The world of information is complex – and fake stories and images are often widely shared on social media. Blasting News’ editorial staff spot the most popular hoaxes and misleading information each week to help you tell right from wrong. Here are some of the most shared misrepresentations from this week, none of which are legit.
Pfizer documents do not show that vaccines are dangerous during pregnancy
False declaration: Social media users around the world have shared the claim that documents recently released by Pfizer show that the company’s COVID-19 vaccine is not safe for pregnant and breastfeeding women. The messages are followed by a screenshot of the alleged document.
- A reverse image search using the keywords from the shared screenshot shows that the text in question is not, as claimed, part of a series of documents recently released by Pfizer, but rather from a document published by the British Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) in December 2020.
- In a statement to AFP, a spokesperson for the MHRA confirmed that the agency was responsible for publishing the document, and stressed that the text did not reflect current guidance from UK health authorities, who strongly recommend that pregnant and breastfeeding women to get vaccinated against COVID-19. 19 vaccine.
- The spokesperson also said data from more than 104,000 pregnant women who received at least one dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in England and Scotland shows there is no evidence the vaccine poses a risk. for pregnant or breastfeeding women.
Amber Heard did not plagiarize lines from “The Talented Mr.
Ripley” during the trial
False declaration: Social media users in the United States have shared the claim that actress Amber Heard plagiarized lines from the 1999 film “The Talented Mr. Ripley” during her testimony on May 4 in the court case. defamation filed against her by her ex-husband Johnny Depp. According to the posts, Amber used lines of character Marge Sherwood, played by Gwyneth Paltrow, only replacing the name “Dickie” with “Johnny.”
- An analysis of Amber’s testimony on May 4-5, 2022, which aired in full on Court TV and Law & Crime Network, shows that the actress did not quote lines from the movie “The Talented Mr. Ripley.”
- During the trial, Amber reported that while she was married to Depp she suffered a series of physical and sexual abuse, a claim the actor denies.
The photo does not show a Chinese report on the partition of Russia after the war
False declaration: Social media users in Italy have shared an alleged screenshot of a Chinese state-run TV broadcast speculating on the partition of Russian territory after the end of the war. War in Ukraine.
“On Chinese state television CCTV, a map is displayed showing which countries the territories of the Russian Federation could go to after its hypothetical collapse (oil-rich Siberia is, of course, Beijing’s),” reads- on in the caption of some posts.
- A reverse image search shows that the map that appears in the alleged Chinese TV show has been circulating online at least since June 2020, when a Reddit user named galacticpasta posted the image along with the following caption: Russia.”
- According to Kazakh fact-checking agency factcheck.kz, the man in the image is an investment consultant named Tao Ye, who works for the Beijing Zhongfang Xinfu Investment Management Consulting Co.
- Searching for Tao Ye’s name can find the original video, posted on YouTube on June 30, 2021 with the following description: “The market remains strong and semiconductors are growing again.
- In the background of the original video, as expected, the map of Russia does not appear.
Video does not show Putin’s speech against ‘new world order’
False declaration: Social media users in Brazil have shared a video of a speech by Russian President Vladimir Putin, followed by a caption that says he criticized the ‘new world order’ and said world leaders are trying to reduce the population of the planet.
According to legend, Putin also said that Western countries encourage homosexuality and terrorism.
- A reverse image search shows that the video shared on social media was recorded in 2016, during the parade which takes place every year on Victory Day, which celebrates the triumph of the Soviet Union over the Nazi Germany during World War II.
- In the full speech, available in English on the official Russian government website, it is possible to see that Putin is actually paying tribute to the parents, grandparents and great-grandparents who fought in the war and asking for a moment of silence.
Disney hasn’t admitted to making a ‘huge mistake’ in supporting the ‘gender agenda’
False declaration: Social media users in Latin America shared a post claiming that the CEO of Disney admitted, after the company’s shares reportedly fell more than 70%, that it was “a huge mistake” to support “the ‘gender agenda’.
- A reverse image search shows that the information shared on social media was originally posted on April 8, 2022 by the USA Taters website, which contains the following message in its “About Us” section: “Everything on this site Web is fiction”.
- There is no record that current Disney CEO Bob Chapek or his predecessor Joe Barron, who mistakenly appears in the posts, made the claim circulating on social media. The report that Disney’s stock recently fell more than 70% is also false.
- The misrepresentation comes after Disney opposed a law passed by conservative Florida lawmakers and signed by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis that “prohibits classroom teaching about the sexual orientation or gender identity of the kindergarten through third grade.
- After the bill passed, Disney released a statement saying it “never should have passed and should never have been signed into law”. “We are committed to defending the rights and safety of LGBTQ+ members of the Disney family, as well as the LGBTQ+ community in Florida and across the country,” it read.
The map showing temperatures above 60 degrees Celsius in India is misleading
False declaration: Social media users in Thailand have shared a satellite image of India along with a weather temperature map of the country in April 2022, amid a severe heatwave in early summer.
According to the image, parts of India recorded temperatures exceeding 60 degrees Celsius.
- A reverse image search shows that the satellite image was originally posted on Twitter on April 29, 2022 by @PlatformAdam, an environmental data platform.
- “The current #extreme heat wave in #Pakistan and #India as seen today, the fourth day of intense heat, by #Copernicus #Sentinel3 LST (Surface Earth, not air!). LST collected on April 29 shows a maximum value above 62°C/143°F. Gaps due to clouds/snow/no data. #ClimateEmergency,” reads the tweet.
- According to experts, surface temperature is not the same as air temperature, a measurement that is used in daily weather reports and is much more important in understanding how human health and well-being are affected by heat.
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