The world of information is complex – and false stories and images are rife on Social Media Each week, the editors at Blasting News publish the most popular hoaxes and misleading information to help you tell the truth from the lie. These are the most common demands of this week, none of which are legitimate.
Complaints: According to a screenshot from Fox News, 400,000 Americans died within 9 hours of Biden’s presidency.
The facts: The screenshot from Fox News was published on social media : Joe Biden was president for nine hours and 400,000 Americans died.
It’s true: In the top right corner of the screenshot, we see the Daily Show watermark with Trevor Noah, which is the name of the account that also shared the screenshot first. The Daily Show describes itself as a satirical Twitter site featuring news stories by Trevor Noah and the World’s Fakest News Team. Therefore, this post is incorrect and the screenshot has been modified.
Complaints: Former US President Donald Trump has launched a new US political party, the Patriot Party.
The facts: The Wall Street Journal reported that Donald Trump had floated the idea of creating a new American political party, the Patriot Party. After the announcement, Trump supporters began promoting the party on social media creating an official page and starting to sell goodies like Patriot Party t-shirts.
One supporter even went so far as to file documents with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to obtain financial assistance to help break the party.
It’s true: Following this communication to the FEC, Mr. Trump’s official campaign issued a statement that there had been confusion among the public that could be misleading in believing that Mr. Trump’s Patriot Party or the PSTD had been sanctioned – or that contributions to this unauthorized committee were made to the PSTD – when in fact they had not.
The new patriotic MAGA party, pro-Donald Trump has filed official documents with the Texas federal government! https://t.co/OS0rybpCQx
– Renato Oliveira (@rcunha38) 28 January 2021
Complaints: After the inauguration of US President Joe Biden Internet users noted that he had a Chinese bodyguard, proving that he works for China.
The facts: On the day of the inauguration, Internet users began sharing video footage with the head of the president’s defense team.
He is described as Chinese, and Internet users believe he is a member of the Chinese Communist Party. The allegations that Biden is working for China are therefore mixed.
It’s true: The man in these photos is David Cho, an American citizen of Korean descent, decorated and longtime member of the US Secret Service He served in the Trump administration, according to Reuters.
Complaints: Facebook has allowed users to install a tracking device on their phones.
The facts: The fee has been paid since the 23rd. The month of January was shared 1,500 times. Another Facebook user showed the Tracking tab in a screenshot of Apple iPhone’s privacy settings. The signature is written: For those who were not on Facebook this morning …. Check your phones, it seems we have a new application installed on our phones.
It’s true: The tracking feature on Apple devices is part of Apple’s iOS 14, which will be released in 2020. The idea is to give Apple users more control over their own data and privacy. To use this tracking feature, users must explicitly allow downloaded applications to use their data, Reuters reports.
Complaints: A comparison of the inaugurations of Trump and Biden shows that the US election was stolen.
The facts: The posts on social media compare two images, one of Donald Trump’s inauguration in 2017 and the other of Joe Biden’s inauguration on the 20th. January 2021.
The reports suggest that the fact that Trump’s inauguration photo shows a crowd of supporters while Biden’s photo shows only a few proves that the Republican has far more popular support than the Democrat and that the 2020 US election was therefore stolen.
It’s true: First of all: The two images in the posts are correct. However, it should be noted that Trump’s inauguration took place on the 20th. January 2017 did not take place during the pandemic, as it did during Biden’s inauguration last week. As part of efforts to stop the transmission of the new coronavirus, only official guests attended Joe Biden’s ceremony. Democratic Party supporters, for their part, were invited by authorities to watch the ceremony from their homes through the media.
Complaints: Face masks and vaccination increased mortality in COPID-19 patients in the UK
The facts: Some social media users have questioned the effectiveness of both the masks and the vaccine. A chart showing the number of deaths in the UK during the pandemic was posted online. This shows that the number of deaths in the UK has increased since October – despite two suspensions, mandatory masks and the start of the vaccine rollout. Notes such as: WHY are we here if the blockade works, if the masks work, if social distancing works, if a new vaccine works? Something’s obviously not working. The biggest common denominators are the continued use of masks and the vaccine, as described by Internet users
It’s true: According to Reuters, there is no proven link between the increase in deaths since October and the use of masks and the vaccine.
Scientific evidence, shared by the WHO, has shown that masks are an effective way to fight the virus. Individuals who receive the vaccine from Pfizer and Oxford-AstraZeneca will need two doses before they receive maximum protection against COVID-19. So far, more than six million people in the UK have received their first dose, but 400,000 have received two doses. So according to Reuters, it’s too early to see the effects of the vaccine. In addition, the new variant of coronavirus emerging in the UK is likely responsible for the increased mortality rate. It is at least 70% more transmissible and can be more deadly, according to some scientists.
Complaints: The pharmacist performs an antigen test with Coca-Cola and gets a positive result.
The facts: A video showing a pharmacist performing an antigen test has been viewed more than 300,000 times and posted online more than 40,000 times.
In the video, a man puts a few drops of Coca-Cola on the AAZ test, which is used to determine if you are infected with the coronavirus. A few minutes later, he says the test is positive.
It’s true: During a meeting on Tuesday 26. In a January 1 statement, French manufacturer AAZ, which is behind this antigen test, responded to the video, stating that this lemonade clearly does not contain the Covid 19 virus. He explains that the person used the antigen test incorrectly, causing a chemical test reaction instead of an immunological reaction. The explanation adds that the test must be used with the extraction reagent [which is not the case in the video] included in the kit, which is essential. It plays a crucial role because it balances the pH of the reaction, which ensures the proper functioning of the test.
Moreover, the man in the video told AFP: We were joking around with some friends. I’ve seen conspiracy ideas that have taken over my video, things that I struggle with, and now I’m their standard-bearer, it’s terrible, I’m completely overwhelmed, he said.
Complaints: The pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca is owned by the richest man in China.
The facts: A Facebook account in the name of South African politician Vitie Mentor is spreading the allegation that AstraZeneca belongs to the HIGH RIGHT CHINESE in Hong Kong who have CONNECTIONS with the CHINESE GOVERNMENT. According to AFP, the post has been shared hundreds of times.
It’s true: AFP reports that the Facebook account is unverified and known for spreading false and unsubstantiated information about COVID-19. Moreover, the European Pharmaceutical Journal describes AstraZeneca as an Anglo-Swedish pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical multinational. The website also indicates that its headquarters are in Cambridge, United Kingdom The CEO is not the richest Chinese, but a Frenchman named Pascal Soriot, reports AFP.
Complaints: Biden received an official letter from Trump saying: You know I won.
The facts: A photo posted on Facebook purports to show a letter Donald Trump sent to Joe Biden on the 20th. January 2020 on the occasion of the Democrat’s inauguration. On the document, which bears the seal of the President of the United States is only the sentence Joe, you know I won.
It’s true: Forensic analysis of the image, conducted by the AFP Fact Check using the InVID-WeVerify tool, shows that the letter has been digitally manipulated. AFP also points out that the text of the letter circulating on Social media differs from the text used by the White House in its official communications. Moreover, the same model letter was used in other rumors about the former US president. Trump did leave a letter for his successor, but the contents of the document were not disclosed.
Complaints: A video shows people fainting after being given the Covid 19 vaccine.
The facts: Facebook, YouTube and TikTok have featured tens of thousands of videos of people who have fainted in Indonesia after being given the vaccine Covid 19.
It’s true: A reverse Internet search shows that the shared images were originally published on the 11th. February 2018 were published showing that students became ill after receiving diphtheria vaccine at schools on the Indonesian island of Madura.
Complaints: NASA has announced that the sun may rise in the west…
The facts: Messages shared thousands of times on Facebook claim that NASA has announced the possibility of a western sunrise. NASA confirms the possibility of a sunrise in the west. The earth rotates in the opposite direction of the sunrise in the west. Researchers believe we are heading for a reverse magnetic field that will lead us to the end of humanity and the approach of the apocalypse, the title of the message.
It’s true: In a statement to AFP, NASA said Neither NASA nor any other scientific organization predicts that the sun will rise in the west. Magnetic pole reversal is a real phenomenon that has occurred many times in the past, and scientists around the world study it, but the reversal that causes the Earth to rotate in the opposite direction to cause the Sun to rise in the west is false.
Complaints: Lula was voted the most corrupt leader in history by Transparency International.
The facts: An article published on the website Veja Oeste and subsequently circulated on Social Media claims that former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was voted the most corrupt leader in history in a ranking by the non-governmental organization Transparency International.
It’s true: According to Brazilian fact-finding firm Aos Fatos, there is no ranking on Transparency International’s website that identifies Lula as the most corrupt leader in history.
Articles circulating on the Internet include the name of the former Brazilian president in Transparency International’s 2004 Global Corruption Report.
Accusations: Europeans are forced to work until they are 70.
The facts: On Facebook, it is claimed that Europeans are being forced to work until they are 70 so that the state can continue to support cultures that do not want to work.
It’s true: Contrary to claims, retirement at age 65 was the norm in most EU countries until a few years ago according to the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound). Some countries, such as Ireland (68 years by 2028) and Germany (67 years by 2031), plan to increase the statutory retirement age in the coming years as a result of rising life expectancy.
However, no European country has set or plans to set the minimum retirement age at 70.
Complaints: Immigrants are one of the priority groups in the Covid 19 vaccination programme.
The facts: Reports on TikTok and Twitter say immigrants and refugees have been given priority for the Covid 19 vaccine in Spain. These include a computer graphic showing a vaccination schedule proposed by the Spanish Ministry of Health, divided into eight groups. In the table, immigrants and refugees are in the top five, ahead of key workers (such as transport and education) and people over 55.
It’s true: According to the Spanish agency Maldit, the computer graphics are part of a study published in November 2020 by the independent scientific platform GCMSC (Multidisciplinary Collaborative Group for the Scientific Monitoring of Covid-19) and have nothing to do with the Spanish government or the country’s current vaccination program.
Based on the plans este Gobierno Buenista, inclusivo, feminista e políticamente correcto, es prioritario vacunar antes contra la Covid-19 a los presos y a los inmigrantes ilegales que a la mayoría de ciudadanos.
Los futuros, the PSOE voters and the Podemos?
No, thanks for coming. pic.twitter.com/3Ijd2gPUMV
– Guaje Salvaje (@GuajeSalvaje) January 23, 2021
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