Category: Fact Checks

Mail-in Voting Envelopes Don’t Reveal Party During General Election

By | 4th September, 2020

Quick Take Facebook posts falsely suggest that envelopes used for mail-in ballots in general elections reveal party affiliation, saying postal workers may “toss” votes. Voting experts say they don’t know of any such labels in general elections — only on envelopes during primary elections. Full…Read More »

Jill Biden Didn’t Propose All Americans Be ‘Required to Learn Spanish’

By | 4th September, 2020

Quick Take Jill Biden hasn’t said that all Americans will be “required” to learn Spanish if her husband wins the 2020 presidential election, contrary to a false claim shared on social media. The quote first appeared in a headline from a website…Read More »

Fact Check: Central Govt Giving Rs 1.5 Lakh To Municipalities For Every COVID Positive Patient?

By | 26th August, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic also brought many WhatsApp forwards with it. Not that it was a novel concept in our country, but the “helpful” home remedies to keep the virus at bay and some ridiculous “UNICEF” claims, made many believe it and make kadhas with cloves, ginger,…Read More »

My father is still alive, clarifies Pranab Mukherjee’s son as death rumours surface

By | 13th August, 2020

After rumours of former President Pranab Mukherjee’s death surfaced, his son Abhijit Mukherjee clarified that his father is still alive. Taking to Twitter, Abhijit said the former president is haemodynamically stable. He also expressed disappointment over speculations of his father’s death. After…Read More »

India To Eliminate Manual Cleaning Of Sewers, Says Min. Fact: Tech Not Ready, Caste Major Challenge

By | 15th July, 2020

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the government would employ technology for cleaning sewer systems and septic tanks and eliminate the need for manual cleaning both through technology and legislation, in her budget speech on February 1, 2020. But, even though a law…Read More »

Experts Call Out Claims That Cow Dung/Urine, Yoga, AYUSH Can Prevent Or Treat COVID-19

By | 15th July, 2020

The news of the spread of the novel Coronavirus or COVID-19 has fueled disparate claims that a range of substances such as cow dung, cow urine, practicing yoga, drinking alcohol, eating garlic, homoeopathic and Unani medicines can prevent or cure the disease.…Read More »

Donald Trump Jr. Shares Unsupported Claim that ‘Democrats’ Vandalized Statue

By | 12th July, 2020

Quick Take Donald Trump Jr. has shared a viral meme that makes the unsupported claim that a statue of abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass in Rochester, New York, was torn down by “Democrats.” Police have made no arrests, and are “still looking into”…Read More »

Social Media Posts Spread False Claim About Fauci’s Wife

By | 12th July, 2020

Social media posts falsely claim that Ghislaine Maxwell, the associate of convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, is the sister of Dr. Christine Grady, Dr. Anthony Fauci’s wife. Maxwell and Grady are not siblings. Full Story British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested July 2…Read More »

Truth behind farewell video of British Airways staff

By | 1st July, 2020

A two-minute video claiming that the airline has terminated its entire workforce from June 15 is going viral on social media. The video has been shared as a farewell message from BA staff, giving the impression that the airline is shutting operations.…Read More »

JP Nadda’s Claim On Maharashtra’s Education Ranking False

By | 22nd June, 2020

On February 16, 2020, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president JP Nadda claimed that Maharashtra’s education ranking improved from 17 five years ago to three under the chief ministership of Devendra Fadnavis. Maharashtra’s ranking has improved but not as per Nadda’s claims. The…Read More »

20 Countries Had Reported COVID-19 Cases When India Was Screening Passengers From Only China, Hong Kong

By | 31st May, 2020

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his address to the country today, claimed that India had begun screening of passengers from COVID-19 affected countries before it had a single patient. In fact, only three Indian airports–Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata–had begun screening passengers from…Read More »

20 Countries With Most COVID-19 Cases Have Conducted 28X Tests That India Has

By | 28th May, 2020

The top 20 countries with the most COVID-19 cases together have as much population as India, but have 84 times the cases reported and 200 times the deaths in India, said Lav Agarwal, joint secretary, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, on…Read More »

‘COVID-19 Misinformation Rose With Rising Confirmed Cases’

By | 27th May, 2020

Mumbai: Misinformation and disinformation around the COVID-19 pandemic rose with the rise in the number of detected SARS-CoV-2 cases, according to an analysis of 178 fact-checks published by BOOM, a fact-checking initiative, between January 25, 2020 and May 2, 2020. Of these,…Read More »

Claim: India Would Have 0 New #COVID19 Cases By May 16. Fact: It Has Reported 3,970 Today

By | 26th May, 2020

Delhi: Around early May 2020, the number of new COVID-19 cases every day would start reducing, and by May 16, 2020, the country would have zero new cases, according to a graph presented at a press conference on April 24, 2020, by…Read More »

Coronavirus: Which health claims are circulating online?

By | 25th May, 2020

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to affect countries across the world, false and misleading health advice is still being widely shared online. We’ve taken a look at some of the most recent examples and where they’ve come from. 1. The doctors who…Read More »