The world of information is complex – and false stories and visual effects are common in social networks. Blasting News publishes the most popular false news and misleading information every week to help you distinguish between truth and falsehood. These are the most general requirements of this week, none of which are legal.
Claims: Clint Eastwood said he voted against Biden.
The facts: A letter attributed to actor and director Clint Eastwood circulated on social media claiming to have voted against Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. The letter shared some of the insults Clint Eastwood Biden had accused Biden of.
It’s true: According to Reuters, a similar quote was published in 2013 without mentioning the name Biden. Clint Eastwood’s spokesperson revealed a statement that the director and actor supported neither Donald Trump nor Biden in connection with the upcoming presidential election.
Claims: The Governor of the State of Colorado, Jared Polis, a Democrat, plans to close COVID-19, which will prevent a personal vote and possibly limit Republican votes.
The facts: According to several social media reports, the Governor of Colorado, Jared Polis, a Democrat, said a very restrictive closure was part of the new, stricter restrictions imposed on Colorado to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Social media users condemn the fact that they will personally close the polls and suppress the votes of people, mostly Republicans, who prefer to vote personally.
It’s true: According to Reuters, Colorado is not yet at the level of home stay restrictions.
In addition, Polis’ spokesman told Reuters that polling stations will remain open and that Colorado residents will be able to vote in the next elections.
Claims: The 1956 film predicted the Covida-19 pandemic.
The facts: The video, which was reportedly recorded in February 1956, was widely distributed via social networks.
He shows some black and white frames, like a person writing on a typewriter or a map of East Asia. The voice-over says: Experts predict that by 2020 a new virus will emerge and spread from somewhere in Asia to the rest of the world.
It’s true: The video maker, author and satirist Max Patrick Schlinger, who uses the pseudonym RamsesThePigeon online, told AFP : The purpose of the video was to laugh at the most popular misinformation being spread at that time…
Specifically, Kovid-19 is a largely harmless virus, and the reaction to it has been exaggerated, he said.
Claims: Young people are more likely to develop what is known as long covide after the first infection with covide 19, said Health Minister Matt Hancock.
The facts: Health Minister Matt Hancock said on the 22nd. October in front of the House of Commons: We have two pieces of evidence; one from King’s College London, which shows that about one in twenty people with the coronavirus are likely to have long-term symptoms, but the other shows that in adults under 50 this proportion is more likely to be one in ten.
It’s true: According to FullFact, this statement by Hancock is based on research carried out at King’s College London.
According to the Fact Finding Agency, the above analysis, carried out on 21 December 2007, shows that the Commission’s analysis of the situation is not correct. October was published, in fact the opposite is true. The article shows that people over the age of 70 are about twice as likely as people under the age of 50 to be ill for more than eight weeks, which determines the length of the bay. The number compared to 10 people under the age of 50 is not important because it draws attention to those people whose symptoms lasted more than four weeks instead of eight and who are therefore not considered sick with long pig stools.
Claims: Soccer player Paul Pogba has left the French national football team because of the president’s statements about Islam.
The facts: Hundreds of reports have been published on social networks that footballer Paul Pogba left the French national football team after insulting the prophet of French president Emmanuel Macron.
This happened after the death of Samuel Pati, a French teacher who was killed by an islamic terrorist because he showed cartoons of the prophet Mohammed during a lesson on freedom of speech.
It’s true: Paul Pogba exposed his Instagram account by publishing a screenshot of an article about the sun: I am shocked, angry, shocked and disappointed, some media sources use me to write totally false headlines on the sensitive subject of French daily events and to put my religion and my French national team in the same pocket.
Claims: The US announces permanent electronic visas for Kenya and Liberia.
The facts: Messages posted on two Facebook pages, Liberia’s embassy in Washington, D.C. and Kenya’s embassy in Washington, D.C., and widely disseminated on social networking sites, say the U.S. government has announced permanent electronic visas for Kenya and Liberia.
In view of the consequences of the Covida 19 pandemic, President Donald Trump’s office has decided to facilitate access to the United States for certain specialists from both countries.
It’s true: According to the AFP Fact Check, the two parties behind the alleged announcements are not officially approved by their respective embassies in Washington. After the accusations became widespread, both embassies published statements on their official websites and declared them false and fraudulent.
Claims: The World Bank and the IMF were founded by the late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos and the late Philippine nationalist Jose Rizal.
The facts: Facebook reports that the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) were founded by the late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos and the late Philippine nationalist José Rizal.
It’s true: According to the AFP Fact Check, the statement is false. Ferdinand Marcos led the Philippines from 1965 to 1986. José Rizal was executed in 1896. His death triggered a struggle against Spanish colonial rule in the Philippines. However, the World Bank and the IMF were only established in the United States of America after the Bretton Woods Conference in 1944, five decades after Rizal’s death and two decades before Marcos was elected president.
Claims: The photo shows a passport issued for the transport of the Ramses II mummy from Egypt to France.
The facts: Facebook news has shared the image of an alleged passport issued in 1976 in the name of the mummy Ramses II. According to the authorities, the document was created to bring the remains of the Pharaoh from Egypt to France and to carry out repairs.
It’s true: According to the Spanish research bureau Newtral, the remains of Ramses II were indeed transported from Egypt to France in 1976, but the passport details are incorrect. A reverse search on the internet shows that the general image of the passport is in fact an illustration published by Heritage Daily in March 2020 to show the documents that France demanded from Egypt to allow the mummy to enter its territory. There is a red message under the photo published by the Heritage Daily: Creation of a passport by the artist – photo for representative purposes.
Claims: The video shows how forest fires are caused by governments.
The facts: In the Facebook news a video was posted with a helicopter setting fire to parts of the forest.
At the signing of the reports it is stated that the photographs are proof that the forest fires were caused by the government.
It’s true: According to the fact-checking service of the Peruvian newspaper La República, the photographs actually show the use of controlled combustion techniques, which are specifically used to fight large forest fires. Thanks to the reverse internet search, the AFP Fact Check received the information published on the 21st. August 2020 published an original video and contacted the author of the photos. The man claimed to be a firefighter and guaranteed that the photographs would show the use of controlled combustion techniques with helicopters, also called helicopter torches.
Claims: China will only use the Swedish Kovid-19 vaccine.
The facts: According to Facebook reports, the Chinese government negotiated the purchase of doses of the Covid 19 vaccine, developed by the Anglo-Swedish pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, for use by the population, rather than opting for vaccines developed in the country, such as CoronaVac, the Chinese pharmaceutical company Sinovac.
It’s true: According to the Brazilian research bureau Lupa, this allegation is false. The spread of rumours in the social media could be based on the fact that the Chinese laboratory Shenzhen Kangtai on 6. On 1 August 2020, AstraZeneca signed an agreement for the production of 100 million experimental doses of vaccines in China, developed by AstraZeneca in collaboration with Oxford University. However, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), there are at least four Chinese vaccines that are in the third phase of clinical trials and have been tested in the population, including CoronaVac. However, there is still no vaccine that has been shown to be effective against Covid-19.
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