Old Photo of Biden Motorcade Misrepresented Online

July 30, 2021 /

Quick Take Viral social media posts are purporting a photo — which shows a motorcade being met by a swarm of flags supporting former President…

Flawed Variant Information Fuels Baseless COVID-19 Theory

July 29, 2021 /

SciCheck Digest A conspiracy theory online baselessly suggests that the World Health Organization and other groups preplanned the variants of the novel coronavirus — citing…

Posts Baselessly Link COVID-19 Tests to Vaccine Conspiracy Theory

July 27, 2021 /

SciCheck Digest The COVID-19 vaccines currently in use must be administered via injection. But Instagram posts baselessly suggest that Bill Gates and George Soros will…

Viral Posts Misrepresent CDC Announcement on COVID-19 PCR Test

July 26, 2021 /

SciCheck Digest Scientists consider polymerase chain reaction, or PCR, tests a highly reliable tool for diagnosing COVID-19. But social media posts are misrepresenting a recent…

Businessman’s Social Media Post Distorts Facts on Definition of a Pandemic

July 20, 2021 /

SciCheck Digest A businessman’s post on Instagram and Facebook wrongly claims that the U.S. government “changed the definition of pandemic” in 2004, suggesting that COVID-19…

Photo Shows 2018 France World Cup Celebration, Not Vaccine Protest

July 19, 2021 /

SciCheck Digest Social media posts are misrepresenting an old photo from France by suggesting the sea of people in the streets shows “[p]eople are waking…

Flawed Paper on COVID-19 Vaccines, Deaths Spreads Widely Before Retraction

July 2, 2021 /

SciCheck Digest The COVID-19 vaccines have been shown in trials and real-world application to be safe and effective. But a paper shared widely online claimed…

Social Media Posts Mislead on Harris Border Trip

June 25, 2021 /

Quick Take Some popular online posts suggest that Vice President Kamala Harris’ trip to El Paso is “over 1000 miles away” from the “border crisis.”…

Research Rebuts Claims Linking COVID-19 Vaccines to Male Infertility

June 17, 2021 /

SciCheck Digest A new study found there was no negative effect on sperm levels in men after receiving the COVID-19 vaccines, undercutting suggestions that the…

Viral Video Misleadingly Questions Safety of Nasal Swabs

June 16, 2021 /

SciCheck Digest A chemical widely used to sterilize medical devices is also used for nasal swabs in COVID-19 testing. But a viral video misleadingly suggests…