The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 05/05/2023

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 Donald Trump Jr.: “Washington passes bill allowing the state to TAKE CHILDREN AWAY FROM PARENTS that do not consent to their child’s gender transition surgeries.” rating: False (No. Under the bill, licensed youth shelters no longer have to report the location of a runaway child to the child’s parents if the child is seeking gender-affirming or reproductive care. Instead, the shelters must notify the state’s child services department.)

Online Claims Misrepresent Washington Bill Aimed at Runaway Transgender Youth

Claim via Social Media: purports CNN published a tweet stating Volodymyr Zelenskyy plans on using mass immigration to fix Ukraine’s demographic issues.

Check Your Fact rating: False (Fake)

FACT CHECK: Did CNN Publish This Tweet About Volodymyr Zelenskyy?

FALSE Claim via Social Media: A Minnesota lawmaker introduced a bill that would make it “illegal to discriminate against child rapists.”

Politifact rating: False (The bill updates the definition of “sexual orientation” in Minnesota’s Human Rights Act. But this does not create a protected class for pedophilia. An amendment was added to specify that child sex offenders are not protected under the state’s Human Rights Act.)

Minnesota bill does not create a protected class for child sex offenders

TRUE Claim via Social Media: A California bill would ban chemicals in Skittles, other foods.

KTVB rating: True (A California bill would ban chemicals in Skittles and other foods.)

California considers ban on chemicals in Skittles, other foods

Claim via Social media: Photos show passport issued in Kenya to President Obama.

USA Today rating: False (The passport shown in this post belongs to Barack Obama Sr., the former president’s father. President Obama was born in Hawaii.)

Fact check: Photos show passport belonging to President Obama’s father

FALSE (International: Australia): The government has chosen not to provide brochures outlining the ‘yes’ and ‘no’ cases ahead of the voice to parliament referendum.

Australian Associated Press rating: False (A pamphlet will be sent to every household where a voter is enrolled at least two weeks before the referendum.)

Voice pamphlet claim folds under closer inspection

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