The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 04/08/2023 (Weekend Edition)

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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Claim via Social Media: Gays Commit 45% Of Child Sexual Abuse.

Lead Stories rating: False (Experts in the field say there is not a greater risk that gay people will be child molesters. Also, 3 percent of people in the world identify as gay, not 2 percent, according to an Ipsos survey.)

Fact Check: NO Evidence ‘Gays’ Commit 45% Of Child Sexual Abuse

Claim by Donald Trump (R): Regarding Trump’s January 2021 telephone call with Georgia election officials, “nobody found anything wrong with that perfect call until a book promotion tour many months later.”

PolitiFact rating: Pants on Fire (Politicians promptly criticized Trump’s phone call including Kamala Harris, then the vice president-elect, and Georgia’s then-Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan, a Republican. Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis called the phone call “disturbing” and then in February announced she would investigate.)

Trump’s Pants on Fire comment about the Georgia election phone call

Claim by William Deagle: Chemtrails contain toxic substances such as barium salts that are 10 thousand times more toxic to your nervous system than lead

Climate Feedback rating: Inaccurate (So-called whistleblower Dr. Deagle is a crackpot as the consensus of scientific evidence shows that atmospheric barium levels have not increased due to deliberate programs to deposit barium salts in the atmosphere. There is no evidence of a program to deliberately deposit chemicals into the atmosphere via so-called “chemtrails”.)

The strands of cloud seen behind aeroplanes are trails of condensed water known as contrails, they are not chemtrails as some believe

FALSE (International: Ukraine): Zelenskyy has $1.2B in an account, 15 homes, 3 planes, $11M monthly income.

USA Today rating: False (There’s no evidence of the assets listed in the post, and Forbes, which tracks Zelenskyy’s assets, also found no evidence of these assets. None of Florida’s public records show that Zelenskyy owns a home in the state. Zelenskyy’s spokesperson and 2020 financial disclosure also contradict the claim.)

Fact check: Posts make unsupported claims about Zelenskyy’s finances

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