believed violated Twitter’s terms of service. Second, another document shows the FBI paid Twitter $3.4 million for Twitter’s processing of information requests the FBI made through the Stored Communications Act. The $3.4 million is unrelated to the FBI flagging accounts.)

Fact check: FBI gave $3 million to Twitter for information requests

FALSE Claim by Redacted: The COVID-19 vaccine trials were a “theatrical performance … they were actually not real.” rating: False (All of the four COVID-19 vaccines available in the U.S. were tested in large, randomized controlled trials for safety and efficacy before the FDA granted them emergency use authorization and they were rolled out to the public.)

COVID-19 Vaccines Tested in Clinical Trials, Despite Bogus Social Media Claims

Redacted Rating

FALSE (International: Philippines): Sara Duterte has ordered to abolish the K to 12 education system

VERA Files rating: False

VERA FILES FACT CHECK: Sara Duterte has NOT abolished K to 12

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