Viewing Month: March 2021

Viral Posts Misuse VAERS Data to Make False Claims About COVID-19 Vaccines

March 31, 2021 /

SciCheck Digest Social media posts repeatedly misuse unverified data from the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System to falsely claim that COVID-19 vaccines are dangerous, and…

FactChecking Biden’s Claim that Assault Weapons Ban Worked

March 26, 2021 /

President Joe Biden claims the 10-year assault weapons ban that he helped shepherd through the Senate as part of the 1994 crime bill “brought down…

Bogus Claims About Biden’s Treatment of Homeless Veterans

March 26, 2021 /

Quick Take After the Biden administration said it would spend $86 million to temporarily house immigrants at the southern border in hotels, viral posts —…

Pfizer CEO Got Vaccinated, Contrary to Claim in Video

March 26, 2021 /

SciCheck Digest A video making the false claim that the Pfizer CEO “refuses” to get a COVID-19 vaccine has been circulating on Facebook. But the…

Texas Doctor Spreads False Claims About COVID-19 Vaccines

March 26, 2021 /

SciCheck Digest Federal officials authorized two mRNA vaccines for COVID-19 after they were determined to be safe and effective against symptomatic illness in clinical trials.…

FactChecking Biden’s First Press Conference

March 25, 2021 /

In his first press conference since being inaugurated 64 days ago, President Joe Biden got some facts wrong: Biden claimed that former President Donald Trump…

Arizona Governor Cherry-Picks Illegal Immigration Data to Exaggerate Rise Under Biden

March 24, 2021 /

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey exaggerated the rise in people trying to cross the southern border illegally under President Joe Biden, when he said there has…

Three False Claims About the Federal Voting Rights Bill

March 24, 2021 /

Quick Take Claims mischaracterizing a federal voting rights bill have been circulating on social media. The proposed law would not “ban” state voter ID laws,…

The Facts on the Increase in Illegal Immigration

March 23, 2021 /

Democrats and Republicans are pointing fingers over an increase in illegal immigration at the southern border, and notably an increase in children traveling alone. While…

Posts Misrepresent Columbia’s Multicultural Graduation Ceremonies

March 22, 2021 /

Quick Take Columbia University will supplement its regular 2021 graduation ceremony with multicultural ceremonies for members of the Latinx, Asian, Black and other student communities…