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Facebook Posts Distort Facts on Trump Actions

Facebook Posts Distort Facts on Trump Actions

Facebook posts credit President Donald Trump with accomplishing a list of things that haven’t happened — claiming, for example, that he “cancelled” a proposed House bill on contact tracing and “expelled WHO.”

Fauci Didn’t Invent, Won’t Profit from Remdesivir

Fauci Didn’t Invent, Won’t Profit from Remdesivir

A viral social media post falsely claims Dr. Anthony Fauci is “pushing” remdesivir as a potential COVID-19 treatment drug, because he “invented” it with Bill Gates and they stand to profit from it. Remdesivir was invented by the pharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences, which receives any profit from sales of the drug as a treatment for COVID-19.

False Claim Targets Gates Using Epstein Connection

False Claim Targets Gates Using Epstein Connection

There’s no evidence that Bill Gates ever visited Jeffrey Epstein’s private island in the Caribbean, contrary to a viral Facebook post claiming he went there numerous times. The “flight records” cited do not show that.

Conspiracy Theory Misinterprets Goals of Gates Foundation

Conspiracy Theory Misinterprets Goals of Gates Foundation

A conspiracy theory falsely claims Bill Gates is plotting to use COVID-19 testing and a future vaccine to track people with microchips. The Gates Foundation has advocated for expanded testing and has funded vaccine research, but neither of those involves implanted microchips.

New Coronavirus Wasn’t ‘Predicted’ In Simulation

New Coronavirus Wasn’t ‘Predicted’ In Simulation

A conspiracy theory website distorted the facts about an emergency preparedness exercise to suggest that the “GATES FOUNDATION & OTHERS PREDICTED UP TO 65 MILLION DEATHS” from the coronavirus now spreading. The event dealt with a hypothetical scenario involving a fictional virus.