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# factcheck - Wednesday 24 June, 2020

Debunked: No, all UK residents won't have to get microchipped starting from January 2021
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# Debunked

Debunked: No, all UK residents won't have to get microchipped starting from January 2021

Jun 24th 2020, 4:57 PM 12,413 Views 8 Comments

The letter was confirmed as a fake by the UK Cabinet Office.

# factcheck - Tuesday 23 June, 2020

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

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

Jun 23rd 2020, 6:35 PM 20,020 Views 0 Comments

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
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# Debunk

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

Jun 18th 2020, 6:00 PM 60,518 Views 124 Comments

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

# factcheck - Tuesday 16 June, 2020

Debunked: No, contact tracing apps have not been installed on every Android phone
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# Debunked

Debunked: No, contact tracing apps have not been installed on every Android phone

Jun 16th 2020, 1:52 PM 11,021 Views 21 Comments

The Department of Health confirms that the tracing app won’t be made mandatory.

# factcheck - Friday 12 June, 2020

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

Jun 12th 2020, 4:16 PM 1,404 Views 2 Comments

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
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# Debunked

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

Jun 11th 2020, 8:00 PM 1,164 Views 1 Comment

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
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# Factcheck

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

Jun 5th 2020, 5:50 PM 23,352 Views 42 Comments

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
# Misinformation
# Misinformation

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

Jun 5th 2020, 6:05 AM 28,091 Views 24 Comments

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
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# Debunked

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

Jun 4th 2020, 6:45 AM 39,780 Views 24 Comments

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
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

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

Jun 2nd 2020, 7:00 PM 24,950 Views 9 Comments

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'
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# Debunked

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

May 30th 2020, 9:00 PM 29,537 Views 77 Comments

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?
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# Debunked

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

May 30th 2020, 12:05 AM 42,351 Views 91 Comments

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
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# Factcheck

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

May 29th 2020, 5:48 PM 42,955 Views 3 Comments

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
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# Factcheck

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

May 29th 2020, 3:26 PM 32,371 Views 86 Comments

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
# Executive Order
# Executive Order

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

May 29th 2020, 7:01 AM 38,905 Views 100 Comments

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
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# Debunked

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

May 27th 2020, 11:35 AM 20,870 Views 108 Comments

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'
# Republicans
# Republicans

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

May 26th 2020, 5:52 PM 30,283 Views 29 Comments

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
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# Factcheck

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

May 22nd 2020, 9:15 PM 27,376 Views 4 Comments

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
# Covid19 Facts

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

May 22nd 2020, 12:03 AM 108,979 Views 124 Comments

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
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# Debunked

Debunked: No, TheJournal.ie is not closing down

May 15th 2020, 2:34 PM 1,830 Views 0 Comments

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
# Covid19 Facts
# Covid19 Facts

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

May 13th 2020, 6:20 AM 27,852 Views 187 Comments

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
# Fraud
# Fraud

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

May 12th 2020, 11:22 AM 20,760 Views 30 Comments

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
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# Debunked

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

May 11th 2020, 3:00 PM 26,905 Views 74 Comments

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
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

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

May 9th 2020, 7:30 AM 30,481 Views 72 Comments

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
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# Debunked

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

May 7th 2020, 6:15 AM 23,603 Views 16 Comments

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
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

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

May 6th 2020, 5:38 PM 37,921 Views 19 Comments

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

Debunked: Sorry, that 'announcement ' from Penneys saying it's reopening on 8 June is fake
# Penneys
# Penneys

Debunked: Sorry, that 'announcement ' from Penneys saying it's reopening on 8 June is fake

May 6th 2020, 12:10 PM 111,078 Views 34 Comments

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.

# factcheck - Tuesday 5 May, 2020

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

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

May 5th 2020, 1:38 PM 426 Views 0 Comments

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
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

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

May 2nd 2020, 6:30 AM 31,542 Views 17 Comments

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, a Japanese Nobel Prize winner did not say the coronavirus was man-made
# Debunked
# Debunked

Debunked: No, a Japanese Nobel Prize winner did not say the coronavirus was man-made

Apr 30th 2020, 5:32 PM 19,649 Views 39 Comments

He did not say anything of the sort.

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

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

Apr 30th 2020, 12:58 PM 4,529 Views 4 Comments

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
# Old Footage
# Old Footage

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

Apr 29th 2020, 6:30 PM 36,410 Views 24 Comments

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
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# Factcheck

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

Apr 29th 2020, 4:41 PM 24,586 Views 21 Comments

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
# Disinformation
# Disinformation

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

Apr 28th 2020, 6:11 PM 8,924 Views 26 Comments

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
# Debunked
# Debunked

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

Apr 28th 2020, 2:43 PM 36,938 Views 12 Comments

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
# Covid19 Facts
# Covid19 Facts

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

Apr 23rd 2020, 7:30 PM 26,849 Views 30 Comments

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
# Donald Trump
# Donald Trump

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

Apr 23rd 2020, 2:57 PM 28,255 Views 19 Comments

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

# factcheck - Wednesday 22 April, 2020

Debunked: No, WhatsApp isn't about to start charging users to send messages
# Factcheck
# Factcheck

Debunked: No, WhatsApp isn't about to start charging users to send messages

Apr 22nd 2020, 6:05 AM 20,703 Views 11 Comments

A message circulating WhatsApp claims that the platform is going to start charging users from “Saturday morning”.

# factcheck - Saturday 18 April, 2020

Debunked: Is 2020 really a 'normal' year for deaths from respiratory illnesses?
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Debunked: Is 2020 really a 'normal' year for deaths from respiratory illnesses?

Apr 18th 2020, 8:00 PM 116,033 Views 71 Comments

A post on Facebook claims there are no more deaths ‘than usual’ as a result of Covid-19.

# factcheck - Friday 17 April, 2020

Debunked: No, this is not a picture of Bulgarian workers outside a supermarket in Dublin this week
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# Debunked

Debunked: No, this is not a picture of Bulgarian workers outside a supermarket in Dublin this week

Apr 17th 2020, 6:48 PM 367,714 Views 134 Comments

The photo has been widely shared on social media and messaging services.