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A blogpost shared by Health and Money News features two doctors — Dr. Wodarg and Dr. Yeadon — with the claim that the COVID-19 Vaccine is female sterilizing. It was reported that the vaccine could form an immune response against a spike protein called syncytin-1, thereby training the female body to infertility...
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A recent Facebook post claims that Cannabis has been officially established to be a medicine following a historic UN vote. The post does not mention any source for the claim but it is referring to the recent vote undertaken by the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) regarding marijuana and its derivatives...
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The internet is agog with a claim that Dr Roger Hodkinson, a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons committee in Ottawa, Canada, called Covid-19 a hoax. This claim has been widely reported on Twitter, as can be seen here, here, and here, as well as other social media platforms. How true...
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A post, which appears to be an offshoot, has gone viral on Instagram. Shared by one user with the name Akademiks, the screenshot has about 75, 000 likes and almost 7, 000 comments. Contained in the screenshot is the photo of American rapper, Nle Chopper, with a statement that claims vaccines developed...
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A viral tweet (archive) claims that church bells were rung in Paris to celebrate the news of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris winning the 2020 US presidential election. The tweet contains a 21-second video showing the skyline of Paris. The video has over 1 million views and the tweet has been retweeted over...
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Social media posts including links to a clip in which a man claims that a Covid-19 vaccine which contains chemicals that are likely to cause or promote infertility have been approved by the UK government are being shared on the internet. This claim is false. The man in the video is a YouTuber who calls...
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There has not been a shortage of theories as to what could be the side effects of wearing masks, especially from anti-mask groups and individuals since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. The latest theory as it relates to masks comes from a social media post which claimed wearing masks can cause...
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News that Putin's daughter is dead after taking a Covid-19 vaccine is circulating on social media, this news is false. This news originated from an article titled "Vladimir Putin's daughter DIES after the second dose of COVID vaccine" published on the 15th of August by the website, TorontoToday.net....
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A Facebook post has claimed that the World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a new guideline on the use of masks. Since the outbreak of coronavirus, the WHO has recommended various guidelines as it relates to safety and precaution of individuals, which are to be followed in order to be properly protected...
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There is no shortage of misinformation about the Covid-19 pandemic and what is going around on social media this time is that the virus can be treated with Aspirin. This claim is false. Although there are very many versions of how Aspirin can help to prevent Covid-19 by adding it to other substances...
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A viral Facebook post with the headline, “Face Mask Safety — Know The Facts Before You Wear One” made 6 claims causing a panic among the social media users. The Facebook user who posted an image cited, “I’m starting a public movement called TAKE IT OFF.” The image listed out 6 different claims mentioning...
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A recent Facebook post has gone viral warning users about the dangers of the Bluegill fish. The post has over 9 thousand shares and claims that the freshwater fish is responsible for over 500 deaths in the United States annually. The post also states that the bluegill fish is related to the carnivorous...
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An image of a crowd densely packed claimed to be of a protest in Berlin against the restrictions over coronavirus. The picture shows thousands of people flocking the streets and the original post user wrote, “Berlin today, thousands upon thousands protesting the lockdown”. The user went on to question...
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A social media post which originated from a Facebook account with the name, ‘Setting The Record Straight Michigan’ has garnered a lot of attention since it was first posted on July 27th. As at the time of writing, the post which claimed wearing dirty face masks could cause the deadly legionnaire’s disease...
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In July 2020, social media posts insinuating that age fluidity is a recognized concept to support pedophilia is circulating on the internet amidst replies of outrage. These posts are not true. According to social media users, age fluidity is a concept which allows people (specifically those who are...
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During a July interview with CNN, Kentucky junior Senator, Rand Paul had claimed that he and other people who had contracted the coronavirus pandemic at some point and recovered from it are now immune to the virus. Paul who is a trained Physician appears to be speaking from a position of authority going...
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In July 2020, the Campaign Against Antisemitism group shared the link of an article claiming that Twitter blocked proud Jews who used the star of David symbol on their Twitter pages. This article was born out of a misunderstanding. According to the Campaign Against Antisemitism, Twitter accounts of many...
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In the past few days, many social media posts have been sharing different claims about the origin of the coronavirus. While there have been many theories about the origin of the pandemic since its outbreak, the latest claim is offering a narrative that the COVID-19 was planned by the Rockefeller Foundation...
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A Facebook post which supposedly contained the list of home treatments approved for treating the COVID-19 pandemic has been going around in the past few days. The long post which was meticulously written and even contained advice for people at various ‘stages’ of the epidemic ended with the words, ‘Do...
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There are many schools of thoughts as it regards to the use of face masks to combat the spread of the coronavirus in the United States. While some thinks it is great, others think it is not needed and these stances have always led to various narratives, most of which are always misleading and unfounded...
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Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, a lot of fake news involving the virus has been circulating on the internet. These fake news range from miracle cures to recently, Russia perfecting a vaccine for the virus even though it just completed its first phase of the vaccine testing. The fake...
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When an Amber Alert was issued and all cellphones in Wisconsin received a pop-up on July 6, 2020, it was about Kodie Dutcher, aged 10 reported missing from her home in Baraboo. While the search continued through the night, a Facebook post was widely shared which said, “So Amber Alerts work for kids in...
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On July 16, 2020, several prominent personalities’ Twitter accounts were hacked by bitcoin scam hackers who posted promotional content to a bitcoin scam. Along with these personalities, even major companies like Apple and Uber were also hacked resulting in hundreds of millions of Twitter users receiving...
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Recently, John, an 80-year-old pensioner in Queensland saw a picture of David Koch, a popular TV personality promoting a bitcoin business. While he did not pay much heed to it, a few days later he bumped into a similar ad – this time with an entrepreneur Dick Smith’s picture. Although he hesitated, since...
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It is not strange that most community frowns at the idea of pedophilic behaviors with claims that it is outrightly unethical. As such, any media platform that supports this behavior would be equally frowned at, that is sure. So, it was not surprising to see countless number of petitions being directed...
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Recently, an image purporting to show the former president of the United States, Barack Obama Melinda Gates, and Dr Anthony Fauci at a Wuhan lab in 2015 during a grant of 3.7 million dollars has been circulating on social media. This picture is miscaptioned. While the photograph itself exists, other...
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A Facebook user who goes by the name, Connie J. Helm had claimed in a lengthy post on her account that the popular over the counter antihistamine, Benadryl is effective in treating rattlesnake bites. In the post which now has over 13 thousand shares and close to 4 thousand likes, Connie had claimed to...
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On two separate occasions, Republican US Senator John Cornyn and California State Senator Melissa Melendez spoke on their controversial views regarding susceptibility of children to COVID-19, which was met with backlash. Cornyn was quoted telling NBC DFW, “The good news is if you look again at the numbers...
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A new variant of Joker malware hijacked 11 apps that were removed from the Play Store by Google. If you still have one of these installed, you must consider uninstalling them right away! Here is a list: · com.imagecompress.android · com.contact.withme.texts · com.hmvoice.friendsms ·...
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Social Media users have been sharing posts insinuating that Coronavirus is neither airborne nor contagious and cannot be transmitted from one person to another. These posts are false. The origin of this post can be traced back to a clip of World Health Organization's technical lead on the coronavirus...
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Wearing a face mask is not just mandatory in some countries or states, but it is also essential for your protection and safety against the deadly coronavirus pandemic. While scientists and health officials have confirmed the effectiveness of masks in protecting people from the virus so far, there have...
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Recently, a Facebook Post which originated from the account of one Samuel G. Cohen had claimed that the spot where the test samples of COVID-19 is being taken from is close to your blood brain barrier, and such a procedure could have a serious health implication in the future. The viral post which has...
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When a Twitter user shared the picture of what appears to be a large bat hanging in the backyard of a house, it soon went viral and netizens were stunned to see the existence of a human-sized bat. Considering the majority of the deadly epidemics being linked to bats, such a giant bat scared and spooked...
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In the past few days, a social media post claiming the World Health Organization (WHO) is offering people work from home jobs in a bid to defeat the deadly COVID-19 pandemic is doing the rounds across various platforms. The post which was first shared on Facebook as can be seen here and has then been...
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On 4th July 2020, Chinese authorities reported 2 positive cases for the Bubonic plague in Inner Mongolia autonomous region. According to the officials, patients complained of fever and upon testing were confirmed to carry this plague caused by a bacterial infection. Immediately, the Chinese government...
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A post which was made on Facebook about how the United Nations is planning on establishing a one world government as a part of its mission goals has generated a lot of engagements and controversies over the past few days on the social media platform. The post which was made by a Facebook account with...
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Posts insinuating that the phone service outage which occurred on June 15 in the US was for the purpose of adding Covid-19 tracking apps into people's phones without their consents have been circulating online since the service outage. Many Facebook and Twitter users have expressed that the addition...
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The Annual Solar Eclipse on June 21, 2020 paved the way to the internet being flooded with eclipse pictures from both amateurs and professional photographers alike. When a Twitter user shared a stunning picture of Solar Eclipse, it soon went viral and was widely shared among Twitter, Facebook, and WhatsApp...
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A recent Facebook post makes several bold claims on the effectiveness of various face masks. Shared 26 thousand times, the post lists several reasons for why 3 different types of masks are not optimal at preventing the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, are these claims accurate? Let’s examine...
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A familiar “new Facebook rule” status is circulating around, urging users to re-post it as a legal notice to stop Facebook from making their posts and photos public. Recently, several Facebook users were seen posting the following on their timeline: There is no point in doing that at all. Facebook has...
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In a recent report by Brett Christensen of Hoaxslayer.com there has been a new round of phishing scams specifically mentioning Apple as the originator. This scam involves an email purportedly sent by Apple stating to the recipient that their account has expired. They then direct the reader to get more...
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A recent Facebook post seems to show evidence that media coverage regarding the ongoing coronavirus pandemic is an elaborate hoax. The post further claims that this is part of a “PsyOp” (psychological operation) that is meant to influence the public’s behavior. The image shows around a dozen body bags...
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LogMeIn, a SaaS company offering cloud-based remote-connectivity collaboration services, CSM, and IT services, has recently released a blog post warning its users of a recent attack by hackers piggybacking on the Covid-19 to gain access to people’s accounts. According to a blog post from LogMeIn, reports...
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There has been a claim in social media that U.S. Centres of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) expected or planned the COVID 19 outbreak. The basis of this was a job posting by CDC in November, 2019 where they intended to hire a Public Health Advisor for Quarantine Program. Several started posting...
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Due to an “incorrectly configured database”, the data of over 900,000 users of Virgin Media was unknowingly exposed online for over 10 months, make it vulnerable to hacks. The company later confirmed that their data was accessed at least on one occasion by someone who had no access. That leaves phone...
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A message claiming to be based on a study from Medical University of Vienna made rounds across the world in WhatsApp groups and went viral. According to the message, using Ibuprofen makes the virus multiply and so causes death of Coronavirus positive patient. The Medical University of Vienna explicitly...
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When an American singer, Keri Hilson tweeted to her 4.2 million followers about how 5G networks have caused the Coronavirus pandemic in series of tweets, the opinion soon went viral and several online tabloids and outlets misquoted her opinion as a legit news, which it was not. The chaos it caused resulted...
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For several days, Oprah was the trending celebrity on Twitter and Facebook, but only for wrong reasons. When certain influencers tweeted out the fake news that stated Oprah was arrested because of her involvement in sex-trafficking, the news immediately went viral and was picked up and reported by several...
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Puerto Rican government agency Industrial Development Company received an email that demanded a change to the remittance payments banking account. Since the email appeared to be a legit email from a pension fund department employee, $2.6 million was sent to the new bank account. However, when the actual...
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