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Fides: WHO launches new initiative to combat health misinformation

Published on : May 13, 2024

The aim is to build a network of healthcare influencers...

: First Check Team
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Fact-check: Onions won’t help you beat the summer heat

Published on : May 13, 2024

A recent video of an Indian politician talking to the...

: Allen Joe Mathew 
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Red Line Campaign: Spotlight on self-medication risks

Published on : May 9, 2024

The awareness campaign by the Indian Ministry of Health and...

: First Check Team
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Fact-check: Reducing calories in rice by adding coconut oil

Published on : May 7, 2024

Cooking rice along with any form of fat, not just...

: Allen Joe Mathew 
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Seeking Health Information Beyond Conventional Practices – An Excerpt From First Check’s Coffee Table Book

Published on : Apr 27, 2024

Social media and easy internet access accelerate false health information...

: Arulchelvan Sriram
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Fact-check: Ads promote bogus diabetes cure on Indian news websites

Published on : Apr 22, 2024

They endorse a dubious dietary supplement and unverified drug for...

: Allen Joe Mathew 
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Social cues shape perceptions of online information: Study

Published on : Apr 8, 2024

By acknowledging the social aspects of online information consumption, the...

: First Check Team
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Fact-check: Castor oil is not a magic pill

Published on : Apr 4, 2024

Contrary to what social media influencers may claim, castor oil...

: Allen Joe Mathew 
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Pro tips to find scientific health information on social media

Published on : Mar 20, 2024

Nutrition and fitness expert Layne Norton offers some sound advice...

: First Check Team
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Fact-check: The connection between gastric issues and stress in relationships

Published on : Mar 5, 2024

Stress, anxiety, and unresolved emotional conflicts can manifest in various...

: Florica Brahma
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Fact-check: DIY teeth whitening treatments don’t work

Published on : Feb 27, 2024

Social media claims about the magic mixture of toothpaste, baking...

: Aliya Zainab 
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Fact-check: Bulletproof coffee no magic bullet to weight loss

Published on : Jan 29, 2024

While the coffee concoction can kill food cravings and give...

: Deepika Khurana
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Fact-check: Consume beans for better digestion, weight loss

Published on : Jan 25, 2024

Instagram video is right about the positive impact of consuming...

: Florica Brahma
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Fact-check: DIY Vagus nerve massage can’t cure mental health issues

Published on : Jan 23, 2024

On social media, rubs and massages that “tone” one of...

: Deepika Khurana
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Fact-check: No magic diet can cure it all

Published on : Jan 15, 2024

The hype about Master Cleanse, Mono Diet, or Mediterranean diet...

: Deepika Khurana
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Menstrual hygiene: The health crisis we don’t talk about

Published on : Jan 4, 2024

Social media posts shed light on the plights of countless...

: Florica Brahma
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Social media listening crucial for tackling infodemic’s impact on health: Study

Published on : Jan 3, 2024

‘Informing social media analysis for public health: a cross-sectional survey...

: First Check Team
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Fact-check: Japan hasn’t banned BHT due to health risks

Published on : Nov 23, 2023

BHT is a lab-made chemical that is permitted for use...

: Florica Brahma
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Explainer: What is “fried rice syndrome”?

Published on : Nov 17, 2023

Bacillus cereus can exist on raw rice, and if it’s...

: Florica Brahma
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UNESCO unveils action plan to regulate social media platforms to fight disinformation

Published on : Nov 7, 2023

The first World Conference of Regulators to be held in...

: First Check Team
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Fact-check: Emergency contraceptive pills are safe

Published on : Nov 1, 2023

While they can be a powerful tool of women empowerment,...

: First Check Team
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Fact-check: Sweet salads don’t impact masculinity

Published on : Oct 27, 2023

The association of sweets with femininity has historically led to...

: Tej Kumar
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Online harassment deters doctors from fighting health misinformation on social media: Study

Published on : Jul 26, 2023

We need comprehensive anti-online harassment tools and how-to guides designed...

: Jisha Krishnan
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Fact-check: Xeroderma pigmentosum does not cause one’s skin to melt

Published on : Jun 28, 2023

XP affects the body’s ability to repair DNA damage caused...

: John Aloyzeus Reotutar
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Fact-Check: Bill Gates hasn’t scheduled the next pandemic in 2025

Published on : Jun 1, 2023

SEERS is a fictitious disease created for a pandemic-simulating exercise...

: John Aloyzeus Reotutar
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Fact-check: Hot water + pineapple ≠ cancer cure

Published on : Apr 28, 2023

Bromelain could be a promising therapy for colorectal cancer. However,...

: Naveed Ahmad Najar
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Fact-check: Do pandemics occur every 100 years?

Published on : Mar 3, 2023

Several past pandemics that occurred without such synchrony have gone...

: Toibah Kirmani
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Fact-check: Fake WHO post on ‘7 biggest brain damaging habits’ resurfaces on social media 

Published on : Feb 14, 2023

When the claim went viral in Nigeria in 2020, WHO...

: Naveed Ahmad Najar
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Fact-check: Eating pineapple doesn’t cause miscarriage

Published on : Feb 7, 2023

No scientific evidence to support causal link between pineapple consumption...

: Naveed Ahmad Najar
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Fact-check: Social media filters can be injurious to health

Published on : Feb 3, 2023

There’s an increase in body-image disorders, such as Snapchat dysmorphia,...

: Toibah Kirmani
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Fact-check: Examining the myth about regaining virginity  

Published on : Nov 3, 2022

Water boiled with groundnuts cannot help you regain your virginity....

: Pratibha
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Fact-check: Guava leaves cannot cure tumours 

Published on : Oct 31, 2022

Even if the tumour is benign, there is possibility of...

: Sharmila Saha Roy 
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Fact Check: Should we take up Nyquil Chicken Challenge?

Published on : Oct 3, 2022

Weird invitations to daredevilry, such as the Ice Bucket Challenge...

: Tej Kumar
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Fact-check: No home remedy to unclog heart arteries

Published on : Sep 15, 2022

There is no scientific study to prove that consuming betel...

: Sharmila Saha Roy 
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Fact-check: Monkeypox home remedies don’t hold water

Published on : Sep 9, 2022

There are multiple YouTube videos on home remedies for Monkeypox,...

: Tej Kumar
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Fact-check: No evidence to back unborn baby’s sex prediction myths

Published on : Aug 23, 2022

None of the pseudoscientific procedures help to determine the gender...

: Tej Kumar
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Fact-check: Mother’s milk no substitute for vaccines

Published on : Aug 5, 2022

Vaccines are the most useful and lifesaving inventions in medical...

: Tej Kumar
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Fact-Check: Ghee and cow milk do not cure cancer

Published on : Jun 23, 2022

On the contrary, some studies say that the consumption of...

: Tej Kumar
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Health misinformation: Each one spot one

Published on : Jun 15, 2022

If we realised how our emotions are being exploited and...

: Aliya Zainab 
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Fact-check: ‘Natural’ remedies can’t cure asthma

Published on : Jun 1, 2022

Debunking four misleading claims about home-based remedies for the major...

: Tej Kumar
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Flaxseed: No cure for thyroid problems

Published on : May 27, 2022

While flaxseed is a rich source of essential fatty acids,...

: Sharmila Saha Roy 
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Video warning against eating bitter gourd with ladyfinger gets 88 million FB views

Published on : May 19, 2022

A video claiming that “consuming bitter gourd or white radish...

: N Ahmad
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Fact-check: ‘Green juice’ cannot cure cancer 

Published on : May 6, 2022

Juicing removes fiber from fruits and veggies; consuming them in...

: Tej Kumar
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Don’t ignore period pain

Published on : Apr 20, 2022

Resorting to home remedies found on social media to help...

: Sharmila Saha Roy 
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Fact-checking: Why context matters

Published on : Apr 13, 2022

Although vaccines may contain mercury, formaldehyde and aluminium, there’s no...

: Pratibha
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‘Scientific research must be easy to find & share’

Published on : Apr 4, 2022

As the fight against COVID-19 continues, the scientific community is...

: John Aloyzeus Reotutar
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Lessons in tackling health misinformation

Published on : Jan 31, 2022

Understanding how the internet and social media have changed out...

: Dr. Debanjan Banerjee
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6 COVID-19 myths that refuse to die

Published on : Jan 10, 2022

A viral WhatsApp video, circulating in India, peddles old misleading...

: Tej Kumar
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When social media blows up hazards of drinking water

Published on : Jan 6, 2022

Some studies suggest that consuming eight glasses of water per...

: Tej Kumar
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Beware of home remedies for asthma

Published on : Dec 10, 2021

While organic compositions of natural products, prepared under laboratory conditions,...

: Tej Kumar
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AIDS is not a ‘chemical toxin’ or a ‘scam on gays’

Published on : Dec 1, 2021

World AIDS Day: Misinformation about the infection continues to spread...

: Tej Kumar
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No miracle cures for the heart

Published on : Nov 22, 2021

YouTube videos advocate easy, home-based remedies that not only promise...

: Tej Kumar
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Bottle gourd juice can be toxic

Published on : Nov 19, 2021

Research has established that consumption of bitter bottle gourd juice...

: Tej Kumar
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Smokers beware: No quick fixes to detox the lungs

Published on : Nov 12, 2021

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Despite social media posts...

: Tej Kumar
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Google, YouTube fix digital ads policy to curb climate change misinformation

Published on : Nov 5, 2021

The new policy against violating publisher content, Google-served ads, and...

: Abeen Shayiq
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Baseless theories about entry of women in Sabarimala Temple causing the 2018 floods in Kerala, debunked and clarified

Published on : Nov 3, 2021

If social media posts are to be believed, the 2018...

: First Check Team
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Beware of misleading Instagram posts on breast cancer

Published on : Oct 30, 2021

Under the guise of spreading awareness, unscientific claims – that...

: Tej Kumar
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Bitter gourd juice cannot cure diabetes

Published on : Oct 13, 2021

Contrary to what viral YouTube videos claim, studies show that...

: Tej Kumar
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Depression & anxiety: 3 myths about medical treatments

Published on : Sep 14, 2021

Investigating misleading claims made by a viral YouTube video on...

: Tej Kumar
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No scientific evidence yet to prove cow urine can cure cancer

Published on : Sep 8, 2021

Unless there’s solid data from human-centric research on the chemotherapeutic...

: Tej Kumar
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COVID-19 vaccines cannot be used to track people

Published on : Sep 3, 2021

Viral Facebook post in multiple South Asian languages falsely claims...

: Tej Kumar
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What The Fact! – Conspiracies, Concoctions and COVID

Published on : Sep 2, 2021

What drives the misinformation ecosystem is the lack of knowledge,...

: Varadarajan Ananthakrishnan
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Debunking three controversial COVID-19 claims

Published on : Aug 19, 2021

A YouTube channel called ‘Unmask Express’ has been consistently making...

: Tej Kumar
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Cow’s heart not used as replacement for human heart

Published on : Aug 10, 2021

An old Facebook post claiming that a woman’s failing heart...

: Tej Kumar
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Liquorice, lemon & honey: No magic formula to boost oxygen levels in the body

Published on : Jul 23, 2021

Contrary to what a viral YouTube video suggests, scientific studies...

: Tej Kumar
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Delta variant of COVID-19 is not hard to detect

Published on : Jul 20, 2021

A widely circulated WhatsApp forward falsely claims that the Delta...

: Pushpita Dey
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Vaccines don’t compromise one’s natural immunity

Published on : Jul 2, 2021

Prominent Indian lawyer and activist, Prashant Bhushan, was called out...

: Tej Kumar
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No link between anaesthesia and COVID-19 jab

Published on : Jun 28, 2021

A viral WhatsApp message falsely claims that using anaesthesia can...

: Tej Kumar
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Multiple YouTube videos falsely claim Covid-19 vaccination as ‘ineffective’

Published on : Jun 21, 2021

Decoding the common narrative that leads to misinformation about vaccines...

: Tej Kumar
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False claims touting cough syrup as ‘Covid-19 cure’ is misleading

Published on : Jun 14, 2021

A YouTube video claiming Bromhexine syrup as a cure of...

: Tej Kumar
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WhatsApp forward claiming ‘Vaccinated People Will Die in 2 Years’ is untrue

Published on : May 27, 2021

A widely-circulated message attributed to French virologist Luc Montagnier claims...

: Dr. Rohini Karandikar
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Post claiming vaccinated people are more susceptible to COVID-19 variants is misleading

Published on : May 14, 2021

Social media posts, based on a recent study conducted in...

: Jisha Krishnan
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Real vs fake Remdesivir injections: Know the difference

Published on : May 12, 2021

An injection named Covipri is circulating on social media, with...

: Tej Kumar
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No, taking a concoction of pepper, honey and ginger will not cure COVID-19

Published on : May 7, 2021

Despite a crackdown on misinformation, unproven cures and remedies continue...

: Pushpita Dey
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YouTube videos suggesting home remedies to increase oxygen are False

Published on : May 4, 2021

There is no scientific evidence to prove that a combination...

: Sahil Bali
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Video claiming tap water tested positive for COVID-19 is misleading

Published on : May 2, 2021

A video indicating that tap water can test positive for...

: Abeen Shayiq
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No, nurses are not purposely administering empty COVID-19 vaccines

Published on : Apr 30, 2021

Image of an elderly woman taking the empty Covid-19 vaccine...

: Sahil Bali
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No, an empty nebuliser is not a substitute for oxygen cylinder

Published on : Apr 26, 2021

Using a nebuliser in place of an oxygen cylinder will...

: Sahil Bali
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IAF official hasn’t written any message on using steam to counter COVID-19

Published on : Apr 26, 2021

There is no Air Marshal Ashutosh Sharma at Bangalore. Command...

: Tej Kumar
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NSA Ajit Doval didn’t write a letter lauding Kumbh efforts

Published on : Apr 23, 2021

Government officials confirmed that reports of the so-called letter praising...

: First Check Team
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Starting a steam inhalation drive will not end the pandemic

Published on : Apr 22, 2021

As India is witnessing a surge in cases, preventions and...

: Tej Kumar
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False claim uses Japanese Nobel laureate Tasuku Honjo name again to spread COVID-19 misinformation

Published on : Apr 19, 2021

As the world grapples with a health crisis and misinformation,...

: First Check Team
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No evidence to prove COVID-19 vaccine causes heart attacks

Published on : Apr 16, 2021

A social media post promoting a correlation between the COVID-19...

: Tej Kumar
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Post claiming sanitary pads cause cancer is false

Published on : Apr 12, 2021

There is no scientific evidence to prove that wearing sanitary...

: Pankhuri Agarwal
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COVID-19 vaccination: Beware of bogus dos & don’ts

Published on : Apr 2, 2021

While proper nutrition and hydration are essential for good health,...

: Jisha Krishnan
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Debunked claims of COVID-19 cures resurface in vernacular language

Published on : Mar 22, 2021

First Check found videos encouraging unscientific cures of COVID-19 on...

: Sista Mukherjee
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Are DIY disinfectants safe?

Published on : Mar 15, 2021

Youtube is awash with how to disinfect surfaces and many...

: First Check Team
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‘Stop the spread of Germans’ image is manipulated

Published on : Feb 5, 2021

An image circulating on social media saying "stop the spread...

: Sahil Bali
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No, COVID-19 vaccines neither make farmers sterile nor is a government ploy to take over their land

Published on : Feb 1, 2021

A Facebook page and its corresponding Youtube channel claim that...

: Sahil Bali
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Misleading message about Covid-19 vaccine efficacy viral on WhatsApp

Published on : Jan 25, 2021

A Whatsapp message with a number of assumptions and questions...

: Abeen Bilal
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Post about vaccines containing toxic levels of ingredients is misleading

Published on : Jan 19, 2021

The substances listed in the social media post are present...

: Sahil Bali
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No, coronavirus doesn’t lay eggs in throat, nor it can be cured in a day with herbal vaporizers

Published on : Jan 15, 2021

There is no study to back the claim that coronavirus...

: Sista Mukherjee
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Explained: Is eating poultry products safe amid bird flu?

Published on : Jan 11, 2021

WHO guidelines and experts recommend that it is safe to...

: Nabeela Khan
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Can red ant chutney cure Coronavirus?

Published on : Jan 9, 2021

Multiple Facebook posts claim that red ant chutney (sauce) is...

: Tej Kumar
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A false video on YouTube claims COVID-19 vaccine causes infertility in men

Published on : Jan 6, 2021

The COVID-19 vaccine does not cause infertility; the rumour is...

: Tej Kumar
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No, six-minute walk is not a test for COVID-19

Published on : Dec 23, 2020

https://youtu.be/8L_WWwuaj04 The recent misinformation trending on social media is the...

: Tej Kumar
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Facebook to prohibit ads that discourage vaccines

Published on : Dec 8, 2020

https://youtu.be/dREYs_m39sQ Facebook has said it will start prohibiting Ads that...

: Nabeela Khan
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No, ‘virus shutout necklaces’ cannot protect you from coronavirus

Published on : Nov 21, 2020

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to claim more lives, more...

: Nabeela Khan
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Vaccine hesitancy due to disinformation campaign, shows BMJ study

Published on : Nov 7, 2020

Social media disinformation campaigns are linked to falling vaccination rates,...

: Nabeela Khan
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Debunking 6 viral claims about COVID-19 remedies

Published on : Nov 1, 2020

There’s no dearth of posts on social media platforms claiming...

: First Check Team
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Drinking tea is not a cure for Covid-19

Published on : Oct 17, 2020

Claims about tea being a cure for COVID-19 have been...

: Nabeela Khan
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No, China does not hold the patent for drug remdesivir

Published on : Oct 2, 2020

https://youtu.be/LlByPznyWjk A WhatsApp message claims that the patent for the...

: Nabeela Khan
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No, putting basil leaves, camphor inside the mask will not purify the air nor it will protect you from Covid-19

Published on : Sep 10, 2020

Videos making false and misleading claims about masks are getting...

: Varadarajan Ananthakrishnan
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A video claiming coronavirus is like any other flu is false

Published on : Sep 3, 2020

A video is getting viral on Facebook, Whatsapp, Youtube claiming...

: Varadarajan Ananthakrishnan
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Battling vaccine misinformation: MMR vaccine has no association with Autism

Published on : Aug 14, 2020

There's scientific evidence to prove that the MMR vaccine doesn't...

: Nabeela Khan
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No, Vicks VapoRub will not help in reducing belly fat

Published on : Aug 6, 2020

There is no scientific evidence to prove that Vicks VapoRub, a topical...

: Parul Goswami
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Beware of apps that claim to check blood oxygen level, hackers are out to steal your data

Published on : Jul 30, 2020

A viral WhatsApp message in India is asking people to...

: Jisha Krishnan
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Unproven COVID-19 treatment list circulates on Whatsapp

Published on : Jul 27, 2020

A photo of a list of treatments claiming to have...

: Nabeela Khan
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Home-made blend of onion, lemon and honey will not prevent a heart attack

Published on : Jul 24, 2020

A video viewed millions of times claims that heart attacks...

: Sista Mukherjee
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No, homemade concoctions may not help in passing kidney stones

Published on : Jul 23, 2020

A Youtube video claims that a concoction of onion, cumin,...

: Abeen Bilal
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This video of undignified burial of dead bodies is from Indian state of Karnataka and not Russia

Published on : Jul 17, 2020

A video that has been watched hundreds of times on...

: Sahil Bali
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No, tying a sack of spices and camphor will not protect you from Covid-19

Published on : Jul 10, 2020

There is no scientific evidence that tying a homemade pouch...

: First Check Team
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Analysing social media response to COVID-19 misinformation

Published on : Jul 6, 2020

Social media platforms are under constant pressure to regulate misinformation....

: Nabeela Khan
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100 fake COVID-19 WhatsApp forwards that we almost believed

Published on : Jun 12, 2020

The spread of dubious claims and false information during the...

: Deepika Khurana
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Trends in Covid-19 misinformation in India

Published on : Jun 5, 2020

Amid an unprecedented global health crisis, health journalists faced a...

: Nabeela Khan
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10 Twitter posts on Covid-19 that mislead the world

Published on : Jun 5, 2020

We’ve been looking at some of the most widely circulated...

: Abeen Bilal