A video has been uploaded to Youtube, which appears to show a man claiming he had a COVID phone and was able to unlock his iPhone using the app. The video is currently going viral on social media, but many are questioning its authenticity.
The world of journalism is complicated, and fake news and pictures are often disseminated on social media. Every week, the editorial staff at Blasting News identifies the most common hoaxes and incorrect information to help you distinguish truth from fiction. Here are some of the most widely circulated bogus statements this week, none of which are true.
The presence of “plastic coffins” in a field in a video does not indicate that a Coronavirus pandemic was planned.
False claim: A video from a 2010 edition of the truTV show “Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura” is circulating on TikTok and Facebook, claiming that the coronavirus epidemic was orchestrated by the US government. Former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones appear in the video, claiming to have discovered hundreds of thousands of “plastic coffins” on a piece of property near Madison, Georgia.
They believe this may be a sign that the government is planning a biological epidemic to murder thousands of “dissidents.”
- The containers in the film are burial vaults, or grave liners, made by a firm named Vantage Product Corp. They are not “plastic coffins,” but rather burial vaults or grave liners.
- The burial vaults are intended to preserve buried coffins and prevent the dirt on the grave walls from crumbling, according to Lisa Barlow, the company’s vice president, in a statement to Politifact.
- When a corpse is buried, the majority of cemeteries in the United States mandate the use of a burial vault, according to Barlow.
In 2021, the CDC did not issue a warning about a polio-like illness epidemic.
False claim: According to social media posts, the Centers for Illness Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a warning about a polio-like disease epidemic in 2021 in August.
According to the postings, the warning is an effort to conceal COVID-19 vaccination adverse effects.
- According to a statement sent to AFP by CDC spokesman Scott Pauley, the agency has not issued any such warning in 2021.
- The allegation seems to be based on an official warning made on August 4, 2020, four months before coronavirus immunization began in the United States in mid-December.
- Pauley also told AFP that acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), which was included in last year’s declaration, has nothing to do with COVID-19 vaccinations, which the CDC claims are safe.
Rudy Giuliani did not decline Queen Elizabeth II’s offer of a knighthood.
False claim: Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani stated in a speech commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Twin Towers attacks on September 11 that he had declined a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II because accepting it would force him to renounce his American citizenship.
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- In February 2002, Queen Elizabeth II awarded Giuliani a “honorary” knighthood for his reaction to the 9/11 attacks. Former New York City Police Commissioner Bernie Kerik and former New York City Fire Commissioner Tom Von Essen were also honored.
- While only British or Commonwealth nationals are eligible for “full” knighthoods, foreigners, such as Giuliani, are given “honorary” knighthoods.
- Foreigners do not have the choice of renouncing their citizenship and obtaining a British one in order to earn a “full” honor, as Giuliani indicated in his address.
Rudy arrived at the 9/11 dinner very inebriated. He’s impersonating Queen Elisabeth and telling the audience that he’s never been with a young girl and Prince Andrew. pic.twitter.com/U40YSzS34X
September 12, 2021 — Ron Filipkowski (@RonFilipkowski)
Apple has not said that it would only unlock iPhone 13 for those who have been vaccinated.
False claim: According to a social media post, Apple would only unlock the new iPhone 13 for individuals who have been vaccinated against COVID-19.
An purported video of the business introducing the new function follows the story.
- Apple acknowledges that the allegation is incorrect and that the video linked to the story is not official in a response to the Brazilian fact-checking organization Fato ou Fake.
- The Babylon Bee, a satirical website, first released the film, which imitates a typical Apple presentation.
- Apple did not specify any restrictions on the usage of the smartphone by individuals who have not received the COVID-19 vaccinations during the official event to unveil the new iPhone 13 on September 14, 2021.
Portugal does not assist ISIS, according to Al-Jazeera.
False claim: Portuguese social media users posted a photo of the country’s president, Marcelo Rebelo de Souza, taking a selfie with two individuals, one of whom was detained earlier this month on suspicion of having ties to Islamic State.
The picture has the Al Jazeera TV network’s logo as well as the words “Portugal supports Daesh.”
- The Al Jazeera logo and the text accusing Portugal of aiding the Islamic State were digitally added to the picture circulated on social media. A check of the broadcaster’s website reveals that no current news of this kind has been released.
- The photograph of Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, on the other hand, is genuine and was shot in June 2018 during a visit by the Portuguese president to the Mezze restaurant in Lisbon, which is renowned for its work with refugees.
- Yasser, an Iraqi citizen who was detained earlier this month together with his brother on suspicion of being a member of the Islamic State, was one of the restaurant’s workers at the time.
- Both Yasser and his brother were being watched by Portuguese police at the time of the president’s visit to the restaurant. In recent days, however, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa said that he had not been notified of the presence of a suspected terrorist at the location.
In Ethiopia, images do not depict schools that have been damaged by rebels.
False claim: Ethiopian Facebook users have posted two pictures of damaged buildings with the claim that the images depict schools destroyed in the northern Amhara region after an assault by rebels connected to the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).
- The two images posted on social media were shot in the United States, according to a reverse image search. The first, from October 2019, depicts a tornado that devastated a school in Dallas, Texas. The second picture depicts the aftermath of a tornado in Joplin, Missouri, in May 2011.
- The Amhara area has been devastated by severe battles between government forces and TPLF insurgents since November 2020. Thousands of people have died as a result of the war, which has also resulted in a catastrophic humanitarian catastrophe.
- Despite the fact that the pictures posted on social media were not shot in Ethiopia, the Ethiopian Ministry of Education reports that more than 7,000 schools have been destroyed as a result of the fighting between government forces and TPLF rebels.
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