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# debunked

Last year
Debunked: No, this photo of a ship in the Antarctic does not prove that the Earth is flat
An image on social media purports to show proof of a flat Earth.
Debunked: No, the CDC is not selling $4.6 billion worth of vaccines each year
The CDC is the national public health agency in the United States.
Debunked: No, mask mandates are not a 'war crime' that break the Nuremberg Code
Masks, mandates, and war crimes are not mentioned in the Nuremburg Code.
Debunked: No, this politician didn't fake his Covid vaccine booster
Social media claims this photo shows the cap was on the needle, meaning the injection didn’t happen.
All time
FactCheck: This Irish video about masks is incorrect to claim they do not work against Covid-19
A video viewed thousands of times on an Irish Facebook page contains incorrect information about the effectiveness of masks.
Debunked: No, 80% of Covid deaths during October were not in fully vaccinated people
The claim is contained in a text-based post on Facebook.
FactCheck: No, Conor McGregor wasn't correct to say vaccines 'have not worked' to stop Covid-19
The MMA athlete-turned-businessman claimed “The vaccines have not worked to stop this whatsoever.”
Debunked: No, this US scientist has never been nominated for a Time Person of the Year
The claim is made in an image-based post circulating on Facebook.
Debunked: No, this poster claiming the HSE will void your vaccine passport without boosters is not real
A fake vaccine poster claiming to be authorised by the HSE has proved to be fake.
Debunked: No, this photo doesn't show a COP26 electric bus being towed by a diesel truck
Memes spreading on social media claim this photo is proof an electric bus broke down during COP26 and required a diesel truck to tow it.
The photo was shared widely online as proof that electric buses at COP26 were not reliable.
However, the bus in the photograph is actually a hydrogen fuel bus and was never used in Glasgow, writes Brianna Parkins
Debunked: No, an Australian politician didn't resign over bribes from vaccine makers
The claim has been doing the rounds on social media in recent weeks.
Debunked: No, Eamon Ryan isn't telling radio stations not to play ‘Driving home for Christmas’
A satirical post claiming that the Green Party leader said the song “promotes car use” has duped people on social media.
Debunked: No, someone having a heart attack can't perform CPR on themselves by coughing
Doctors say the claim is an urban legend.
Debunked: No, you can't give someone medical power of attorney with a 'Notice of Standing and Fact'
A medical law expert has cast a withering eye on a document that’s circulating online.
Debunked: No, Lidl has no plans to use QR scanners for Covid vaccine certs for entry into its stores
A photo shared on Facebook claimed that QR scanners would be used to ask for proof of vaccination.
Debunked: No, Covid-19 vaccines do not contain graphene oxide
Claims about vaccines containing the chemical have circulated in recent months.
Debunked: No, the Pfizer Covid jab and Comirnaty are not different vaccines
This name has been used for the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine since December last year.
Debunked: The FDA didn't just 'reissue emergency approval' for Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine, it granted full approval
There has been some confusion after an FDA document was misread by some people.
Debunked: No, a 22-year-old Wexford woman did not die because she received a Covid-19 vaccine
The claim has been shared widely online.
FactCheck: Has the drug ivermectin been proven to be effective against Covid-19?
The debate about this anti-parasitic drug continues as experts await results of new studies.
The world's top health agencies say there is still insufficient evidence this medication is effective against Covid, Michelle Hennessy reports.
Studies are ongoing, with 5,000 volunteers recruited recently for an Oxford University trial.
Ronan Glynn: Public health doctors battling 'avalanche of conspiracy theory and misinformation'
FactCheck: No, masks were not shown to increase children's carbon dioxide intake
The paper claimed that masks increase children’s carbon dioxide intake, but multiple problems have been identified with its research.
Debunked: No, images of refugees do not show there were 'just men' on planes leaving Afghanistan
Social media posts have falsely described a photo from Turkey in 2018 as a flight leaving Afghanistan in recent days.
Debunked: No evidence to support claim that 100 people a day attending CUH due to vaccine side-effects
The claim has been labelled “entirely spurious” by the Clinical Lead of the hospital’s Emergency Department.
Debunked: No, the media has not been told when future Covid-19 variants will be 'released'
The list of Covid variant ‘launch dates’ contained in the Instagram post is also inaccurate.
Debunked: No, the World Economic Forum did not suggest reducing the age of consent to 13
Some social media users suggested that the satirical post was legitimate.
Debunked: Photo shows World Cup celebrations, not an anti-vaccine pass protest in Paris
Social media posts have falsely described a photo from France in 2018 as a recent anti-restrictions protest.
Debunked: No, the government can't vaccinate the children of unmarried parents 'by decree'
Legal experts said the claim is a complete misrepresentation of the law.
Debunked: A claim that Australian students were 'accidentally' vaccinated is missing context
An “error” led to around 160 students receiving the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine,.
Debunked: No, 82% of women vaccinated against Covid-19 in the first third of pregnancy don't miscarry
The claim has circulated widely on social media in recent weeks.
Debunked: Misleading Covid vaccine claims in Dolores Cahill's by-election leaflet
Cahill ran in the DBS by-election held earlier this week.
Dolores Cahill claimed in a by-election leaflet that mRNA vaccines "have never been approved". This is untrue, Orla Dwyer reports.
Cahill also made a misleading claim about deaths associated with vaccine clinical trials.
Cahill was a candidate in the Dublin Bay South by-election. She was eliminated on the third count.
FactCheck: Are RNA Covid-19 vaccines actually responsible for 'genetic manipulation'?
FactFind: Here is how Covid-19 deaths are counted in Ireland
Debunked: A claim which describes 'major concerns' about the AstraZeneca vaccine is misleading
The claim has been shared on Facebook.
Debunked: No, the Covid-19 vaccine figures don't include missed appointments
An independent TD claimed that the official vaccine figures refer to the number of appointments made rather than doses administered.
Debunked: EU and US databases do not show that thousands of people have died from Covid-19 vaccines
Claims which rely on the EudraVigilance and VAERS databases are often misleading.
Debunked: No, you won't develop skin cancer from wearing sunglasses
A social media claim is wrongly saying that sunglasses are harmful.
FactCheck: No, these claims in an anti-mask leaflet delivered to homes aren't true
A leaflet by Anti-Corruption Ireland contains a list of false statements about masks and their effectiveness.
Debunked: Yes, coronavirus antibodies protect against 'infection of the lung'
A video shared online claimed that because antibodies produced as a result of the vaccine are in the blood, they don’t protect against Covid infection. This is false.
Debunked: No, the army hasn't been drafted in to 'forcibly' vaccinate prisoners
Vaccines are being rolled out on a prison-by-prison basis and jabs are administered by National Ambulance Service staff.
'A distorted perspective': How anti-lockdown groups are using data to downplay the impact of Covid-19
A report by
Lauren Boland
Lauren Boland looks at the use of official statistics by anti-lockdown accounts.
Anti-lockdown accounts on social media often leave out important context or misconstrue data to argue that the pandemic is not real.
A disinformation professor at DCU says online misinformation often draws on "a grain of truth" - and then distorts it.
Lauren Boland breaks down the official statistics and how you can find the facts.
Debunked: Claims by an ex-Pfizer employee about Covid-19 and vaccines are false and misleading
Mike Yeadon is regularly cited by anti-lockdown groups.
Debunked: Messages shared on WhatsApp claim that scammers are calling people with their HSE data
Different versions of the message have appeared in recent days.