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4 September 2020

These figures for non-Covid deaths aren’t accurate

These figures appear greatly exaggerated.

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These figures for non-Covid deaths aren’t accurate
3 September 2020

This is not an image of a naked child “escaping” from Buckingham Palace

This was a viral hoax for a TV show.

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This is not an image of a naked child “escaping” from Buckingham Palace
28 August 2020

Figures for people seeking asylum in hotels and veterans sleeping rough are both wrong

It’s not true that 48,000 “illegals” are housed in hotels, and estimates of 6,000 veterans sleeping rough are likely to be too high.

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Figures for people seeking asylum in hotels and veterans sleeping rough are both wrong
28 August 2020

A graph spreading on Facebook gets it wrong on flu vs Covid deaths

Flu is not the underlying cause of deaths in more people than Covid-19.

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A graph spreading on Facebook gets it wrong on flu vs Covid deaths
27 August 2020

Children in Need is not donating £10 million to Black Lives Matter

The BBC charity is matching Stormzy’s £10m pledge to causes tackling racial inequality in the UK.

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Children in Need is not donating £10 million to Black Lives Matter
26 August 2020

A retracted paper linking 5G and coronavirus with no evidence is doing the rounds on Facebook

The paper, which was retracted days after it was published, did not prove any link between 5G and coronaviruses.

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A retracted paper linking 5G and coronavirus with no evidence is doing the rounds on Facebook
25 August 2020

Ukrainian soldiers have not died after having an American Covid-19 vaccine

Six members of the Ukrainian military have died of Covid-19 so far, but that wasn’t anything to do with a vaccine.

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Ukrainian soldiers have not died after having an American Covid-19 vaccine
20 August 2020

Claims that Warburtons now gets its wheat from the USA are wrong

The company changed suppliers but it will continue to get some of its wheat from the UK and some from Canada.

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Claims that Warburtons now gets its wheat from the USA are wrong
20 August 2020

Lowering the state pension age for women won't create four million jobs for young people

A post on Facebook incorrectly claims that allowing women born in the 1950s to retire at age 60 would create four million jobs for young people.

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Lowering the state pension age for women won't create four million jobs for young people
19 August 2020

Infrared thermometers do not affect the pineal gland

These thermometers do not emit infrared radiation, they measure it.

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Infrared thermometers do not affect the pineal gland
18 August 2020

Viral Facebook post on cost of “binned” test and trace app is wrong

The app hasn’t been binned, although the government did change direction with their original app to use the Google/Apple system.

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Viral Facebook post on cost of “binned” test and trace app is wrong
18 August 2020

Viral Facebook post compares the national living wage with the state pension

The post uses an average figure for the poorest pensioners and compares that to the minimum wage for people over 25.

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Viral Facebook post compares the national living wage with the state pension

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