Reviews of articles from: Facebook

CLAIM REVIEWS

Electric cars aren’t seven times more expensive than gasoline-powered cars, as claimed on Facebook

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An electric car “costs more than seven times as much” as a gasoline powered car

SOURCE: Facebook users, Facebook

Published: 21 Oct 2021

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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

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"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

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Pregnancy tests don’t provide a conclusive diagnosis for testicular cancer; not all testicular cancers produce the hormone detected by pregnancy tests

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For men, a positive pregnancy test equals testicular cancer

SOURCE: Anonymous, The Adley Show

Published: 22 Sep 2021

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1996 paper is about human evolution, not potential for genius

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“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

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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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A person’s decision not to vaccinate affects others, as unvaccinated people are more likely to get infected and spread COVID-19

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“the only person ‘hurting’ if I don’t get the vaccine is me. So mind your own business”

SOURCE: Brenna Spencer, Facebook, Twitter

Published: 06 Sep 2021

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Excess mucus is a common symptom rather than cause of disease; soursop is not a cancer treatment

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“Mucus is the cause of all diseases”; “Soursop [is] 10,000 times more effective than chemotherapy for cancer”

SOURCE: Facebook User, Facebook

Published: 02 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

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

SOURCE: Facebook users, Facebook

Published: 30 Aug 2021

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

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

SOURCE: Facebook users , Facebook

Published: 28 Aug 2021

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Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine demonstrated its efficacy and safety in several stages of clinical trials before been authorized for emergency use, and therefore isn’t experimental

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“Today the FDA announced they approved a drug whose Phase III clinical trials are not expected to be completed for two more years”

SOURCE: Benjamin Benulis, Facebook, Instagram

Published: 26 Aug 2021

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