Reviews of articles by: Facebook users

CLAIM REVIEWS

A 2014 study showed that the US Corn Belt is one of the biggest primary producers on Earth in July, but didn’t show that it produces more oxygen than the Amazon

CLAIM
"the US corn crop, at its peak, produces 40% more oxygen than the Amazon rainforest."

SOURCE: Facebook users, Facebook (see claim in context)

Published: 23 Sep 2021

VERDICT

1996 paper is about human evolution, not potential for genius

CLAIM
“Black Africans possess more DNA series than any other group on earth”; The more DNA series you have, the greater your potential for genius”; “they copyrighted that study, to hide that truth”

SOURCE: Facebook Users , Facebook

Published: 17 Sep 2021

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Male sterility isn’t a proven side effect of ivermectin, contrary to claims by social media users

CLAIM
Ivermectin sterilizes the majority (85%) of men that take it

SOURCE: Facebook users, Twitter users, Facebook, Twitter

Published: 14 Sep 2021

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Cancer and heart disease remain the two leading causes of death in the U.S. during the COVID-19 pandemic

CLAIM
“No one has died of cancer or heart disease since the COVID-19 thing started”

SOURCE: Facebook users, Facebook

Published: 30 Aug 2021

VERDICT

Vaccine boosters help maintain protection provided by initial vaccination; boosters have been used for routine vaccinations like tetanus and polio for decades

CLAIM
A COVID-19 booster means that the initial vaccination didn’t work

SOURCE: Facebook users , Facebook

Published: 28 Aug 2021

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U.S. prison releases complemented other strategies to limit the spread of COVID-19 in jails and prisons, including face masks

CLAIM
Masks don’t work; prisoners were released instead of being given masks

SOURCE: Facebook Users , Facebook

Published: 16 Aug 2021

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Ethylene oxide is used for sterilizing medical equipment, including nasal swabs, but it’s removed before use

CLAIM
Ethylene oxide in nasal swabs used for COVID-19 testing is harmful

SOURCE: TikTok users, Facebook users, TikTok, Facebook

Published: 26 Jul 2021

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In the U.S. new COVID-19 cases are concentrated in areas with low vaccination rates

CLAIM
The non-vaccinated don’t get tested, so the increase in COVID-19 cases is made up or due to the vaccinated

SOURCE: Facebook Users , Facebook

Published: 25 Jul 2021

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Activated charcoal tablets are unlikely to be effective in counteracting date rape drugs; individuals who have been given date rape drugs should seek medical attention

CLAIM
“Buy yourselves charcoal activated tablets […] it will counteract most date rape drugs”

SOURCE: Facebook users, Facebook

Published: 29 Jun 2021

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Fully vaccinated individuals are exempt from wearing a mask because they are less vulnerable to infection by SARS-CoV-2 than unvaccinated people

CLAIM
Unvaccinated people have to wear masks to protect vaccinated people

SOURCE: Facebook Users, Facebook

Published: 04 Jun 2021

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