Reviews of articles from: TikTok

CLAIM REVIEWS

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

CLAIM
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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Claim that the antiviral drug remdesivir is killing people is baseless

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“Remdesivir is proven to kill lives”

SOURCE: Bryan Ardis, TikTok, Facebook

Published: 05 Apr 2022

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Lack of oxygen isn’t the root cause of cancer; no scientific evidence for claims that oxygen or ozone therapy cures cancer

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“Oxygen kills cancer”; Otto Warburg won two Nobel Prizes for proving lack of oxygen is the cause of cancer

SOURCE: Robert Barefoot, Kevin Trudeau, TikTok, Facebook

Published: 29 Mar 2022

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Clip of Anthony Fauci discussing potential vaccine safety concerns is from March 2020; current scientific evidence shows COVID-19 vaccines reduce risk of infection and serious illness

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“Dr. Fauci opens up the possibility that the COVID-19 vaccine could be making people more likely to be infected by the virus”, “a vaccine that looked good in initial safety actually made people worse”

SOURCE: Social media users, Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, LinkedIn

Published: 15 Dec 2021

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Tromethamine in the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children acts to improve the stability of the vaccine; it isn’t in the vaccine as a heart medication

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The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children contains tromethamine, “a heart attack medication” with “a lot of potentially serious side effects”

SOURCE: Social media users, TikTok, Facebook, Instagram

Published: 12 Nov 2021

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Contrary to claims on social media, people who received a COVID-19 vaccine can donate blood and other blood products, including convalescent plasma

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“The Red Cross says anyone who has received a COVID-19 vaccine cannot donate convalescent plasma”; “the vaccine wipes out these antibodies [against SARS-CoV-2]”

SOURCE: TikTok user, TikTok

Published: 30 Sep 2021

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Ethylene oxide is used for sterilizing medical equipment, including nasal swabs, but it’s removed before use

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Ethylene oxide in nasal swabs used for COVID-19 testing is harmful

SOURCE: TikTok users, Facebook users, TikTok, Facebook

Published: 26 Jul 2021

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Fauci’s emails don’t support viral claims on masks, hydroxychloroquine and virus engineering

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Fauci’s emails prove he knew that masks don’t work against the spread of COVID-19, that hydroxychloroquine is effective against COVID-19, and that the virus is likely engineered, and he lied about these things to the public

SOURCE: Social media users, Facebook, TikTok, Twitter

Published: 10 Jun 2021

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