Reviews of articles by: Social media users

CLAIM REVIEWS

Alleged Morgellons test with cranberry juice doesn’t show nanoparticles, but precipitates from tannin-protein interactions

CLAIM
Morgellons test using cranberry juice pulls out nanoparticles from chemtrails and air pollution

SOURCE: Social media users, Facebook, TikTok

Published: 16 Mar 2023

VERDICT

Viral memes listing COVID-19 topics about which authorities were allegedly “wrong” rehash debunked misinformation

CLAIM
We were lied about “COVID-19 numbers”, treatments, natural immunity, and the origin of the virus; COVID-19 vaccines and control measures “didn’t work”

SOURCE: Social media users, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

Published: 07 Mar 2023

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Infection-induced immunity is more unpredictable and poses a higher risk than vaccine-induced immunity

CLAIM
“natural immunity provides superior protection to experimental vaccines; “They lied and said Natural Immunity wasn’t better than [vaccine]-induced immunity”

SOURCE: Social media users, Children's Health Denfese, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

Published: 02 Mar 2023

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Sweetgum balls don’t contain Tamiflu’s active ingredient and there’s no evidence of an antiviral effect against COVID-19

CLAIM
Sweetgum balls contain the same active ingredient that Tamiflu contains, which is shikimic acid; It kills viruses including SARS-CoV-2

SOURCE: Social media users, Facebook, TikTok

Published: 27 Jan 2023

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The Pfizer bivalent vaccines are very unlikely to increase the risk of ischemic stroke, contrary to claims on social media

CLAIM
The Pfizer COVID-19 bivalent vaccine causes strokes

SOURCE: Social media users, Instagram, Twitter

Published: 18 Jan 2023

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Viral videos on Facebook promote unproven cancer cures; no evidence that pharmaceutical companies and the U.S. FDA are hiding the cure for cancer

CLAIM
Turmeric, ketogenic diet, ozone therapy, megadoses of vitamin C and adaptogens are cures for cancer that have been suppressed for four decades

SOURCE: Social media users, Facebook

Published: 24 Dec 2022

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Contrary to viral Instagram videos, COVID-19 vaccines remain highly effective against severe disease

CLAIM
Vaccine effectiveness has fallen from 100% to 20%; the early reported vaccine effectiveness figures were lies

SOURCE: Social media users, Instagram

Published: 08 Dec 2022

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Death of a four-year-old boy in Argentina was due to lung infection, contrary to social media posts implying vaccination was the cause

CLAIM
Death of 4 years old poster boy for vaccination campaign is linked to COVID-19 vaccine

SOURCE: Social media users, Facebook, Instagram

Published: 17 Nov 2022

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Type 2 diabetes is a risk factor for Alzheimer’s, but evidence so far doesn’t show that diabetes causes Alzheimer’s

CLAIM
“Alzheimer’s most of the time is preventable. It’s not genetic, and it’s type 3 diabetes, which is insulin resistance of the brain”

SOURCE: Social media users, TikTok, Facebook

Published: 15 Oct 2022

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Little clinical evidence supports the use of high-dose intravenous vitamin C to treat cancer

CLAIM
Intravenous vitamin C specifically kills only cancer cells and not healthy cells

SOURCE: Social media users, Facebook, TikTok

Published: 11 Oct 2022

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