Justin Bieber’s facial paralysis is caused by a viral infection; no evidence that COVID-19 vaccine played a role

CLAIM
Ramsay Hunt syndrome that caused Justin Bieber’s facial paralysis is linked to the COVID-19 vaccine

SOURCE: Social media users, Steve Kirsch, Facebook, Twitter, Substack

Published: 16 Jun 2022

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SADS is caused by genetic mutations affecting the electrical system regulating heartbeat; no evidence it is caused by COVID-19 vaccines

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COVID-19 vaccination is associated with the sudden death of young adults

SOURCE: Candace Owens, Facebook

Published: 14 Jun 2022

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Scientific evidence shows that mask-wearing is effective at limiting community transmission; claims that face masks increase mortality are based on flawed correlation studies

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“Countries with high levels of mask compliance did not perform better than those with low mask usage”; “Mask Mandates [are] Associated With Increased Covid Death Rate”

SOURCE: Zacharias Foegen, Townhall Media, The National Pulse

Published: 11 Jun 2022

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No scientific evidence supports claims that plant-based food supplements reduce blood sugar to normal levels and cure type 2 diabetes

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Plant-based food supplements get “perfect sugar levels restored” and “help with type 2 [diabetes]”

SOURCE: Facebook Users, Facebook

Published: 10 Jun 2022

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Large-scale studies have found that COVID-19 vaccination doesn’t increase the risk of negative pregnancy outcomes, contrary to claim by Naomi Wolf

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Babies of vaccinated mothers are dying in disproportionate numbers and the COVID-19 vaccines are responsible

SOURCE: Naomi Wolf, War Room Battleground, Substack

Published: 07 Jun 2022

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Published research from the Wuhan Institute of Virology didn’t describe artificially created monkeypox strains; the research is unrelated to the 2022 monkeypox outbreak

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Researchers from the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) “assembled monkeypox strains”

SOURCE: Natalie Winters, The National Pulse

Published: 03 Jun 2022

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Sperm washing to help HIV-discordant couples conceive biological children safely was reported in the 90s; not “huge medical breakthrough” in 2022

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A South African scientist made a “huge medical breakthrough” by successfully removing HIV from a sperm cell in a lab

SOURCE: Facebook users, Facebook

Published: 31 May 2022

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No scientific data support the existence of orgone and its ability to cure cancer

CLAIM
“Wilhelm Reich invented a way to cure cancer”

SOURCE: Facebook Users, Facebook

Published: 27 May 2022

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Monkeypox outbreak triggers conspiracy theories on social media claiming that it was planned or incorrectly linking it to COVID-19 vaccines

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Monkeypox is caused by COVID-19 vaccines; a 2021 tabletop exercise portraying a monkeypox pandemic is evidence that global leaders planned the outbreak; the monkeypox vaccine was “ready” before the outbreak

SOURCE: Social media users, Facebook, TikTok, YouTube

Published: 26 May 2022

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No reliable scientific evidence supports the use of dietary supplements marketed as weight loss and blood pressure aids in viral Facebook posts

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Exipure weight loss supplement is scientifically proven to be effective; BPS-5 supplement effectively reduces blood pressure

SOURCE: Anonymous, Facebook

Published: 26 May 2022

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