The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 04/18/2023

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: “One of the greatest mysteries of COVID-19: Where did the flu go in 2020 and 2021?” rating: False (It is not a mystery; it was reduced by pandemic measures – masks, social distancing, handwashing, etc. Further, it is estimated 5000 people died from the flu during the 2020 – 2021 period.)

Fewer Cases of Flu Due to Pandemic Precautions, Contrary to Viral Claim

Claim by Viral Images: Photos show Biden and Harris celebrating Trump’s indictment.

Check Your Fact rating: False (Fake)

FACT CHECK: Do These Images Show Joe Biden and Kamala Harris Celebrating Donald Trump’s indictment?

Claim via Social Media: “Congress, White House, IRS, Feds, Federal Reserve are shut down.”

PolitiFact rating: Pants on Fire (Made up claims for unknown reasons.)

U.S. government institutions haven’t shuttered, despite Facebook claims

FALSE Claim via Social Media: School shootings are linked to violent video games.

USA Today rating: False (There is no evidence of a causal link between school shootings and video games, according to an array of studies, meta-analyses and psychology and sociology experts.)

Fact check: Studies refute attempts to link video games, shootings

Claim by Joe Biden (D): “Fewer people get hurt playing rugby” than American football.

PolitiFact rating: Mostly False (Much of the relevant academic research suggests that rugby results in higher rates of overall injuries and concussions than American football does — often two to three times higher.)

Fact-checking Joe Biden on whether rugby is safer than football

FALSE (International: New Zealand): Jacinda Ardern is advertising her services as a speaker with a US-based talent website.

Australian Associated Press rating: False (The website listing is a fake.)

Ardern speaking tour claim is utter drivel

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