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# factcheck - Monday 6 July, 2020

WATCH: How Covid-19 brought misinformation to Ireland

A panel of experts explore one of the major ways the coronavirus pandemic has changed our lives.

# factcheck - Friday 3 July, 2020

FactFind: Here is how Covid-19 deaths are counted in Ireland

A Hiqa report has noted a 13% increase in deaths in Ireland during the pandemic.

# factcheck - Thursday 2 July, 2020

Join the Zoom discussion: How Covid-19 brought misinformation to Ireland

Join TheJournal.ie and a panel of experts tomorrow to explore another way the coronavirus pandemic has changed our lives.

# factcheck - Sunday 28 June, 2020

Debunked: Irish people in colonies were not slaves - they were indentured servants

Posts that are being shared on social media claim Irish people ‘experienced the horrors of slavery’ more than African people.

# factcheck - Thursday 25 June, 2020

FactCheck: Does Ireland have the highest Covid-19 infection rate for healthcare workers in the world?

The claim was made by INMO General Secretary, Phil Ní Sheaghdha.

# factcheck - Tuesday 23 June, 2020

Debunked: This photograph showing Donald Trump and Jeffrey Epstein embracing is a fake

The original image, which has been doctored, showed Trump with his daughter Ivanka in the 1990s.

# factcheck - Thursday 18 June, 2020

Debunked: Irish people were not the first slaves to arrive in the American colonies

Slave trading from Africa to the Americas began around 100 years before 1619, and indentured servitude is not the same as chattel slavery.

# factcheck - Friday 12 June, 2020

Debunked: It's false to claim that fewer than 100 people have died directly from Covid-19

Over 1,600 people with Covid-19 have died in Ireland.

# factcheck - Thursday 11 June, 2020

Debunked: No, Leo Varadkar is not going to the Supreme Court to make a coronavirus vaccine mandatory

Claims made in a Facebook post are confirmed to be false by Department of An Taoiseach

# factcheck - Friday 5 June, 2020

Debunked: No, "COV 19" was not found inscribed on a circuit board for a 5G mast

The claim was made in a video that has gone viral on social media.

Debunked: No, leaving hand sanitiser in your car during hot weather won’t cause it to catch fire

False claims on Facebook suggests the flammable liquid poses a threat if left in a hot car.

# factcheck - Thursday 4 June, 2020

Debunked: No, Italy hasn't discovered that Covid-19 is a bacterium rather than a virus

The Covid-19 disease is caused by a virus, not bacteria.

# factcheck - Tuesday 2 June, 2020

Debunked: No, some Penneys stores are not reopening on a trial basis this week

It appears as though misinformation about Penneys reopening is being deliberately shared in a bid to dupe people.

# factcheck - Saturday 30 May, 2020

Debunked: No, Anthony Fauci did not say a Covid-19 vaccine must be delivered to people without 'proper studies'

Fauci has been falsely quoted on a number of social media posts.

Debunked: Do European air travel guidelines show there is no need to quarantine visitors from overseas?

Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary made a number of claims about Covid-19 and air travel on radio this week.

# factcheck - Friday 29 May, 2020

Debunked: No, Bill Gates didn't brief the CIA in 2005 about a vaccine to immunise religious fanatics

The hoax video shows a man who has a passing resemblance to Gates – but it’s a hoax.

Debunked: No, Bill Gates, Melinda Gates, Anthony Fauci and the WHO are not being charged with genocide

The false message being shared on Facebook claims they are due to appear before a human rights tribunal next week.

'We're fed up with it': Trump signs executive order following factchecking row with Twitter

Trump said the factchecks were ‘editorial decisions’ by Twitter and amounted to political activism.

# factcheck - Wednesday 27 May, 2020

Debunked: No, Italy does not want to charge Bill Gates with crimes against humanity

The claim has its origins in a speech made by Sara Cunial, a member of the Italian Parliament.

# factcheck - Tuesday 26 May, 2020

Debunked: No, Donald Trump did not say he'd run as a Republican because of their 'dumb voters'

A commonly-shared image purporting to be from a 1998 interview with People Magazine is a fake.

# factcheck - Friday 22 May, 2020

Debunked: No, the world has not been wrongly treating Covid-19 as pneumonia

A post on Facebook claims that medics should treat Covid-19 as thrombosis, not pneumonia.

Debunked: No, the 'survival rate' for Covid-19 is not above 99.9% Covid19 Facts This post contains videos

Debunked: No, the 'survival rate' for Covid-19 is not above 99.9%

This claim has been going around the internet for the past week.

# factcheck - Friday 15 May, 2020

Debunked: No, TheJournal.ie is not closing down

We’re extremely happy to be able to debunk this one.

# factcheck - Wednesday 13 May, 2020

Debunked: The viral video Plandemic makes a series of false claims about Covid-19

The 26-minute video was viewed millions of times before social media giants took it down.

# factcheck - Tuesday 12 May, 2020

Debunked: No, the government hasn't issued a €350 payment to everyone in the country

Members of the public have been warned about a text scam in recent days.

# factcheck - Monday 11 May, 2020

Debunked: No, a Nazi flag was not flown in Belfast on VE day

The picture shared in a Facebook post is real, but it is from July 2015.

# factcheck - Saturday 9 May, 2020

Debunked: TheJournal.ie and other outlets are not organising a 'clap for our government' tonight

A fake image on social media claims that media organisations and Fine Gael are calling for people to applaud the government tonight.

# factcheck - Thursday 7 May, 2020

Debunked: No, Ireland's golf courses did not reopen on Saturday

A letter claiming to be from Golf Union Ireland stated golf courses were set to reopen on 2 May.

# factcheck - Wednesday 6 May, 2020

Debunked: No, this video does not show people having a 'street party' in Dublin last week

A post shared on Facebook claims to show a party taking place in Dublin on 1 May, but the footage is older than that.

# factcheck - Tuesday 5 May, 2020

Debunked: No, the British army is not setting up a 'military camp' at Long Kesh prison

A post on Facebook claims that the British army are to set up a ‘military camp’ at the site of the former Maze Prison.

# factcheck - Saturday 2 May, 2020

Debunked: No, postural drainage is not an 'easy' way to treat Covid-19 pneumonia

The HSE said routine breathing tests and mobilising are more appropriate for Covid-19 patients than this method.

# factcheck - Thursday 30 April, 2020

Debunked: No, researchers did not 'invent' the coronavirus in 2015

Posts speculating about the origin of the virus have been widely shared in recent weeks.

# factcheck - Wednesday 29 April, 2020

Debunked: No, this footage does not show NPHET members ignoring social distancing

An image was widely shared on social media after file footage appeared on RTÉ news bulletins.

Debunked: No, this message from a Covid-19 app asking why a person is 20km from home is not real

The false message originated in Australia but is being widely shared here.

# factcheck - Tuesday 28 April, 2020

Not enough is being done to label fake news on social media sites - report

FuJo Director Jane Suiter said that the “most significant shortcoming of empowering consumers” was labelling trustworthy content.

Debunked: No, this image does not show an official government announcement about the lifting of restrictions

This image has been shared widely on WhatsApp recently.

# factcheck - Thursday 23 April, 2020

Debunked: No, there wasn't a vaccine for Covid-19 back in 2001

A piece of misinformation being shared widely claims that a vaccine existed 19 years ago. This is untrue.

Debunked: No, Donald Trump didn't tweet he'd 'never let thousands die' in a pandemic back in 2009

The US President says lots of things. But he didn’t say this.

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