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# debunked - 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 1,924 Views 0 Comments

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

# debunked - 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 28,870 Views 191 Comments

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

# debunked - 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 21,460 Views 30 Comments

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

# debunked - 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 27,174 Views 74 Comments

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

# debunked - 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 30,502 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.

# debunked - 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 23,834 Views 16 Comments

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

# debunked - 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 38,059 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 111,226 Views 34 Comments

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.

# debunked - 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 596 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.

# debunked - 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 33,222 Views 17 Comments

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

# debunked - 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 20,946 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 5,587 Views 4 Comments

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

# debunked - 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 36,492 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 24,698 Views 21 Comments

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

# debunked - Tuesday 28 April, 2020

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 37,045 Views 12 Comments

This image has been shared widely on WhatsApp recently.

# debunked - 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 27,326 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 28,403 Views 19 Comments

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

# debunked - 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 46,767 Views 11 Comments

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

# debunked - 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 121,853 Views 72 Comments

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

# debunked - 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 368,230 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 416 Views 0 Comments

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

# debunked - 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 100,549 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 18,804 Views 8 Comments

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

# debunked - 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 57,974 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 11,724 Views 10 Comments

It is also not an effective surface disinfectant.

# debunked - 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 18,462 Views 55 Comments

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

# debunked - 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 23,681 Views 14 Comments

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

# debunked - 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 21,620 Views 3 Comments

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

# debunked - 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 90,131 Views 26 Comments

It’s not true.

# debunked - Saturday 4 April, 2020

Debunked: No, Queen Elizabeth has not been diagnosed with coronavirus
# Factcheck
# Factcheck

Debunked: No, Queen Elizabeth has not been diagnosed with coronavirus

Apr 4th 2020, 1:31 PM 116 Views 0 Comments

A post on Instagram claiming that Queen Elizabeth has coronavirus is untrue.

Spot any potentially false posts on Facebook? Let us know and we'll factcheck them
# Debunked
# Debunked

Spot any potentially false posts on Facebook? Let us know and we'll factcheck them

Apr 4th 2020, 7:30 AM 9,762 Views 0 Comments

TheJournal.ie is debunking some of the many rumours going around about coronavirus.

# debunked - Friday 3 April, 2020

Debunked: The risk of carrying coronavirus into your home on your shoes is extremely low
# Factcheck
# Factcheck

Debunked: The risk of carrying coronavirus into your home on your shoes is extremely low

Apr 3rd 2020, 6:01 PM 48,786 Views 27 Comments

Could you carry coronavirus into your home on your shoes? It’s low risk.

Debunked: No, this 'very urgent' message telling you that your bank details can be robbed by making a phone call isn't true
# Covid-19 Facts
# Covid-19 Facts

Debunked: No, this 'very urgent' message telling you that your bank details can be robbed by making a phone call isn't true

Apr 3rd 2020, 12:41 PM 44,295 Views 15 Comments

The latest WhatsApp message doing the rounds is debunked here.

# debunked - Wednesday 1 April, 2020

Debunked: That WhatsApp message about a 'strict ban on alcohol' from tomorrow is, at best, an April Fool's joke
# April Fools
# April Fools

Debunked: That WhatsApp message about a 'strict ban on alcohol' from tomorrow is, at best, an April Fool's joke

Apr 1st 2020, 6:37 PM 41,895 Views 26 Comments

The image claims that there will be “a strict ban of alcohol” from tomorrow, meaning that off-licences would close.

Debunked: No, Leo Varadkar is not telling people to avoid using the Houseparty video messaging app
# Factcheck
# Factcheck

Debunked: No, Leo Varadkar is not telling people to avoid using the Houseparty video messaging app

Apr 1st 2020, 4:46 PM 42,041 Views 22 Comments

An image purporting to show the Taoiseach warning people not to use the app has been shared on social media in recent days.

Debunked: Yes, funerals are very different right now but they are still happening

Debunked: Yes, funerals are very different right now but they are still happening

Apr 1st 2020, 6:15 AM 22,792 Views 16 Comments

A message being shared makes specific claims about funeral arrangements for loved ones who die from Covid-19.

# debunked - Tuesday 31 March, 2020

Debunked: No, the army isn't patrolling all the cities, towns and villages in Ireland because of Covid-19
# Factcheck
# Factcheck

Debunked: No, the army isn't patrolling all the cities, towns and villages in Ireland because of Covid-19

Mar 31st 2020, 4:46 PM 4,214 Views 1 Comment

There is a lot of misinformation about what is actually involved in Ireland’s Covid-19 measures.

Debunked: No, leaving onions around your home won't 'catch' the coronavirus
# Factcheck
# Factcheck

Debunked: No, leaving onions around your home won't 'catch' the coronavirus

Mar 31st 2020, 6:20 AM 35,163 Views 20 Comments

False claims on Facebook suggest that onions are able to absorb germs.

# debunked - Monday 30 March, 2020

Debunked: That WhatsApp message with health tips from a doctor in China is false and misleading
# False Claims
# False Claims

Debunked: That WhatsApp message with health tips from a doctor in China is false and misleading

Mar 30th 2020, 3:34 PM 54,646 Views 29 Comments

A message claiming to be from a friend’s uncle who works in a hospital in China has been circulating lately.

# debunked - Thursday 26 March, 2020

Debunked: No, drinking tea is not a cure for Covid-19
# Factcheck
# Factcheck

Debunked: No, drinking tea is not a cure for Covid-19

Mar 26th 2020, 7:14 PM 52,183 Views 45 Comments

False claims being shared on WhatsApp claim that drinking tea can stop the coronavirus.