Reviews of articles from: Facebook

CLAIM REVIEWS

Inaccurate clickbait headline in Forbes article used to promote the false claim that COVID-19 vaccines change our DNA

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Forbes article is evidence that COVID-19 vaccines change our DNA

SOURCE: Social media users, Facebook, Instagram

Published: 02 Dec 2021

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Pathogens can evolve to be more virulent over time, contrary to nutritionist’s claim

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“Pathogens evolve to become less, not more, virulent over time”

SOURCE: Mike Mutzel, Facebook

Published: 01 Dec 2021

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Tromethamine in the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children acts to improve the stability of the vaccine; it isn’t in the vaccine as a heart medication

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The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children contains tromethamine, “a heart attack medication” with “a lot of potentially serious side effects”

SOURCE: Social media users, TikTok, Facebook, Instagram

Published: 12 Nov 2021

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No evidence suggests that Pfizer’s smoking cessation medication Chantix increases the risk of cancer; recall of this product is irrelevant to the safety of COVID-19 vaccines

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It “took 15 years to uncover” Chantix’s carcinogenic effects; there are reasons for being “skeptical of something that hasn’t even been established/approved for a full 12 months”

SOURCE: Social media users, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

Published: 05 Nov 2021

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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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