The world of information is complex – and fake stories and images are often widely shared on social media. Blasting News’ editorial team tracks the most popular hoaxes and misleading information each week to help you tell right from wrong. Here are some of the most shared misrepresentations from this week, none of which are legit.
Video is not proof that WHO chief was not vaccinated against COVID-19
False declaration: Social media users around the world have shared the claim that World Health Organization (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has not been vaccinated against COVID-19. The messages are accompanied by an excerpt from an interview in which, when asked when he received his first injection, the WHO chief replied: “I wanted to wait for Africa and other countries in other regions, low-income countries, are starting vaccination.”
- A reverse image search shows that in the full interview, posted on Science magazine’s website on June 18, 2021, Tedros clearly states that he was vaccinated on May 12 of that year.
- In a post on his Twitter account on May 12, 2021, the WHO chief even shared an image of him receiving the first dose of the vaccine.
Delta Force failed to seize arms shipment destined for IRS
False declaration: Social media users in the United States shared the claim that a United States special operations unit
Army Delta Force seized arms shipment bound for Internal Revenue Service (IRS) headquarters in Washington, D.C.
- A reverse image search shows that the allegation stems from an article published August 8, 2022 on the Real Raw News website, which has a history of publishing misleading or false information.
- In its “About Us” section, Real Raw News states, “The information on this website is for informational, educational and entertainment purposes. This website contains humor, parody and of satire.
- In a statement to Reuters, Marine Corps spokesman Major Jim Stenger said the claim circulating online was “false”.
Monkeypox is not only circulating in countries where Pfizer’s Covid vaccine has been distributed
False declaration: Social media users in Europe have shared the claim that the current monkeypox outbreak is only occurring in countries that have administered Pfizer-BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine.
The posts are accompanied by two maps purportedly showing countries that have reported monkeypox cases since May 2022 and countries where the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine has been approved for use.
- According to information from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as of August 11, 2022, cases of monkeypox have been reported in a total of 89 countries.
- The Pfizer vaccine, on the other hand, according to data from the pharmaceutical company itself, has been administered in 180 countries.
- According to the WHO, monkeypox, which has been around for decades, can be “transmitted from person to person through close contact with lesions, bodily fluids, respiratory droplets and contaminated materials such as bedding.”
Proposed Indigenous advisory body will not cause people to lose their private property rights
False declaration: After Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese tabled a draft referendum question on the creation of an Indigenous advisory body, social media users shared the claim that it would lead to Australians losing their private property rights.
“Did you know that under the Native Title Act, Aborigines have no private property rights. Under Uluru Voice, neither do you… #SayNo,” Josephine Cashman of the right-wing populist One Nation party posted.
- Elected prime minister last May, Albanese promised to hold a referendum vote during his term – ending in 2025 – to change the country’s constitution, which currently does not recognize indigenous peoples. The measure is opposed by the One Nation party, which is campaigning for the “no”.
- The idea of enshrining the so-called Indigenous Voice, which would advise the government on decisions affecting Indigenous peoples, comes from the Heart of Uluru Statement, which was adopted at the National First Nations Constitutional Convention in Uluru on May 26, 2017.
- In a statement to AFP, Paul Kildea, a law professor at the University of New South Wales, said the proposal aims to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have a say in the laws and policies that affect their lives, but have no law. decision-making power and will not be able to order parliament or the government to take action of any kind.
- It is also incorrect to say that under the Native Title Act, Aboriginal peoples have no right to private property. Passed by Parliament in 1993, the law recognizes “the rights and interests of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in land and waters in accordance with their traditional laws and customs”.
It is not true that there is a social program in Argentina only for homosexuals
False declaration: Argentine Internet users have shared a video in which two men claim to have received a social benefit from the National Social Security Administration (Anses) intended for LGBTQIA+ people.
“Guys, they filed the Gay Plan of 25,000 pesos paid by Anses for me and my friend La Vicky”, says one of the men in the clip broadcast on the Kwai video platform.
- In the lower right corner of the video posted on Kwai, it is possible to see that the clip was posted by an account named AlexGatica. A web search shows that the user has accounts on different social networks (TikTok, Instagram and YouTube), in which he presents himself as “digital creator”, “producer” and “singer”.
- AlexGatica then posted a new video on his account to discuss the subject: “Me and my friend made a video here on TikTok saying that we benefited from receiving the new Gay Plan that ANSES was going to pay us, 25 000 pesos to be gay, which was totally wrong. It’s a humorous video.
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