Latest fact checks

Explore fact checks and topics

27 October 2020

This figure for flu deaths is wrong

A viral Facebook post claims that the flu killed 64,000 people in 2018. This is incorrect. 64,000 people died in January 2018 in England and Wales of all causes.

Read more…
This figure for flu deaths is wrong
27 October 2020

The asteroid which might enter Earth’s atmosphere on 2 November will not “hit” Earth

NASA says it is so small it would burn up in the atmosphere.

Read more…
The asteroid which might enter Earth’s atmosphere on 2 November will not “hit” Earth
27 October 2020

A video claiming to be from 1956 did not predict Covid-19

The video is modern and was made after the pandemic began.

Read more…
A video claiming to be from 1956 did not predict Covid-19
27 October 2020

Old faked picture of Obama and Bin Laden surfaces again

The picture has been edited.

Read more…
Old faked picture of Obama and Bin Laden surfaces again
27 October 2020

Stanley Johnson did write a novel called ‘The Virus’

The Prime Minister’s father wrote the book in 1982.

Read more…
Stanley Johnson did write a novel called ‘The Virus’
27 October 2020

MPs haven’t given themselves a £3,300 pay rise

A Facebook post claims New Zealand MPs took a 20% pay cut during the pandemic while UK MPs gave themselves a pay rise.

Read more…
MPs haven’t given themselves a £3,300 pay rise
27 October 2020

A tube sign expressing solidarity between London and Manchester is not a real sign

The sign states in the top left corner that it is fake.

Read more…
A tube sign expressing solidarity between London and Manchester is not a real sign
26 October 2020

Matt Hancock got the evidence about long Covid wrong

Younger people and those with milder illness seem less likely to be affected, according to data from the Covid Symptom Study app

Read more…
Matt Hancock got the evidence about long Covid wrong
26 October 2020

Facebook post about falling flu and pneumonia deaths is wrong

The widely shared Facebook post contains a number of inaccuracies about the number of people who have died from flu, pneumonia and Covid-19.

Read more…
Facebook post about falling flu and pneumonia deaths is wrong
26 October 2020

How poverty rates are cherry-picked to score political points

There are so many ways to measure poverty that it is hard to know what’s really going on—as MPs proved on Wednesday.

Read more…
How poverty rates are cherry-picked to score political points
26 October 2020

MPs can only claim £25 a day for food if they stay overnight outside London or their constituency

A viral post on Twitter claimed they can claim this every day and that it amounts to over £800,000. It doesn’t.

Read more…
MPs can only claim £25 a day for food if they stay overnight outside London or their constituency
26 October 2020

PTFE in masks does not pose a health risk, unless you get it very hot

Symptoms are similar to those described in the post, but this is rare and unlikely to be caused by normal mask-wearing.

Read more…
PTFE in masks does not pose a health risk, unless you get it very hot

Full Fact fights bad information

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