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FACT CHECK: Did The CDC Say PCR Tests Do Not Distinguish Between COVID-19 And...

A post shared on Facebook claims the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests do not distinguish between COVID-19 and the flu. Verdict: False The CDC did not announce that PCR tests could not tell the difference between COVID-19 and the flu. The agency withdrew the emergency use authorization (EUA)…

FACT CHECK: Does This Image Show A ‘Spanish Dancer Jellyfish’?

An image shared on Facebook over 170 times allegedly shows a “Spanish dancing jellyfish found near the Tami Atoll in Papua New Guinea.” Facebook/Screenshot Verdict: False The image was created using computer software. It does not show a real species of jellyfish. Fact Check: The image shows an amorphous shape made of rings of red,…

FACT CHECK: Did Bill Gates Make This Statement About Eid al-Adha Animal Sacrifices?

An image shared on Facebook claims Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates made a particular statement decrying criticism of animal sacrifices performed for the Islamic holiday Eid al-Adha. Verdict: False The statement has been misattributed to Gates. A version of the quote has circulated online for several years. Fact Check: Eid al-Adha, a major Islamic holiday, commemorates…

FACT CHECK: Viral Image Claims Mayim Bialik ‘Refuses To Vaccinate’

An image shared on Facebook claims actress and neuroscientist Mayim Bialik “refuses to vaccinate.” Verdict: Misleading While Bialik has said that she hasn’t been vaccinated in 30 years, she has stated that she received the COVID-19 vaccine and that her children are vaccinated. Her publicist said she and her children are “fully vaccinated” against COVID-19.…

FACT CHECK: Did Donald Trump Release A Statement Calling Tom Brady ‘Shady’?

An image shared on Facebook allegedly shows a statement put out by former President Donald Trump calling Tom Brady “shady” after the NFL quarterback made a joke about people denying the 2020 presidential election results. Verdict: False There is no evidence Trump released the statement. The fabricated press release appears to originate from a Twitter…

FACT CHECK: Does This Image Show Joe Biden Touching Olivia Rodrigo’s Shoulders?

An image shared on Facebook over 2,000 times purportedly shows President Joe Biden touching singer Olivia Rodrigo’s shoulders. Verdict: False Biden has been photoshopped into the photo. Fact Check: The “Drivers License” singer visited the White House last week as part of the Biden administration’s effort to encourage more young people to get COVID-19 vaccinations,…

FACT CHECK: Did Joe Biden Say Americans Who Don’t Receive The COVID-19 Vaccine Before...

An image shared on Facebook claims President Joe Biden announced that Americans not vaccinated against COVID-19 before 2022 will be put in “quarantine camps.” Verdict: False There is no record of Biden making such an announcement. The claim appears to stem from a satirical article. Fact Check: The Facebook photo shows what appears to be…

FACT CHECK: Is Kayleigh McEnany JFK’s Granddaughter?

An image shared on Facebook claims former White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany is the granddaughter of former President John F. Kennedy and daughter of John F. Kennedy Jr. Verdict: False Kayleigh McEnany is the daughter of Michael McEnany and Leanne McEnany. She is not directly related to John F. Kennedy. Fact Check: The image…

FACT CHECK: Does This Image Show Joe Biden Kneeling Before Former Israeli President Reuven...

An image shared on Facebook claims President Joe Biden kneeled before former Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and pledged his “unconditional support to Israeli.” Verdict: False The image actually shows Biden kneeling in admiration of Rivlin’s chief of staff, Rivka Ravitz, who has 12 children. The claim appears to stem from a website that does not…

FACT CHECK: Did Haitian President Jovenel Moïse Say He Would Expose The Clinton Foundation...

An image shared on Facebook claims the late former president of Haiti Jovenel Moïse told the media the day before he was assassinated that he would expose fraud by the Clinton Foundation. Verdict: False There is no evidence Moïse announced he would expose the Clinton Foundation. The claim appears to stem from a satirical article.…

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