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# debunked - Sunday 23 August, 2020

Debunked: No, wearing a face mask does not 'disrupt pH levels' and increase cancer risk
# Carbon Dioxide
# Carbon Dioxide

Debunked: No, wearing a face mask does not 'disrupt pH levels' and increase cancer risk

Aug 23rd 2020, 12:05 AM 38,313 Views 136 Comments

A widely shared Facebook post incorrectly claims that wearing a mask causes people to breathe in their own carbon dioxide.

# debunked - Sunday 16 August, 2020

Groupthink, fatigue and divilment: Why do people share fake news?
# Echo Chamber
# Echo Chamber

Groupthink, fatigue and divilment: Why do people share fake news?

Aug 16th 2020, 12:05 AM 19,910 Views 63 Comments

Misinformation has never been more widely shared in Ireland than during the Covid-19 pandemic.

# debunked - Friday 14 August, 2020

Debunk: No, the first UK volunteer in a Covid-19 vaccine trial has not died
# Elisa Granato
# Elisa Granato

Debunk: No, the first UK volunteer in a Covid-19 vaccine trial has not died

Aug 14th 2020, 12:48 PM 29,045 Views 28 Comments

Elisa Granato was one of the first volunteers in a Covid-19 vaccine trial in the UK – and she’s alive and well.

# debunked - Tuesday 11 August, 2020

Debunked: No, you will not receive a €1,000 reward from Gardaí for reporting house parties
# Debunked
# Debunked

Debunked: No, you will not receive a €1,000 reward from Gardaí for reporting house parties

Aug 11th 2020, 6:00 AM 38,409 Views 26 Comments

A poster in Dublin claims that Gardaí will reward members of the public if they report house parties.

# debunked - Saturday 8 August, 2020

Debunked: No, you cannot catch Legionnaires' disease or pleurisy from wearing a face covering
# Debunked
# Debunked

Debunked: No, you cannot catch Legionnaires' disease or pleurisy from wearing a face covering

Aug 8th 2020, 12:05 AM 37,515 Views 78 Comments

There have been fewer cases of legionella infection in Ireland this year compared to last year.

# debunked - Wednesday 5 August, 2020

Debunked: No, Eamon Ryan did not call Peter Tatchell a 'green legend and tireless LGBT campaigner'
# Debunked
# Debunked

Debunked: No, Eamon Ryan did not call Peter Tatchell a 'green legend and tireless LGBT campaigner'

Aug 5th 2020, 8:30 PM 18,597 Views 14 Comments

A false tweet from the Green Party leader claims he said he was “excited to meet” Tatchell two years ago.

# debunked - Tuesday 4 August, 2020

Factcheck: Are dognappers marking targets with stickers on ESB pillars?
# In The Doghouse
# In The Doghouse

Factcheck: Are dognappers marking targets with stickers on ESB pillars?

Aug 4th 2020, 7:30 PM 62,509 Views 37 Comments

Social media users have claimed that dog thieves are using stickers on ESB mini pillars to mark houses where dogs will be stolen.

# debunked - Wednesday 29 July, 2020

Debunked: The conspiracy theories around the so-called Hollywood drug adrenochrome
# Debunked
# Debunked

Debunked: The conspiracy theories around the so-called Hollywood drug adrenochrome

Jul 29th 2020, 5:16 PM 559,892 Views 0 Comments

Theories claim adrenochrome is harvested from children in a trafficking ring.

# debunked - Sunday 26 July, 2020

FactCheck: Will children be taught how to masturbate as part of their education from September?
# Factcheck
# Factcheck

FactCheck: Will children be taught how to masturbate as part of their education from September?

Jul 26th 2020, 12:05 AM 116,848 Views 94 Comments

The claim had been made by social media users.

# debunked - Friday 24 July, 2020

Debunked: No, the HSE has not banned a Covid-19 treatment in order to later 'push' a vaccine
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Debunked: No, the HSE has not banned a Covid-19 treatment in order to later 'push' a vaccine

Jul 24th 2020, 10:00 PM 20,743 Views 31 Comments

A widely shared Facebook post incorrectly claims that medications which ‘cure’ the virus have been banned in Ireland.

FactCheck: Have 'only 8 people' under 65 died from Covid-19 in Ireland?
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

FactCheck: Have 'only 8 people' under 65 died from Covid-19 in Ireland?

Jul 24th 2020, 7:30 PM 110,807 Views 93 Comments

This claim has been shared frequently in the past week – but it is misleading at best.

FactCheck: Can a common cold cause a positive Covid-19 test?
# Cold Case
# Cold Case

FactCheck: Can a common cold cause a positive Covid-19 test?

Jul 24th 2020, 4:17 PM 447,771 Views 25 Comments

A claim that started in the US, which suggests that a case of cold or flu, or a previous vaccine against them, can give a positive Covid-19 test result, has reached Ireland.

FactCheck: No, this photo does not show Obama visiting a Wuhan lab in 2015 to give millions to a 'bat project'
# Bat An Eye
# Bat An Eye

FactCheck: No, this photo does not show Obama visiting a Wuhan lab in 2015 to give millions to a 'bat project'

Jul 24th 2020, 6:00 AM 29,258 Views 34 Comments

A photograph of Obama in Maryland has been falsely attributed to a laboratory in Wuhan.

# debunked - Tuesday 21 July, 2020

FactCheck: Did a Belfast bank post a notice describing balaclavas as 'unsuitable' face coverings?
# Natwest
# Natwest

FactCheck: Did a Belfast bank post a notice describing balaclavas as 'unsuitable' face coverings?

Jul 21st 2020, 1:00 PM 41,039 Views 27 Comments

A tweet sharing a photo of a notice at a NatWest branch suggests that the notice was displayed in Belfast.

# debunked - Friday 17 July, 2020

Debunked: No, pressing ‘cancel’ twice on an ATM won’t prevent your PIN from being stolen
# ATM SCAM
# ATM SCAM

Debunked: No, pressing ‘cancel’ twice on an ATM won’t prevent your PIN from being stolen

Jul 17th 2020, 1:51 PM 28,296 Views 19 Comments

The false safety tip has been shared over 19,000 times on Facebook.

# debunked - Wednesday 15 July, 2020

FactCheck: No, Croke Park will not be used for animal slaughter during Eid Al Adha
# Factcheck
# Factcheck

FactCheck: No, Croke Park will not be used for animal slaughter during Eid Al Adha

Jul 15th 2020, 5:22 PM 26,726 Views 74 Comments

The claim was made by TheLiberal.ie ahead of Eid Al Adha celebrations in Croke Park this summer.

# debunked - Wednesday 8 July, 2020

The Explainer: How Covid-19 brought misinformation to Ireland
# Podcast
# Podcast

The Explainer: How Covid-19 brought misinformation to Ireland

Jul 8th 2020, 6:45 AM 7,963 Views 15 Comments

And is it here to stay?

# debunked - Monday 6 July, 2020

WATCH: How Covid-19 brought misinformation to Ireland
# Zoom Webinar
# Zoom Webinar

WATCH: How Covid-19 brought misinformation to Ireland

Jul 6th 2020, 6:00 PM 12,826 Views 9 Comments

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

# debunked - Friday 3 July, 2020

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

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

Updated Jul 3rd 2020, 10:55 AM 93,455 Views 101 Comments

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

# debunked - Thursday 2 July, 2020

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

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

Jul 2nd 2020, 6:45 PM 34,139 Views 0 Comments

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

# debunked - Sunday 28 June, 2020

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

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

Jun 28th 2020, 11:00 AM 102,304 Views 165 Comments

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

# debunked - Thursday 25 June, 2020

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

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

Jun 25th 2020, 6:00 AM 32,267 Views 44 Comments

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

# debunked - Wednesday 24 June, 2020

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

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

Jun 24th 2020, 4:57 PM 13,244 Views 8 Comments

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

# debunked - Tuesday 23 June, 2020

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

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

Jun 23rd 2020, 6:35 PM 21,948 Views 0 Comments

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

# debunked - Thursday 18 June, 2020

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

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

Jun 18th 2020, 6:00 PM 63,879 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.

# debunked - Tuesday 16 June, 2020

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

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

Jun 16th 2020, 1:52 PM 11,375 Views 21 Comments

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

# debunked - Friday 12 June, 2020

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

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

Jun 12th 2020, 4:16 PM 1,937 Views 2 Comments

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

# debunked - Thursday 11 June, 2020

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

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

Jun 11th 2020, 8:00 PM 1,260 Views 1 Comment

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

# debunked - Friday 5 June, 2020

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

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

Jun 5th 2020, 5:50 PM 30,812 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 28,821 Views 24 Comments

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

# debunked - Thursday 4 June, 2020

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

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

Jun 4th 2020, 6:45 AM 43,358 Views 24 Comments

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

# debunked - 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 24,996 Views 9 Comments

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

# debunked - 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 29,865 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 42,418 Views 91 Comments

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

# debunked - 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 76,171 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 57,058 Views 86 Comments

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

# debunked - 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 23,139 Views 108 Comments

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

# debunked - 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 32,948 Views 29 Comments

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

# debunked - 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 27,733 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 124,565 Views 124 Comments

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