Recently, Wikileaks released emails of US Secretary of State Colin Powell in which he says the MMR vaccine is not safe and there is no evidence it prevents autism. The CDC disagrees with this claim; however, the recent outbreak has led to a growing debate about whether or not vaccines are effective.
The world of journalism is complicated, and fake news and photographs 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 untruth. Here are some of the most widely circulated misleading statements this week, none of which are true.
The death of Colin Powell does not prove that COVID-19 vaccinations are useless.
False claim: Social media posts allege that former Secretary of State Colin Powell’s death at the age of 84 from COVID-19 problems despite being completely vaccinated is proof that COVID vaccinations are useless.
- Although Colin Powell’s family claimed that he had got both doses of the COVID-19 vaccination, he had Parkinson’s disease and multiple myeloma, a blood malignancy that impairs the body’s capacity to fight infections.
- According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 187 million individuals in the United States have gotten the two doses of the vaccine, with 24,717 hospitalized but surviving and 7,178 dying.
Colin Powell died of COVID despite having received all of his vaccinations. So, what is the vaccine’s purpose?
October 18, 2021 — Cassandra (@CassyWearsHeels)
The World Health Organization (WHO) has never indicated that the next pandemic would be triggered by the Marburg virus.
False claim: Italian Facebook users circulated a purported World Health Organization (WHO) statement claiming that the next pandemic would be triggered by the “Marburg virus.” This, according to the postings, is a WHO tactic to conceal the negative effects of the current COVID-19 vaccinations.
- The Marburg virus, which is related to Ebola and was first found in 1967 in Belgrade, Serbia, and the German towns of Frankfurt and Marburg, from whence it gets its name, produces a severe hemorrhagic fever with a death rate of up to 88 percent.
- On the other hand, hemorrhagic fever is not listed as a potential side effect of any of the COVID-19 vaccinations now in use across the globe.
- The WHO has been monitoring the Marburg virus for decades, and some instances of human-to-human transmission have recently been documented in Africa, but the body has never issued a warning about the virus’s potential to produce a pandemic.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un does not seem to be any slimmer in this photo.
False claim: A collage of two photographs of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was circulated by Facebook users in South Korea.
According to the postings, one of the images was taken in 2019, and the dictator looks to be in his typical physiognomy, while the other was shot lately in 2021, and he appears to be considerably slimmer.
- The picture of Kim Jong-un allegedly slimmer was first released by the North Korean official media KCNA on September 9, 2021, according to a reverse image search.
- Despite the fact that the North Korean dictator looks to have lost weight lately, the original picture shows that the photograph released on social media was doctored to make him appear considerably lighter.
Latin America is a continent in South America.
In Colombia, no fatality has been linked to the Korean series “Squid Game.”
False claim: A youngster was slain in Colombia in a game based on the Korean series “Squid Game,” according to posts posted on social media throughout Latin America.
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According to the postings, the boy was murdered by his own father while playing the games featured in the Netflix series. An photograph of a forensic scientist who works for Colombia’s Directorate of Criminal Investigation and Interpol follows the postings (Dijin).
- There is no record in the Colombian news of a case identical to the one reported in the social media postings, according to an online search using the terms “kid,” “Colombia,” and “Squid Game.”
- A reverse image search of the picture that appears after the postings reveals that it has been used to illustrate news about the murder of a five-year-old kid in recent weeks.
- According to Colombian media accounts, the youngster was murdered by his father in Palmira, a city in the country’s southwest. The guy also assaulted a 78-year-old lady before suffering a chest injury. Local authorities, on the other hand, classified the incident as “intrafamily violence,” with no connection to the Korean drama.
A toy firm selling a doll with a feminine attire and a male genital organ is fake.
False claim: In a video posted on social media in Brazil, a lady says that the firm Cotiplás, which makes children’s toys, created a doll with a male genital organ and a feminine outfit.
During the video, the lady also says that the doll’s characteristics were not disclosed on the product packaging.
- Cotiplás says it does not create or sell any dolls with the qualities mentioned in the video, according to a statement on its official Facebook page.
- Cotiplás further alleges that the garments were put “maliciously” on the doll, “misleading the customer,” and that the firm is only accountable for the outfit that appears on the clip (which is why the company’s name appears on the label).
- A scan of the toy manufacturer’s website reveals that no doll with the qualities mentioned in the video posted on social media is now available for purchase.
Desmond Tutu, the South African archbishop and Nobel Peace Prize recipient, is not dead.
False claim: On October 20, 2021, South African anti-apartheid hero and Nobel Peace Prize winner archbishop emeritus Desmond Tutu died, according to social media posts.
- The assertion was made by a phony Twitter account formed in the name of Johannesburg Anglican Archbishop Stephen Moreo. The page was later removed.
- The Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation announced on its official website that the allegation on social media was incorrect and that the archbishop emeritus was alive and well, having celebrated his 90th birthday on October 7, 2021.
- Moreo told AFP that he was not the creator of the bogus claim and that the Twitter account that released the information was not his.
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