The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 09/08/2023

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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TRUE Claim via Social Media: FEMA, in coordination with the FCC, will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System and Wireless Emergency Alert system on Oct. 4, 2023, by sending messages to every cell phone, TV and radio in the United States.

Snopes rating: True

FEMA To Test Emergency Alert System Nationwide on Oct. 4, 2023?

Claim via Social Media: The WHO is developing a pandemic treaty that will remove current human rights protections, enforce surveillance and censorship and eliminate freedom of speech.

Politifact rating: False (World Health Organization member states are drafting an accord focused on pandemic prevention, preparedness and response. An early draft of the accord, which is not finalized, included language about protecting human rights and member state sovereignty. The WHO lacks the power to make a member state act, or restrict rights or freedoms, against its will.)

WHO pandemic preparedness treaty will not remove human rights protections, restrict freedoms

Claim by A New Mexico truck driver rescued “‘Approximately 15’ Children Trapped in Padlocked Cages in the Back of Pickup Truck” during a kidnapping incident.

Lead Stories rating: False (The New Mexico State Police say “This story is not correct, this was a mother and her four kids, not a human trafficking incident.”)

Fact Check: Truck Driver Did NOT Rescue ‘Approximately 15’ Children ‘Trapped In Padlocked Cages’ On Pickup Truck — It Was Mother, Her 4 Kids Heading Home, Police Say

Gateway Pundit Rating

FALSE Claim via Social Media: A new Florida law says “a father must submit a DNA test before signing the birth certificates.”

PolitiFact rating: False (no evidence of any Florida law that requires fathers to complete DNA testing before they can sign their children’s birth certificates.)

No, there’s no Florida law requiring fathers take a DNA test to sign their child’s birth certificate

FALSE Claim via Social Media: Post implies border floodgates opened under Biden, but not Trump.

USA Today rating: False (Floodgates must be opened to protect certain border barriers from being damaged during seasonal monsoon flooding. Border floodgates were also left open at times during the Trump administration.)

Border floodgates open under both Trump and Biden presidencies | Fact check

FALSE (International: South Africa): Claim by Daily Maverick: “On-grid electricity has benefitted from solar too, as well as wind and thermal with over 90% of power generated now coming from these sources.”

Africa Check rating: Incorrect

Kenya vs South Africa? Fact-checking claims about the two countries’ contrasting economic paths

Daily Maverick Rating

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