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This month
January 2023
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Debunked: Claims that an NFL player collapsed due to a Covid-19 vaccine are completely unfounded
Multiple social media posts have incorrectly claimed that Hamlin’s collapse was caused by a Covid-19 vaccine.
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Debunked: No, refugees are not still being housed at a school in Drimnagh
A number of social media posts incorrectly claimed that pupils may not be able to return to the school today, prompting protests.
Last month
December 2022
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'A young girl has lost her life': Unproven claim about homeless death spreads from Facebook to the Dáil
The rumour has circulated widely online in recent days.
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Debunked: Conspiracy theory 'documentary' repeats long-disproven claims about Covid vaccines
‘Died Suddenly’ is heavy on gruesome medical imagery, but light on facts
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Debunked: Asylum seekers, not economic migrants, are being housed at the East Wall building
Multiple false claims were levied against asylum seekers and Ukrainian refugees
Last year
2022
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Debunk: No, these maps don't show large areas of Irish cities that 'could be underwater’ by 2050
While the ‘stark images’ are alarming, they depict something else.
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Debunked: Five common climate myths and why they're wrong
As COP27 climate summit begins in Egypt, here are the facts on climate change.
Human health ‘at the mercy of fossil fuels’, report warns
World hunger at 'catastrophic' levels amid 'toxic cocktail' of conflict, climate change and Covid
# Northern Ireland Protocol
Debunked: No, the NI Protocol has not impacted on heart surgeries in Northern Ireland
DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson has said the Protocol is responsible for delays to cardiac services.
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Debunked: World Economic Forum did not say Covid lockdowns were test for ‘social-credit scheme’
Irish social media users shared a headline from a fake news site
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Debunked: No, excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is not down to natural causes
Spurious claims were made by an Australian climate change denier
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Debunked: No, 35km queues of traffic have not formed at the Russia-Finland border
The videos posted on social media are not of the current situation on the border.
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Debunked: Climate change is real - it is not a 'hoax' or a 'scam' designed to control people
Claims on social media suggest that climate change is made up.
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Debunked: Tony Cascarino did not throw his takeaway in the bin and other fake queen claims
There were no Irish dancers at Buckingham Palace either.
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Debunked: Teacher wasn't jailed over pronouns, but for breaking a court order by going to school
Burke was sent to Mountjoy Prison this week.
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Debunked: A quote by Yuval Noah Harari that technology will 'replace people' is missing context
An image containing the quote has gone viral on social media.
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Debunked: Figures on Covid-19 deaths and underlying conditions have been taken out of context
Covid sceptics are misinterpreting CSO data to make inaccurate claims.
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Debunked: Yes, cows are a 'problem' when it comes to cutting greenhouse gas emissions
Two Facebook posts said cows are “not the problem” compared to emitting activities like flying.
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Debunked: It is misleading to claim that 30-degree heat is 'normal' during an Irish summer
Social media users suggest that climate change has been exaggerated in recent weather reports.
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Debunked: A claim that the UN accused Ukrainian forces of using 'human shields' is missing context
The use of human shields breaches international human rights law.
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Debunked: No, The Journal didn't report a man's death from monkeypox after his 'parachute failed'
An image featuring The Journal’s logo has been manipulated.
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Debunked: No, The Journal did not report that monkeypox lives on toilets for 120 years
The article has been photoshopped and the claim is fake.
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Debunked: Is it potentially dangerous to give dogs ice during high temperatures?
A viral post shared thousands of times during the heatwave warned against giving K9s ice, but is it true?
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Debunked: A drone image of lightning striking the Poolbeg towers has been digitally altered
The chimney stacks were hit by lightning yesterday, but this widely shared image has been doctored.
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Debunked: The pain from a kick in the testicles is not the same as giving birth to 160 children at once
It might be painful but there is no evidence to support the claim.
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Debunked: No, the UN did not warn of '500 million refugees on their way from Africa to Europe'
The UN Refugee Agency said it never issued such a statement and it warned of the damage disinformation can do.
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Debunked: Video game footage misleadingly re-packaged as footage from the war in Ukraine
Fake footage from the game Arma 3 has been doing the rounds.
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FactCheck: Is this a photo of Dynamo Kyiv players armed in military gear?
Social media posts claim ‘football practice is off the schedule’ as one of Ukraine’s most successful teams kits out in army combats to join the mililtary.
# oscars 2022
Debunked: These are not celebrity reactions to Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars
These are reactions from another scandal-making moment at the 2017 Oscars where the wrong winner was announced.
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Debunked: No, this is not an 8-year-old Ukrainian girl confronting a Russian soldier.
These are old photos of Ahed Tamimi, a Palestinian activist.
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Debunked: No, these are not photos of the President and First Lady of Ukraine fighting on the front line
The photos widely shared on Facebook and Twitter are old and out of context.
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FactCheck: Is this footage of the famed Ghost of Kyiv?
Reports of the ‘ace’ fighter pilot protecting the skies of Kyiv gave hope to Ukrainian resistance but is footage on social media real?
# meryl streep
Debunk: No, this isn't a photo of Meryl Streep after a director said she was 'too ugly' for a role
The actress did miss out on the part, but this photo isn’t as claimed
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Debunked: No, this photo of a ship in the Antarctic does not prove that the Earth is flat
An image on social media purports to show proof of a flat Earth.
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Debunked: No, the CDC is not selling $4.6 billion worth of vaccines each year
The CDC is the national public health agency in the United States.
# mask mandates
Debunked: No, mask mandates are not a 'war crime' that break the Nuremberg Code
Masks, mandates, and war crimes are not mentioned in the Nuremburg Code.
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Debunked: No, this politician didn't fake his Covid vaccine booster
Social media claims this photo shows the cap was on the needle, meaning the injection didn’t happen.
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FactCheck: This Irish video about masks is incorrect to claim they do not work against Covid-19
A video viewed thousands of times on an Irish Facebook page contains incorrect information about the effectiveness of masks.
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Debunked: No, 80% of Covid deaths during October were not in fully vaccinated people
The claim is contained in a text-based post on Facebook.
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FactCheck: No, Conor McGregor wasn't correct to say vaccines 'have not worked' to stop Covid-19
The MMA athlete-turned-businessman claimed “The vaccines have not worked to stop this whatsoever.”