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|Claim by Donald Trump (R): Gov. Ron DeSantis sealed “all beaches” in Florida.
Politifact rating: Mostly False (Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order on March 17, 2020, directing Floridians to “limit their gatherings” at beaches and to “support beach closures at the discretion of local authorities.” But the governor didn’t issue a statewide mandate closing “all beaches,” as former President Donald Trump claimed.)
Donald Trump’s attacks exaggerate Ron DeSantis’ COVID-19 response
|Claim via Viral Image: An image on social media shows Wikileaks founder Julian Assange pale and disheveled as he awaits extradition from Britain to the United States.
Lead Stories rating: False (AI-Generated Deepfake)
Fact Check: Social Media Image NOT Photo Of WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange — It’s AI-Generated Deepfake
|Claim by Joe Biden (D): In the U.S., “you’re not allowed to own a machine gun.”
PolitiFact rating: Mostly False (Fifteen states have laws that generally prohibit the possession, manufacture or sale of all machine guns.)
Biden said you can’t own a machine gun. You can in most states, but there are restrictions
|FALSE||Claim by Clayton Morris: The Federal Reserve begins the rollout of their new central bank digital U.S. dollar.
Lead Stories rating: False (Clayton Morris frequently promotes disinformation. FedNow is just an instant payment system and will not change the currency infrastructure in the United States.)
Fact Check: FedNow Service Will NOT Replace Traditional U.S. Currency — It’s Just A Payment System
|Claim via Social Media: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., “is now worth $29 million dollars.”
Politifact rating: Pants on Fire (Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.’s latest financial disclosure report, filed in September 2022, lists assets amounting to $4,004 to $60,000 and liabilities amounting to $15,001 to $50,000.)
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez isn’t worth $29 million. Her financial disclosure shows a far lower figure.
|UNPROVEN||(International: Australia): Claim by Environment minister Tanya Plibersek: There will be more plastic in the oceans than fish by 2050.
Australian Associated Press rating: Unproven (The claim is based on several assumptions and an apparent underestimate of fish stocks.)
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