Latest fact checks

Explore fact checks and topics

20 May 2022

Smallpox not the only infectious disease eradicated by humans

While reporting on the rise of monkeypox, the Times said that smallpox is the only disease ever eradicated by humans. But there has been another—the cattle disease, rinderpest.

Read more…
Smallpox not the only infectious disease eradicated by humans
20 May 2022

How many jobs has Crossrail created?

After Boris Johnson claimed at PMQs that 72,000 jobs have been delivered by Crossrail, we’ve looked at the numbers.

Read more…
How many jobs has Crossrail created?
20 May 2022

A picture of the sky does not show ‘chemtrails’

White vapour trails often seen in the sky are thin clouds of condensation left by aircraft engines—not evidence of a conspiracy to poison the planet.

Read more…
A picture of the sky does not show ‘chemtrails’
20 May 2022

Facebook post does show real images of the sun

Despite claims that they’re just CGI artwork, detailed images of the sun being shared on Facebook seem to be real.

Read more…
Facebook post does show real images of the sun
20 May 2022

Most Britons are not projected to be obese by 2040

While a Daily Express headline suggests otherwise, the proportion of Britons forecast to be obese or severely obese by 2040 is actually 36%.

Read more…
Most Britons are not projected to be obese by 2040
19 May 2022

Fake Washington Post screenshot says dachshund is the ‘face of online homophobia’

A story about a dog called Whitney Chewston did appear in another publication, but not in the Washington Post.

Read more…
Fake Washington Post screenshot says dachshund is the ‘face of online homophobia’
18 May 2022

Shadow cabinet member uses misleading £2,600 cost of living figure on BBC, ITV and Sky

The shadow justice secretary used an unreliable Labour estimate for the impact of the cost of living crisis. We have repeatedly asked Labour to stop using this number.

Read more…
Shadow cabinet member uses misleading £2,600 cost of living figure on BBC, ITV and Sky
17 May 2022

Post claiming the Pfizer vaccine has only a 12% efficacy rate is inaccurate

False claims circulating on social media about the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine are not based on newly published documents.

Read more…
Post claiming the Pfizer vaccine has only a 12% efficacy rate is inaccurate
17 May 2022

The UN doesn’t have a plan to abolish private land ownership

Both Agenda 21 and Agenda 2030 are non-binding plans intending to improve sustainable development around the world. Both include private enterprise.

Read more…
The UN doesn’t have a plan to abolish private land ownership
17 May 2022

Green levy costs do not make up 25% of energy bills

A claim made by Robert Halfon MP, who is in favour of scrapping green levies, on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme and repeated elsewhere is inaccurate.

Read more…
Green levy costs do not make up 25% of energy bills
17 May 2022

Government minister made misleading claim about employment figures

Northern Ireland secretary Brandon Lewis is the latest cabinet minister to claim that employment is higher than before the pandemic, when it is not.

Read more…
Government minister made misleading claim about employment figures
17 May 2022

BlackRock doesn’t own 75% of Ancestry

A Facebook claim that the investment management firm BlackRock has a majority stake in the genealogy website ancestry.com is false.

Read more…
BlackRock doesn’t own 75% of Ancestry

Full Fact fights bad information

Bad information ruins lives. It promotes hate, damages people’s health, and hurts democracy. You deserve better.