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Fact checks about topical content and debate in UK news.

20 October 2021

Canada is not implementing a social credit scheme

A Facebook post falsely claims a scheme that monitors the actions of businesses and citizens and uses financial sanctions as punishments will soon be used in Canada.

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Canada is not implementing a social credit scheme
19 October 2021

Bill Gates’ £400m claim about green investment was wrong

The entrepreneur said both his organisation and the UK government were contributing £400 million each to a new fund.

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Bill Gates’ £400m claim about green investment was wrong
14 October 2021

Social media post appears to overstate risk of vaccine blood clots

A Facebook post implies the risk of developing a blood clot or heart problem from a Covid-19 vaccine outweighs the benefits.

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Social media post appears to overstate risk of vaccine blood clots
13 October 2021

Daily Mail report on GPs seeing fewer patients on Fridays needs more context

There are some important caveats to figures showing GP appointments drop off later in the week.

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Daily Mail report on GPs seeing fewer patients on Fridays needs more context
12 October 2021

No evidence New South Wales Premier resigned over bribes from Pfizer or AstraZeneca

While Australian politician Gladys Berejiklian has resigned recently it has nothing to do with vaccinations.

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No evidence New South Wales Premier resigned over bribes from Pfizer or AstraZeneca
8 October 2021

Boris Johnson claim about HGV driver visas sparks confusion

The Prime Minister told a BBC journalist that 127 HGV drivers had applied for short-term visas. But the government’s bizarrely refused to explain how that figure is calculated.

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Boris Johnson claim about HGV driver visas sparks confusion
30 September 2021

Chemical used to sterilise Covid-19 tests won’t turn into deadly antifreeze

A video incorrectly suggests a gas used to sterilise lateral flow tests can cause cancer and its use is being hidden from the public.

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Chemical used to sterilise Covid-19 tests won’t turn into deadly antifreeze
28 September 2021

Woman filling bags with petrol was not filmed in south London

A tweet falsely claims that a woman was filmed filling plastic bags full of petrol at an Esso forecourt in Tooting.

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Woman filling bags with petrol was not filmed in south London
27 September 2021

Not all bumblebees are endangered

A Facebook post wrongly suggests that all bumblebees are endangered.

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Not all bumblebees are endangered
7 September 2021

Germany has not stopped using Covid-19 vaccines

A social media post falsely claims Germany’s government no longer recommends Covid-19 vaccination.

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Germany has not stopped using Covid-19 vaccines

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