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# factcheck - Saturday 12 February, 2022

FactCheck: Is the Protocol costing Northern Ireland's economy £2.5 million every day?
# Factcheck
# Factcheck

FactCheck: Is the Protocol costing Northern Ireland's economy £2.5 million every day?

Feb 12th 2022, 8:00 PM 35,341 Views 0 Comments

DUP Leader Jeffrey Donaldson has made the claim multiple times in recent weeks.

FactCheck: Was a Fine Gael junior minister right to say one in four SHDs are subject to judicial review?
# Fine Gael Ministers
# Fine Gael Ministers

FactCheck: Was a Fine Gael junior minister right to say one in four SHDs are subject to judicial review?

Feb 12th 2022, 12:10 AM 24,955 Views 0 Comments

Peter Burke made the claim on RTÉ radio.

# factcheck - Thursday 3 February, 2022

Debunked: No, this photo of a ship in the Antarctic does not prove that the Earth is flat
# Debunked
# Debunked

Debunked: No, this photo of a ship in the Antarctic does not prove that the Earth is flat

Feb 3rd 2022, 3:45 PM 18,915 Views 0 Comments

An image on social media purports to show proof of a flat Earth.

# factcheck - Friday 28 January, 2022

Debunked: No, the CDC is not selling $4.6 billion worth of vaccines each year
# Debunked
# Debunked

Debunked: No, the CDC is not selling $4.6 billion worth of vaccines each year

Jan 28th 2022, 4:21 PM 815 Views 0 Comments

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
# Mask Mandates
# Mask Mandates

Debunked: No, mask mandates are not a 'war crime' that break the Nuremberg Code

Jan 28th 2022, 3:45 PM 12,213 Views 0 Comments

Masks, mandates, and war crimes are not mentioned in the Nuremburg Code.

# factcheck - Friday 21 January, 2022

FactCheck: Did a study say anyone who's had a cold is sufficiently protected against Covid-19?
# Factcheck
# Factcheck

FactCheck: Did a study say anyone who's had a cold is sufficiently protected against Covid-19?

Jan 21st 2022, 1:00 PM 24,395 Views 0 Comments

We test claims from Irish website The Liberal that a study implies ‘vaccines were never required to begin with’.

# factcheck - Wednesday 19 January, 2022

Debunked: No, this politician didn't fake his Covid vaccine booster
# Debunked
# Debunked

Debunked: No, this politician didn't fake his Covid vaccine booster

Jan 19th 2022, 12:08 PM 2,154 Views 0 Comments

Social media claims this photo shows the cap was on the needle, meaning the injection didn’t happen.

# factcheck - Wednesday 12 January, 2022

An open letter to YouTube’s CEO from the world’s fact-checkers
# Open Letter
# Open Letter

An open letter to YouTube’s CEO from the world’s fact-checkers

Jan 12th 2022, 5:00 AM 10,250 Views 13 Comments

The open letter is addressed to YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki

Factcheckers send open letter to YouTube over 'destructive' misinformation on the platform
# Online Misinformation
# Online Misinformation

Factcheckers send open letter to YouTube over 'destructive' misinformation on the platform

Jan 12th 2022, 5:00 AM 10,615 Views 37 Comments

The open letter is addressed to YouTube’s CEO, Susan Wojcicki from over 80 fact-checking organisations around the world.

# factcheck - Saturday 8 January, 2022

FactCheck: Will Minimum Unit Pricing on alcohol lead to an increase in drug use?
# Factcheck
# Factcheck

FactCheck: Will Minimum Unit Pricing on alcohol lead to an increase in drug use?

Jan 8th 2022, 6:30 AM 30,074 Views 0 Comments

Is there evidence that alcohol users turn to drugs as a result of the policy?

# factcheck - Tuesday 28 December, 2021

FactCheck: This Irish video about masks is incorrect to claim they do not work against Covid-19
# Debunked
# Debunked

FactCheck: This Irish video about masks is incorrect to claim they do not work against Covid-19

Dec 28th 2021, 5:00 PM 23,542 Views 0 Comments

A video viewed thousands of times on an Irish Facebook page contains incorrect information about the effectiveness of masks.

# factcheck - Friday 24 December, 2021

Factcheck: Did Bill Gates create an 'Omicron' video game in 1999?
# Factcheck
# Factcheck

Factcheck: Did Bill Gates create an 'Omicron' video game in 1999?

Dec 24th 2021, 1:51 PM 5,677 Views 0 Comments

A number of social media posts have linked Gates – and Microsoft – to the sci-fi game, suggesting Gates was in some way complicit in orchestrating the Covid-19 pandemic.

# factcheck - Thursday 16 December, 2021

FactCheck: Does this Dublin video prove masks increase carbon dioxide to dangerous levels?
# Factcheck
# Factcheck

FactCheck: Does this Dublin video prove masks increase carbon dioxide to dangerous levels?

Dec 16th 2021, 8:00 PM 34,597 Views 0 Comments

A protester in Dublin claims her carbon dioxide-measuring device proves masks cause CO2 levels to exceed ‘dangerous’ amounts.

# factcheck - Monday 13 December, 2021

FactCheck: No, the Australian Army didn't forcibly vaccinate Indigenous Australians
# Factcheck
# Factcheck

FactCheck: No, the Australian Army didn't forcibly vaccinate Indigenous Australians

Dec 13th 2021, 6:30 AM 15,682 Views 0 Comments

The claim caused a protest outside the Australian Embassy in Dublin

# factcheck - Tuesday 7 December, 2021

Debunk: How did Omicron get to Australia if no one is allowed in or out?
# Debunk
# Debunk

Debunk: How did Omicron get to Australia if no one is allowed in or out?

Dec 7th 2021, 7:30 PM 48,725 Views 0 Comments

Hint: They are. The variant was first detected from passengers arriving in Australia from abroad.

Debunked: No, 80% of Covid deaths during October were not in fully vaccinated people
# Debunked
# Debunked

Debunked: No, 80% of Covid deaths during October were not in fully vaccinated people

Dec 7th 2021, 6:29 PM 4,451 Views 0 Comments

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
# Factcheck
# Factcheck

FactCheck: No, Conor McGregor wasn't correct to say vaccines 'have not worked' to stop Covid-19

Dec 7th 2021, 6:15 AM 32,860 Views 0 Comments

The MMA athlete-turned-businessman claimed “The vaccines have not worked to stop this whatsoever.”

# factcheck - Friday 3 December, 2021

Debunked: No, this US scientist has never been nominated for a Time Person of the Year
# Debunked
# Debunked

Debunked: No, this US scientist has never been nominated for a Time Person of the Year

Dec 3rd 2021, 11:46 AM 18,359 Views 0 Comments

The claim is made in an image-based post circulating on Facebook.

FactCheck: Did Twitter, Walmart and CNBC's CEOs resign on same day as Ghislaine Maxwell's trial?
# Factcheck
# Factcheck

FactCheck: Did Twitter, Walmart and CNBC's CEOs resign on same day as Ghislaine Maxwell's trial?

Dec 3rd 2021, 6:15 AM 53,825 Views 4 Comments

The highly publicised trial has attracted false internet-based claims before so let’s take a look at the latest allegations.

# factcheck - Monday 29 November, 2021

Debunked: No, this poster claiming the HSE will void your vaccine passport without boosters is not real
# Factchecked
# Factchecked

Debunked: No, this poster claiming the HSE will void your vaccine passport without boosters is not real

Nov 29th 2021, 8:00 PM 28,200 Views 0 Comments

A fake vaccine poster claiming to be authorised by the HSE has proved to be fake.

# factcheck - Wednesday 24 November, 2021

FactCheck: Were 3,600 tonnes of peat imported into Ireland from Latvia?
# Factcheck
# Factcheck

FactCheck: Were 3,600 tonnes of peat imported into Ireland from Latvia?

Nov 24th 2021, 12:01 AM 22,600 Views 0 Comments
  • Lobby group claims thousands of tonnes of foreign peat were imported in Ireland. Social media users attacked The Greens over the news while others doubted it happened at all. We test the evidence.

# factcheck - Wednesday 17 November, 2021

Debunked: No, this photo doesn't show a COP26 electric bus being towed by a diesel truck
# Factcheck
# Factcheck

Debunked: No, this photo doesn't show a COP26 electric bus being towed by a diesel truck

Nov 17th 2021, 12:05 AM 30,351 Views 0 Comments
  • 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

# factcheck - Tuesday 16 November, 2021

Debunked: No, an Australian politician didn't resign over bribes from vaccine makers
# Debunked
# Debunked

Debunked: No, an Australian politician didn't resign over bribes from vaccine makers

Nov 16th 2021, 6:45 AM 10,662 Views 0 Comments

The claim has been doing the rounds on social media in recent weeks.

# factcheck - Wednesday 10 November, 2021

FactFind: Who's behind Instagram stickers promising to plant trees in return for pet photos?
# Factfind
# Factfind

FactFind: Who's behind Instagram stickers promising to plant trees in return for pet photos?

Nov 10th 2021, 9:40 PM 18,735 Views 2 Comments

Instagram feeds have been flooded with the stickers – but it seems unlikely that many trees will actually be planted as a result.

# factcheck - Friday 5 November, 2021

FactCheck: Are vaccinated people as likely to transmit Covid-19 as non-vaccinated people?
# Factcheck
# Factcheck

FactCheck: Are vaccinated people as likely to transmit Covid-19 as non-vaccinated people?

Nov 5th 2021, 12:05 AM 76,851 Views 0 Comments
  • A TD made the claim this week, leading to the Minister for Health criticising the spread of 'anti-vax information'
  • We spoke to the author of the study referenced by the TD, who said the claim was incorrect
  • The study's results were complex and it's easy to see how messages became mixed around the findings, writes Brianna Parkins

# factcheck - Tuesday 2 November, 2021

Debunked: No, Eamon Ryan isn't telling radio stations not to play ‘Driving home for Christmas’
# Satire
# Satire

Debunked: No, Eamon Ryan isn't telling radio stations not to play ‘Driving home for Christmas’

Nov 2nd 2021, 6:00 PM 24,406 Views 0 Comments

A satirical post claiming that the Green Party leader said the song “promotes car use” has duped people on social media.

# factcheck - Monday 1 November, 2021

FactFind: What exactly was said in French PM’s letter about UK fishing row?
# Lost In Translation
# Lost In Translation

FactFind: What exactly was said in French PM’s letter about UK fishing row?

Nov 1st 2021, 6:27 PM 12,805 Views 15 Comments

The document has been the focus of considerable controversy.

# factcheck - Saturday 23 October, 2021

FactCheck: Did the Taoiseach say that he was in favour of reducing the national herd?
# Factcheck
# Factcheck

FactCheck: Did the Taoiseach say that he was in favour of reducing the national herd?

Oct 23rd 2021, 9:54 AM 39,710 Views 0 Comments

The Taoiseach challenged a TD to produce a quote where he said he was in favour of a reduction of the herd.

# factcheck - Wednesday 29 September, 2021

Debunked: No, someone having a heart attack can't perform CPR on themselves by coughing
# Debunked
# Debunked

Debunked: No, someone having a heart attack can't perform CPR on themselves by coughing

Sep 29th 2021, 6:15 AM 13,375 Views 0 Comments

Doctors say the claim is an urban legend.

# factcheck - Tuesday 28 September, 2021

FactCheck: Sign up to The Journal's monthly newsletter about misinformation trends
# Factcheck
# Factcheck

FactCheck: Sign up to The Journal's monthly newsletter about misinformation trends

Updated Sep 28th 2021, 5:00 PM 9,300 Views 0 Comments

See how we’re fighting misinformation and disinformation every month.

# factcheck - Friday 17 September, 2021

Debunked: No, you can't give someone medical power of attorney with a 'Notice of Standing and Fact'
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Debunked: No, you can't give someone medical power of attorney with a 'Notice of Standing and Fact'

Sep 17th 2021, 7:03 PM 27,111 Views 0 Comments

A medical law expert has cast a withering eye on a document that’s circulating online.

# factcheck - Tuesday 14 September, 2021

Debunked: No, Lidl has no plans to use QR scanners for Covid vaccine certs for entry into its stores
# Factcheck
# Factcheck

Debunked: No, Lidl has no plans to use QR scanners for Covid vaccine certs for entry into its stores

Sep 14th 2021, 9:24 PM 1,700 Views 0 Comments

A photo shared on Facebook claimed that QR scanners would be used to ask for proof of vaccination.

# factcheck - Monday 6 September, 2021

Debunked: No, Leo Varadkar didn't use the government jet to fly to or from his UK trip
# Factcheck
# Factcheck

Debunked: No, Leo Varadkar didn't use the government jet to fly to or from his UK trip

Sep 6th 2021, 5:12 PM 43,164 Views 0 Comments

Varadkar was in London for a music festival, but he did not leave at the weekend and is currently still there for a trade mission.

# factcheck - Monday 30 August, 2021

Debunked: No, Covid-19 vaccines do not contain graphene oxide
# Debunked
# Debunked

Debunked: No, Covid-19 vaccines do not contain graphene oxide

Aug 30th 2021, 6:15 AM 52,721 Views 0 Comments

Claims about vaccines containing the chemical have circulated in recent months.

# factcheck - Friday 27 August, 2021

Debunked: No, the Pfizer Covid jab and Comirnaty are not different vaccines
# Covid19
# Covid19

Debunked: No, the Pfizer Covid jab and Comirnaty are not different vaccines

Aug 27th 2021, 3:55 PM 6,474 Views 0 Comments

This name has been used for the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine since December last year.

# factcheck - Thursday 26 August, 2021

Debunked: The FDA didn't just 'reissue emergency approval' for Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine, it granted full approval
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Debunked: The FDA didn't just 'reissue emergency approval' for Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine, it granted full approval

Aug 26th 2021, 5:41 PM 20,795 Views 0 Comments

There has been some confusion after an FDA document was misread by some people.

# factcheck - Tuesday 24 August, 2021

Debunked: No, a 22-year-old Wexford woman did not die because she received a Covid-19 vaccine
# Nicole Cahill
# Nicole Cahill

Debunked: No, a 22-year-old Wexford woman did not die because she received a Covid-19 vaccine

Aug 24th 2021, 7:18 PM 4,434 Views 0 Comments

The claim has been shared widely online.

# factcheck - Monday 23 August, 2021

FactCheck: Has the drug ivermectin been proven to be effective against Covid-19?
# Factcheck
# Factcheck

FactCheck: Has the drug ivermectin been proven to be effective against Covid-19?

Aug 23rd 2021, 12:05 AM 63,087 Views 0 Comments
  • 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.

# factcheck - Sunday 22 August, 2021

FactCheck: No, masks were not shown to increase children's carbon dioxide intake
# Debunked
# Debunked

FactCheck: No, masks were not shown to increase children's carbon dioxide intake

Aug 22nd 2021, 7:00 AM 13,612 Views 0 Comments

The paper claimed that masks increase children’s carbon dioxide intake, but multiple problems have been identified with its research.

# factcheck - Thursday 19 August, 2021

FactCheck: Does Irish law allow for 'gender selection abortions'?
# Abortion In Ireland
# Abortion In Ireland

FactCheck: Does Irish law allow for 'gender selection abortions'?

Aug 19th 2021, 12:04 AM 23,204 Views 0 Comments
  • A recent post by political party Aontú says the State's termination system blatantly "allows for the targeting of baby girls".
  • Rónán Duffy looks at whether the relevant laws around terminations in Ireland permit this.