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# 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 24,977 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'
# Debunked
# 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 29,698 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?
# Debunked
# Debunked

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

May 30th 2020, 12:05 AM 42,390 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
# Factcheck
# 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 67,023 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
# Factcheck
# Factcheck

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

May 29th 2020, 3:26 PM 42,223 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 38,915 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
# Debunked
# Debunked

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

May 27th 2020, 11:35 AM 22,606 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 31,711 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
# Factcheck
# Factcheck

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

May 22nd 2020, 9:15 PM 27,635 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 117,741 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
# Debunked
# Debunked

Debunked: No, TheJournal.ie is not closing down

May 15th 2020, 2:34 PM 1,853 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 28,451 Views 191 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 21,283 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
# Debunked
# Debunked

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

May 11th 2020, 3:00 PM 27,029 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 30,487 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
# Debunked
# Debunked

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

May 7th 2020, 6:15 AM 23,672 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 38,020 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 111,154 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
# Factcheck
# Factcheck

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

May 5th 2020, 1:38 PM 473 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 32,157 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 20,743 Views 39 Comments

He did not say anything of the sort.

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

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

Apr 30th 2020, 12:58 PM 4,874 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 36,436 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
# Factcheck
# 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 24,625 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 8,997 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 37,006 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 27,091 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 28,317 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 34,551 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 121,165 Views 72 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
# Debunked
# Debunked

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

Apr 17th 2020, 6:48 PM 367,943 Views 134 Comments

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

Debunked: No, Queen Elizabeth's coronavirus speech was not recorded on 5 March
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Debunked: No, Queen Elizabeth's coronavirus speech was not recorded on 5 March

Apr 17th 2020, 10:24 AM 376 Views 0 Comments

A post on Facebook claiming that Queen Elizabeth’s speech regarding the coronavirus outbreak is untrue.

# factcheck - Thursday 16 April, 2020

Debunked: A letter stating that pubs will be shut until at least 1 September is a 'complete fabrication'
# Closing Time
# Closing Time

Debunked: A letter stating that pubs will be shut until at least 1 September is a 'complete fabrication'

Apr 16th 2020, 7:49 PM 100,443 Views 81 Comments

It’s a fake.

Debunked: There's no evidence that criminals are dousing facemasks with chemicals so they can rob people
# Debunked
# Debunked

Debunked: There's no evidence that criminals are dousing facemasks with chemicals so they can rob people

Apr 16th 2020, 6:00 AM 18,656 Views 8 Comments

The false message has been shared across Facebook and WhatsApp in Ireland and other countries.

# factcheck - Wednesday 15 April, 2020

Debunked: No, this isn't a 'tentative' list of dates the government might start letting things reopen
# Covid19 Facts
# Covid19 Facts

Debunked: No, this isn't a 'tentative' list of dates the government might start letting things reopen

Apr 15th 2020, 9:09 PM 57,961 Views 31 Comments

This message has been circulating today in WhatsApp Groups – the Chief Medical Officer says “no such list exists” right now.

Debunked: No, watered-down mouthwash is not an effective substitute for hand sanitiser
# Covid19 Facts
# Covid19 Facts

Debunked: No, watered-down mouthwash is not an effective substitute for hand sanitiser

Apr 15th 2020, 4:20 PM 11,704 Views 10 Comments

It is also not an effective surface disinfectant.

# factcheck - Tuesday 14 April, 2020

Debunked: No, there is not enough evidence that a malaria drug and an antibiotic can lead to a quick recovery from Covid-19
# Facebook
# Facebook

Debunked: No, there is not enough evidence that a malaria drug and an antibiotic can lead to a quick recovery from Covid-19

Apr 14th 2020, 6:31 PM 18,439 Views 55 Comments

Donald Trump has said this combination could be “one of the biggest game changers in the history of medicine”.

# factcheck - Saturday 11 April, 2020

Debunked: This message advising people to 'get tested' is not from the HSE's contact tracing team
# Fake Message
# Fake Message

Debunked: This message advising people to 'get tested' is not from the HSE's contact tracing team

Apr 11th 2020, 12:12 PM 22,185 Views 14 Comments

Recipients are advised not to click on the link attached to the message.

# factcheck - Thursday 9 April, 2020

Debunked: A video called 'move your cucu' will not format your phone, but people still advised to be wary of scams
# Fake Message
# Fake Message

Debunked: A video called 'move your cucu' will not format your phone, but people still advised to be wary of scams

Apr 9th 2020, 6:00 AM 21,603 Views 3 Comments

The WhatsApp message is reminiscent of a previous hoax text in 2015.

# factcheck - Sunday 5 April, 2020

Debunked: That 'extremely sophisticated' bank scam doing the rounds on WhatsApp is completely false
# Debunked
# Debunked

Debunked: That 'extremely sophisticated' bank scam doing the rounds on WhatsApp is completely false

Apr 5th 2020, 12:05 AM 89,282 Views 26 Comments

It’s not true.