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A viral Instagram post claimed that Mr Gates had bought the messaging app Telegram, to “retain control of what information people can share, think and research."

This is false. The Gates family has no commercial interest or ownership of Telegram and the screenshot accompanying the Instagram post has been digitally manipulated.

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A map in the Daily Express last Friday claimed to show the number of new Covid cases in each nation and region of the UK, with several apparently showing zero cases

All these numbers were wrong. None of these nations or regions actually reported zero cases of Covid on 29 April, or on any other recent day. Nor were any of the other case totals accurate.

Accurate reporting matters

A headline in the Daily Telegraph last week claimed that the “doubling of teenage depression rates” is linked to social media use

This is a misleading representation of the story. The main study cited in the article does not discuss any link between depression and social media, and social media usage was not investigated in the study.

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Full Fact launches consultation on the Framework for Information Incidents

Over the next eight weeks, we’re seeking feedback on a new shared model to fight online misinformation: the Framework for Information Incidents.

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Full Fact launches consultation on the Framework for Information Incidents

Fix information failures or risk lives: the Full Fact Report 2021

The pandemic exposed dangerous gaps in public data and communication systems - the government must act now to protect the public

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Fix information failures or risk lives: the Full Fact Report 2021

The challenges of online fact checking: how technology can (and can’t) help

New research report into the main challenges faced by global fact checkers when finding and checking claims online

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