Poynter: How memes are used to spread misinformation

Poynter: How memes are used to spread misinformation. “Memes can be fun ways to comment on current events or pop culture. They also build a sense of community on social media. Unfortunately, memes have also become a sneaky way to spread misinformation. This viral meme was shared on Facebook, stating that COVID-19 cases are much higher now than before there was a vaccine. To some, it could sound like the vaccine is causing this high number of cases. Here’s how we fact-checked it.”

Poynter: No, Sen. Rand Paul wasn’t talking about COVID when he said ‘misinformation works’

Poynter: No, Sen. Rand Paul wasn’t talking about COVID when he said ‘misinformation works’. “It’s easy for misinformation to spread online. But misinformation about misinformation? That’s a whole different story. We came across a viral Reddit post of a headline that said, “Rand Paul Seen on Video Telling Students ‘Misinformation Works’ and ‘Is a Great Tactic.’” While the quote went viral in 2022, the video was from 2013 — years before misinformation became the big buzzword it is today. Here’s how we fact-checked it.”

Poynter: COVID-19 vaccines do not contain HIV

Poynter: COVID-19 vaccines do not contain HIV. “PolitiFact and other fact-checkers have reported that COVID-19 vaccines don’t contain HIV. The vaccines bolster the immune system rather than weakening it, as HIV does. The full lists of ingredients for all three vaccines approved for use in the U.S. — Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson — have been shared by manufacturers.”

New York Times: No, athletes are not dying from Covid-19 vaccines.

New York Times: No, athletes are not dying from Covid-19 vaccines.. “The conspiracy theory that athletes are collapsing or dying after receiving a Covid-19 vaccine resurfaced this week after two prominent voices advanced the idea. Senator Ron Johnson, a Republican from Wisconsin, spread the falsehood in an appearance on the conservative podcast ‘The Charlie Kirk Show.’”

Reuters: Fact Check-The Metropolitan Police has not opened a criminal investigation into Britain’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout

Reuters: Fact Check-The Metropolitan Police has not opened a criminal investigation into Britain’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout. “The Metropolitan Police has not launched a criminal investigation into Britain’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout, nor are officers shutting down vaccination centres as a result. Claims about such police activity have spread rapidly online and appear to be based on a branch in west London issuing a crime reference number (CRN) after a report was submitted of an alleged vaccine-related crime.”

Newswise: Pfizer CEO was referring to the omicron variant when he said that two doses of their vaccine offer “limited protection”

Newswise: Pfizer CEO was referring to the omicron variant when he said that two doses of their vaccine offer “limited protection”. “An interview with Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla is being used as proof that the initial vaccinations were ‘a failure’ or that the vaccine does not protect against COVID-19. We find claims that represent this interview as proof of vaccine failure are false and misleading. Bourla’s comments were specific about the Omicron variant of the SARS-COV-2 virus. ”

Poynter: No, public health officials aren’t passing off the common cold as the omicron variant

Poynter: No, public health officials aren’t passing off the common cold as the omicron variant. “In February 2020, as the earliest COVID-19 cases cropped up in the U.S., the late conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh told his listeners there was no need to worry. ‘The coronavirus is the common cold, folks,’ he said, pushing a false claim that would soon be repeated widely online. Nearly two years later, and after millions of people have died worldwide from the coronavirus and its variants, social media users are still taking up the refrain.”

Snopes: Did Betty White Say She Got COVID Booster 3 Days Before She Died?

Snopes: Did Betty White Say She Got COVID Booster 3 Days Before She Died?. “When beloved American actor and comedian Betty White died at the age of 99 on Dec. 31, 2021, no specific cause of death was immediately made public, though police said she appeared to have died from natural causes. With the COVID-19 pandemic still a major public health concern, social media rumor-mongers were quick to invent a specific cause of death out of whole cloth: White, they claimed, died just three days after supposedly receiving a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot on Dec. 28.”

Poynter: Fact-checking Glenn Beck’s claim that the US government ‘co-owns’ the COVID-19 vaccine

Poynter: Fact-checking Glenn Beck’s claim that the US government ‘co-owns’ the COVID-19 vaccine. “Is it true that the government ‘owns the vaccine,’ as Beck said? In short, no. But, as The New York Times reported Nov. 9, there is a long-brewing disagreement between Moderna and the National Institutes of Health over who developed a crucial part of the COVID-19 vaccine known as the mRNA sequence — and that could have implications for ownership of important patents related to the vaccine.”