29th Jun 2020

Bill Gates doesn’t own the vaccine for or patent of the Covid-19 virus

A viral Facebook post claims he is a partner in a Wuhan lab, which he isn’t.

26th Jun 2020

Why did few MPs attend a debate on health worker pay?

This was a Petitions Committee debate. These do not lead to any direct decision or vote on changes to law.

26th Jun 2020

South Korean police don’t use purple dye cannons on protesters

Dye in cannons is a widely used but controversial policing tactic around the world.

26th Jun 2020

Facebook post about Italy, coronavirus and 5G is almost all false

The post wrongly claims Italian doctors have found Covid-19 is caused by a bacteria.

26th Jun 2020

Keir Starmer led the CPS when it did not charge Jimmy Savile, but he wasn’t the reviewing lawyer

Keir Starmer was Director of Public Prosecutions when it was decided there was insufficient evidence to charge Savile, but he was not the reviewing lawyer on the case.

26th Jun 2020

Covid-19 is the underlying cause of death for most people who die with it

ONS data suggests Covid-19 is the underlying cause of death for 94% of people who die with it.

24th Jun 2020

Alcohol-based hand sanitiser cannot catch fire, without a spark, just because it's in a hot car

Hand sanitiser can only ignite at temperatures found in a hot car if there is a spark.

24th Jun 2020

Footballers aren’t banned from wearing the poppy

The poppy has always been allowed in the Premier League. It was banned in international fixtures but this ban has been lifted.

24th Jun 2020

More people have probably been killed by coronavirus than were killed during the Blitz

An image being shared online is a fair reflection of what we know about the death tolls from Covid-19 and the Blitz.

23rd Jun 2020

Does any country have 'a functioning track and trace app'?

Boris Johnson claimed no country currently has a functioning Covid-19 track and trace app.

23rd Jun 2020

This honeycomb pattern was made by bees, but it was no accident

The picture was originally attributed to bees at a National Trust property, but actually seems to come from a beekeeper who partly curated the pattern.

23rd Jun 2020

Police have not warned the public about face masks doused in chemicals

Viral Facebook posts falsely claim criminals are handing out face masks doused in chemicals that cause unconsciousness so they can rob houses.

23rd Jun 2020

Many French care workers will get a tax-free bonus of up to £1,340 for working during the pandemic

Medical staff have previously been promised a bonus too.

23rd Jun 2020

Black Lives Matter Scotland say they did not produce “Kill a White On Sight” stickers

The group have said they do not support the message of the stickers.

23rd Jun 2020

Marcus Rashford did not tweet this at Katie Hopkins

The footballer did not reply when she tweeted at him.