The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 10/31/2023

Media Bias Fact Check selects and publishes fact checks from around the world. We only utilize fact-checkers who 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

MISLEADING Claim via Social Media: “SV40, a cancer causing sequence” was “put in the Covid Vaccine.” rating: Misleading (Small amounts of DNA from the manufacturing process may remain in the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines. Purification and quality control steps ensure any leftover DNA is present within regulatory limits. There isn’t reason to think that this residual DNA would alter a person’s DNA or cause cancer, contrary to claims made online.)

COVID-19 Vaccines Have Not Been Shown to Alter DNA, Cause Cancer

Claim via Social Media: An article published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health and featured in a video on social media proves that vaccination causes a greater prevalence of childhood illnesses.

Lead Stories rating: False (Journal editors retracted the study because its “conclusions were not supported by strong scientific data.” Additionally, the consensus in the scientific and medical communities strongly supports the use of vaccines as a safe and effective way to prevent childhood illnesses and protect public health.)

Fact Check: Study Does NOT Show That Vaccination Causes Greater Prevalence Of Childhood Illnesses

FALSE Claim by New York Citizens Audit: A discrepancy in the number of ballots and voters in the 2022 general election in New York “appears to be a federal crime.”

PolitiFact rating: False (New York Citizens Audit is comparing certified election results to a voter file that was not complete.)

No, difference in voter roll data and election results does not indicate crime

FALSE Claim via Social Media: Uber is forming a partnership with the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund.

Check Your Fact rating: False (No such partnership is occurring. Uber made a post on X confirming that the post was a result of a compromised account and was not authorized by the company.)

FACT CHECK: No, Uber Is Not Partnering With The Palestine Children’s Relief Fund

Claim via Social Media: A video proves U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland faces “a lying charge” after giving a fake number to Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., at a hearing.

PolitiFact rating: Pants on Fire (It does not show that)

A video claims to show Merrick Garland facing a ‘lying charge.’ That’s not true

FALSE (International: United Kingdom): Claim by The Daily Telegraph: Age UK said that lockdown caused a rise in suicides among elderly people.

Full Fact rating: False (Age UK did not say this. A counsel to the Covid Inquiry inaccurately described the charity’s evidence on this point. We can find no evidence of a rise in elderly suicides during the pandemic.)

Age UK did not say that elderly suicides rose during lockdown – Full Fact

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