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The Explainer: From influencers to QAnon - how misinformation changed in Ireland over the past year
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The Explainer: From influencers to QAnon - how misinformation changed in Ireland over the past year

Thu 6:30 PM 6,292 Views 0 Comments

From WhatsApp messages to conspiracy theories, we explore how misinformation has evolved over the last 12 months.

Debunked: No, Travellers were not protesting outside a Dublin Pfizer plant for access to the Covid-19 vaccine
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Debunked: No, Travellers were not protesting outside a Dublin Pfizer plant for access to the Covid-19 vaccine

Apr 13th 2021, 7:58 PM 39,596 Views 0 Comments

The claim was circulated on WhatsApp, Twitter and Facebook this week.

FactCheck: No, the Tánaiste did not say lockdown would continue 'indefinitely'
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FactCheck: No, the Tánaiste did not say lockdown would continue 'indefinitely'

Mar 25th 2021, 6:00 AM 24,641 Views 0 Comments

Leo Varadkar was talking about the Zero Covid strategy and mandatory hotel quarantine.

FactCheck: Is the medication ivermectin an alternative to Covid-19 vaccines?
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FactCheck: Is the medication ivermectin an alternative to Covid-19 vaccines?

Mar 24th 2021, 12:05 AM 37,489 Views 0 Comments

A lot of studies are being carried out into whether the anti-parasitic drug could be used to treat Covid-19.

Factfind: Has Ireland experienced 'excess mortality' since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic?
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Factfind: Has Ireland experienced 'excess mortality' since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic?

Mar 12th 2021, 6:00 AM 62,762 Views 0 Comments

Several posts on social media have tried to play down the need for lockdowns by pointing to excess deaths.

Debunked: No, all Direct Provision residents at Mosney are not receiving vaccine ahead of priority schedule
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Debunked: No, all Direct Provision residents at Mosney are not receiving vaccine ahead of priority schedule

Mar 11th 2021, 6:30 AM 12,216 Views 0 Comments

The HSE is still working through the first four cohorts in the sequencing list.

FactCheck: Misleading Covid-19 claims in a leaflet made by three political parties
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FactCheck: Misleading Covid-19 claims in a leaflet made by three political parties

Mar 2nd 2021, 12:05 AM 75,750 Views 17 Comments

The leaflet was produced by Renua, the Irish Freedom Party and Direct Democracy Ireland.

Factfind: Does the WHO 'not recommend' using rapid Covid tests in schools, as Norma Foley claimed?
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Factfind: Does the WHO 'not recommend' using rapid Covid tests in schools, as Norma Foley claimed?

Feb 26th 2021, 8:31 PM 25,925 Views 0 Comments

Unions have called for regular rapid testing as part of the re-opening of schools next month.

Debunked: No, People Before Profit has not organised a 'pro-lockdown' rally
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Debunked: No, People Before Profit has not organised a 'pro-lockdown' rally

Feb 26th 2021, 6:00 AM 13,582 Views 0 Comments

A false flyer advertising a pro-lockdown rally has been incorrectly attributed to People Before Profit and Le Chéile.

FactFind: What are Covid-19 vaccines effective at preventing?
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FactFind: What are Covid-19 vaccines effective at preventing?

Feb 24th 2021, 8:00 PM 19,475 Views 0 Comments

A social media post has drawn incorrect conclusions to suggest that Covid-19 vaccines are ineffective.

FactCheck: No, this photo of a massive crowd in Bucharest does not show a protest against Covid-19 restrictions
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FactCheck: No, this photo of a massive crowd in Bucharest does not show a protest against Covid-19 restrictions

Feb 24th 2021, 4:48 PM 30,237 Views 0 Comments

Social media posts have falsely described a photo from Romania in 2017 as a recent anti-restrictions protest.

Debunked: No, this impressive photo of a mountain isn't from Donegal
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Debunked: No, this impressive photo of a mountain isn't from Donegal

Feb 19th 2021, 5:53 PM 5,727 Views 0 Comments

A photo of mountain with unusual clouds above it has been mistakenly labelled as Mount Errigal in Donegal.

FactCheck: Covid-19 claims shared on a LED display driven around a number of locations in Ireland are false
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FactCheck: Covid-19 claims shared on a LED display driven around a number of locations in Ireland are false

Feb 19th 2021, 12:05 AM 49,409 Views 0 Comments

Messages flashed on an LED display beside roads are spreading misinformation about Covid-19.

Debunked: No, an FOI request did not show that RTÉ 'took orders' from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
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Debunked: No, an FOI request did not show that RTÉ 'took orders' from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Feb 14th 2021, 7:30 AM 34,806 Views 0 Comments

A post on Facebook suggests that the broadcaster received money from a number of international groups.

Debunked: Yes, the virus that causes Covid-19 has been isolated and photographed
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Debunked: Yes, the virus that causes Covid-19 has been isolated and photographed

Feb 9th 2021, 6:30 AM 31,264 Views 0 Comments

A post on Instagram claims that SARS-CoV-2 has never been isolated.

Debunked: No, there wasn't a media blackout on Simon Coveney's official visit to Turkey last month
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Debunked: No, there wasn't a media blackout on Simon Coveney's official visit to Turkey last month

Feb 5th 2021, 6:45 AM 23,864 Views 0 Comments

It has been claimed that the media was told not to cover the minister’s trip last month.

FactFind: Is the coronavirus 'partially seasonal', as the Tánaiste has claimed?
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FactFind: Is the coronavirus 'partially seasonal', as the Tánaiste has claimed?

Jan 30th 2021, 6:30 AM 59,571 Views 53 Comments

It’s too soon to determine whether this coronavirus is seasonal, the WHO and a virologist have said.

Debunked: No, a Wexford doctor's death was not related to the Covid-19 vaccine
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Debunked: No, a Wexford doctor's death was not related to the Covid-19 vaccine

Jan 26th 2021, 3:22 PM 31,285 Views 0 Comments

Dr Keshav Sharma died on 11 January.

FactCheck: No, the lack of hospitalisations from flu is not because cases are mistakenly being diagnosed as Covid-19
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FactCheck: No, the lack of hospitalisations from flu is not because cases are mistakenly being diagnosed as Covid-19

Jan 23rd 2021, 12:05 AM 46,439 Views 0 Comments

The claim goes against what medical and scientific experts have observed in Ireland and other countries around the world.

Factfind: What advice did NPHET give to Government around the closure of schools?
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Factfind: What advice did NPHET give to Government around the closure of schools?

Jan 21st 2021, 12:05 AM 49,368 Views 0 Comments

Debate about the safety of schools in relation to Covid-19 is ongoing.

FactCheck: Yes, masks, including cloth masks, can help prevent Covid-19 transmission
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FactCheck: Yes, masks, including cloth masks, can help prevent Covid-19 transmission

Jan 15th 2021, 6:09 PM 24,836 Views 0 Comments

Studies have shown that masks can help prevent the spread of the virus.

FactCheck: No, the WHO didn't say a positive Covid-19 test is more likely due to a cold
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FactCheck: No, the WHO didn't say a positive Covid-19 test is more likely due to a cold

Jan 15th 2021, 11:54 AM 25,412 Views 0 Comments

False claims on social media have inaccurately attributed a quote to the World Health Organization.

Debunked: A comparison of deaths between January and October 2020 and other years is misleading
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Debunked: A comparison of deaths between January and October 2020 and other years is misleading

Jan 14th 2021, 6:10 AM 60,893 Views 0 Comments

The post incorrectly compares CSO data for ten months in 2020 with previous years.

Factfind: Did the government actually follow NPHET's advice heading into December?
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Factfind: Did the government actually follow NPHET's advice heading into December?

Jan 14th 2021, 12:05 AM 58,316 Views 0 Comments

This week, Health Mininister Stephen Donnelly denied the government had gone against public health advice.

Debunked: Several claims about Covid-19 in a video featuring Dolores Cahill are false or misleading
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Debunked: Several claims about Covid-19 in a video featuring Dolores Cahill are false or misleading

Jan 9th 2021, 10:30 AM 281,216 Views 0 Comments

The video was posted online before Christmas and now has more than 1 million views.

FactCheck: No, Pfizer did not say unprotected sex should be avoided after the vaccine because of risk from 'genetic manipulation'
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FactCheck: No, Pfizer did not say unprotected sex should be avoided after the vaccine because of risk from 'genetic manipulation'

Jan 8th 2021, 6:17 PM 44,726 Views 0 Comments

A false claim on social media suggests that a Pfizer document said vaccine recipients should not have unprotected sex for 28 days after receiving their second dose.

Debunked: No, this poster is not from the HSE telling people to report neighbours who do not wear a mask
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Debunked: No, this poster is not from the HSE telling people to report neighbours who do not wear a mask

Jan 8th 2021, 12:55 PM 25,562 Views 0 Comments

A poster that falsely claims to have been published by the HSE is being shared on social media.

Debunked: No, this is not a photo of a man attacked by George Nkencho
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Debunked: No, this is not a photo of a man attacked by George Nkencho

Jan 4th 2021, 6:02 PM 6,549 Views 0 Comments

An image being shared on social media is actually of an Everton football fan attacked in 2019.

FactCheck: No, George Nkencho was not a convicted criminal out on bail for attacking his girlfriend
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FactCheck: No, George Nkencho was not a convicted criminal out on bail for attacking his girlfriend

Jan 4th 2021, 5:51 PM 37,515 Views 0 Comments

A claim on social media says that George Nkencho had 32 convictions, but this is false.

Debunked: No, a Freedom of Information request to the HSE did not prove that Covid-19 does not exist
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Debunked: No, a Freedom of Information request to the HSE did not prove that Covid-19 does not exist

Dec 29th 2020, 5:52 PM 39,511 Views 0 Comments

The claim originated in a series of posts by Anti-Corruption Ireland last week.

Debunked: No, a former Pfizer employee was not correct to say there is 'no need for vaccines'
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Debunked: No, a former Pfizer employee was not correct to say there is 'no need for vaccines'

Dec 28th 2020, 1:51 PM 147,440 Views 0 Comments

Quotes attributed to Dr Mike Yeadon are inaccurate.

Debunked: No, this video does not show that a hospital in the North lied about being over capacity
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Debunked: No, this video does not show that a hospital in the North lied about being over capacity

Dec 28th 2020, 1:17 PM 1,612 Views 0 Comments

The Northern Trust has said that claims of lies about hospital capacity in the North are “ridiculous”.

Debunked: No, this US nurse who fainted after her Covid-19 vaccine has not died
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Debunked: No, this US nurse who fainted after her Covid-19 vaccine has not died

Dec 23rd 2020, 5:30 PM 90,754 Views 0 Comments

The nurse has said her fainting was not linked to the vaccine, but to a health condition she has.

Debunked: No, this photo does not show Paris 'in full out war' over Covid-19 restrictions
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Debunked: No, this photo does not show Paris 'in full out war' over Covid-19 restrictions

Dec 23rd 2020, 11:18 AM 2,079 Views 0 Comments

The photo was taken in 2018 when France won the World Cup.

FactCheck: No, a claim by an Irish doctor that PCR tests have a 97% false positive rate is not true
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FactCheck: No, a claim by an Irish doctor that PCR tests have a 97% false positive rate is not true

Dec 22nd 2020, 12:05 AM 46,786 Views 0 Comments

The video, which has attracted hundreds of shares and likes on Facebook, makes a number of claims about PCR testing.

How anti-vaccine misinformation took aim at the Toy Show - and what can be done about it
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How anti-vaccine misinformation took aim at the Toy Show - and what can be done about it

Dec 21st 2020, 7:00 AM 45,251 Views 104 Comments

Ireland is seeing a lot of misinformation about vaccines right now – and there’s no sign of it stopping.

FactFind: Has Covid-19 impacted the overall number of deaths in Ireland this year?
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FactFind: Has Covid-19 impacted the overall number of deaths in Ireland this year?

Dec 18th 2020, 7:00 PM 48,998 Views 0 Comments

Deaths rose by 14.1% in the second quarter of 2020 compared to the same period in 2019.

FactCheck: No, it is not true that only people with pre-existing conditions have died from Covid-19 in the UK
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FactCheck: No, it is not true that only people with pre-existing conditions have died from Covid-19 in the UK

Dec 17th 2020, 5:56 PM 17,261 Views 0 Comments

A post on social media has falsely claimed that the NHS confirmed no Covid-19 deaths occurred among people without a pre-existing condition.

FactCheck: Was Micheál Martin right to say that the banks were not bailed out in 2008?
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FactCheck: Was Micheál Martin right to say that the banks were not bailed out in 2008?

Dec 16th 2020, 6:56 PM 60,807 Views 0 Comments

The Taoiseach has suggested that the bank guarantee was an investment.

FactCheck: Are RNA Covid-19 vaccines actually responsible for 'genetic manipulation'?
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FactCheck: Are RNA Covid-19 vaccines actually responsible for 'genetic manipulation'?

Dec 11th 2020, 3:03 PM 20,171 Views 0 Comments

A tweet going viral raises the spectre of some vaccines causing lasting genetic change to our cells, but this is untrue.

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