Tag: false

11
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

Twitter flags Trump’s false claim about his COVID-19 immunity

By Jason Hoffman and Jordan Valinsky | CNN

Twitter just added a warning label to a tweet from President Donald Trump that claimed, without evidence, he is immune to coronavirus after his physician cleared him to resume public activities.

“A total and complete sign off from White House Doctors yesterday. That means I can’t get it (immune), and can’t give it. Very nice to know!!!” Trump wrote on Twitter Sunday.

He also claimed immunity in an interview on Fox News where he said he believes he will be immune for “maybe a long time, maybe a short time, could be a lifetime.”

There is no evidence that people are immune to coronavirus if they have been infected once, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC specifically cautions people not to assume they are immune.

Twitter’s warning label says the tweet “violated the Twitter Rules about spreading misleading and potentially harmful information related to Covid-19.”

“We placed a public interest notice on [President Trump’s] Tweet for violating our Covid-19 Misleading Information Policy by making misleading health claims about Covid-19,” a Twitter spokesperson said. “As is standard with this public interest notice, engagements with the Tweet will be significantly limited.”

Trump posted the same message on his Facebook account, but the platform hasn’t added a warning label despite the fact that it violates its rules. The post has been up for four hours and shared more than 24,000 times on Facebook.

CNN Business has reached out to Facebook for comment.

On Tuesday, Facebook removed a post from the President’s account after he falsely claimed the flu is more lethal than Covid-19.

Twitter has added this warning label to Trump’s tweets before. Last month, Twitter flagged a Trump tweet about voting twice. And last week, it added a warning

07
Oct
2020
Posted in website

Fact check: Website uses false recommendations from TV personality Deborah Meaden to promote bitcoin scheme

A website has used fabricated recommendations from businesswoman and television personality Deborah Meaden to promote a bitcoin investment.

Reuters Fact Check. REUTERS

An article on the website claims that Meaden announced on ITV This Morning that she made £11.5 million using a bitcoin scheme (tinyurl.com/y4qku2rr) .

The piece claims that during the live interview, co-host Holly Willoughby was given £190 to invest in the system. The website features a photograph of her jaw dropping “as she began making a real profit” on live television.

However, the image actually shows Willoughby reacting as a viewer explained how he took “revenge on a cheating boyfriend.” (A Hilariously Naughty Tale Of Revenge Shocks Holly And Phillip | This Morning) .

The image that purportedly shows Meaden during the interview with This Morning has been taken from an episode of Dragons’ Den (here) .

On her website, Meaden confirmed that the claims made by the website are false: “There are several websites and internet/social media articles claiming that investments have been made in one or more bitcoin trading platforms (including Bitcoin Trader). These claims are entirely false and I have made no such investment(s) and have no such association(s)” (here) .

Action Fraud, the UK’s national reporting centre for fraud run by the City of London Police, has warned the public not to assume such websites are authentic as criminals can exploit the names of well-known brands or individuals to make their scams appear legitimate (here) .

It said that people shouldn’t be rushed into making decisions, and that anyone thinking about making an investment should seek impartial advice from an independent financial adviser.

VERDICT

False. The quotes used on the website are fabricated and are used to promote a bitcoin scheme.

This article was produced by the Reuters Fact Check team. Read more