The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 03/01/2023

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 by Viral image: Former President Donald Trump “was the 1st president in U.S. history to acknowledge that children are being sold for sex in the U.S.” while President Joe Biden “rescinded Trump’s executive order that helped combat child sex trafficking.”

PolitiFact rating: False (Presidents who held office before former President Donald Trump acknowledged child sex trafficking in the United States. President Joe Biden didn’t revoke Trump’s executive order to fight child sex trafficking in the United States.)

Social media posts distort Trump, Biden child sex trafficking records

Claim by The Epoch Times: Accord gives WHO power over US pandemic policies.

AFP Fact Check rating: False (Another fake news story made up by the Epoch Times.)

False claims about WHO pandemic accord resurface online

Claim via Social Media: Winston Churchill didn’t mention the Holocaust in his memoirs because it didn’t happen.

PolitiFact rating: Pants on Fire (The word “Holocaust’ to describe the murder of 6 million Jews and millions more during World War II wasn’t in popular use when Winston Churchill wrote his memoirs about the war, and he clearly acknowledged the genocide in other writings.)

Winston Churchill’s World War II memoirs aren’t evidence that the Holocaust didn’t happen

TRUE Claim by Donald Trump (R): Referring to the train accident and his rollback of regulations, “I had nothing to do with it.”

The Washington Post rating: Correct (Thus far, the evidence indicates that Trump’s regulations rollback did not cause the accident.)

So far, Trump’s rollback of regulations can’t be blamed for Ohio train wreck

Claim via Social Media: In February 2023, Twitter alerted users they could no longer use the Ukrainian flag emoji unless they paid for “Twitter Blue” status.

Snopes rating: False (Fake)

Is Twitter Censoring the Ukrainian Flag Emoji?

FALSE (International: Canada): It is illegal to fly the Canadian flag in the city of Ottawa.

Australian Associated Press rating: False (There are no regulations to prohibit flying the Canadian flag.)

Maple leaf flag ban in Canadian capital is make-believe

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