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Four False Claims About Monkeypox

Four False Claims About Monkeypox

Monkeypox is a viral disease that spreads through close physical contact with an infected person and large respiratory droplets that don’t travel more than a few feet. A recent meme on social media gets the facts wrong about how the virus spreads, its severity and symptoms.

Fake Shinzo Abe Tweet Dredges Up Baseless Clinton Conspiracy Theory

Fake Shinzo Abe Tweet Dredges Up Baseless Clinton Conspiracy Theory

Internet trolls have used the death of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and a fake tweet purportedly from Abe, to promote a long-standing, unfounded conspiracy theory that the Clintons are responsible for the deaths of multiple people. A suspect reportedly with a personal grudge has been arrested for the assassination.

Satirical Amendment Cited in False Claims About Kentucky Abortion Law

Satirical Amendment Cited in False Claims About Kentucky Abortion Law

The Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade on June 24, allowing laws banning abortion in several states, including Kentucky, to take effect. But social media posts falsely claim Kentucky is considering a law requiring all women of childbearing age to undergo monthly pregnancy testing. The claim stemmed from a lawmaker’s satirical amendment.

Website Peddles Old, Debunked Falsehood About COVID-19 mRNA Vaccines

Website Peddles Old, Debunked Falsehood About COVID-19 mRNA Vaccines

An executive at the German pharmaceutical company Bayer referred to mRNA vaccines used against COVID-19 as an example of innovation in biotech at the World Health Summit 2021. But a website post takes the executive’s words out of context to falsely claim he said the vaccines are gene therapy.