Published on Thursday7 May 2020 at 05:00Updated on Tuesday26 May 2020 at 09:41
This is AFP's verification hub for tackling the damaging Covid-19 misinformation that is spreading as fast as the novel coronavirus. Updated daily, it contains debunks, tips, trustworthy sources and more.
Published on Wednesday19 February 2020 at 11:45Updated on Tuesday26 May 2020 at 09:33
Rumors, myths and misinformation about the novel coronavirus have spread as quickly as the virus itself. AFP Factcheck has been debunking disinformation as it emerges along with new cases across the world.
Here is a list of our 478 fact-checks in English so far, starting with the most recent:
Facebook and Twitter posts shared hundreds of times claim that Nigeria’s ruling party has piled up 27 trillion naira ($70 billion) in debt since it came to power in 2015. This is false; the figure includes debt accumulated by a previous government.
A post claiming that Interpol has identified a small town on the outskirts of Nairobi as a cybercrime hotspot has attracted hundreds of interactions on Facebook. The claim is false: Interpol has confirmed it has released no such data and AFP has traced the original story to a satirical website.
A video has been viewed millions of times in multiple posts on Facebook which claim it is “real” clip of the Pakistan International Airlines plane crash that claimed scores of lives in the city of Karachi on May 22, 2020. The claim is false; the video was created using a flight simulator programme.