From Putin’s anti-Muslim speech to the QAnon supporter mistaken for a BLM activist

The world of information is complex – and false stories and images are common on social media. The editors at Blasting News publish the most popular hoaxes and misleading information each week to help you distinguish between truth and lies. Here are the most common demands of this week, none of which are legitimate.


Complaints: A nurse in Alabama who collapsed after receiving the KOVID-19 vaccine died.

The facts: Several statements on the Internet indicate that Tiffany Dover, the nurse who received the KOVID-19 vaccine, has died. Her assumed real name is Tiffany Pontes, according to these reports. A death list posted on the unofficial sites and SearchQuarry confirms this claim.

It’s true: Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where Tiffany Dover works, denied the request.

Four days after the inoculation, the hospital shared video footage of Dover and her colleagues to show she was alive. Dover fainted after receiving Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine, but she is still alive. Furthermore, and SearchQuarry are not official public sites and do not have official death certificates.


Complaints: A QAnon supporter wears fur and horns to Antifa or BLM rallies.

The facts: The sixth. In January 2021, Trump supporters stormed Capitol Hill to derail Biden’s election.

Several photos have circulated around the world, and the face of the rioters in fur and horns has circulated on the internet. His face has been identified by some social media users as one of the Black Lives Matter supporters of the left-wing anti-fascist movement Antifa.

It’s true: The man has been identified as Jake Angeli. AZ Central, which interviewed him in May 2020, supported Donald Trump and his ideas.

The journalist who interviewed him described him on Twitter: Here’s part of my interview with Jake Angeli, a 32-year-old man I mentioned earlier, who went to President @realDonaldTrump and Q. He applauded the work of the president and criticized the work of the press.


Complaints: Washington’s mayor ordered the facility closed to discourage Trump supporters from protesting.

The facts: Numerous reports have been posted online that Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser has asked all hotels, restaurants, grocery stores, gas stations and convenience stores to stay open between the 4th and 6th. January to prevent Trump fans from gathering.

It’s true: Only one hotel and one bar were closed during the demonstrations.

There is no directive from the Mayor of Washington to close the facility. Mayor Bowser only imposed restrictions on indoor dining, but this was due to an increase in COVID-19 cases in the city, no protests.


Complaints: CNN has reported an outbreak of cannibalism among people who received the KOVID-19 vaccine.

The facts: The image, which looks like a CNN screenshot, shows a gory scene of the emergency room with a headline : The first patients to receive the COVID vaccine, other patients begin to eat.

It’s true: CNN’s screenshot has been edited. The original photo was taken on the 14th. February 2019 published in the New York Times to illustrate a medical student’s perspective on victims of gun violence.


Complaints: Vaccinations are mandatory in the workplace.

The facts: Posts on French social media announce that vaccination will be mandatory for work.

Posts such as No way I’m working with the vaccine, No vaccine, no job or Since nobody likes the vaccine will not reduce unemployment on social media, reports the French news agency RTL.

It’s true: Last December, French Labor Minister Elizabeth Bourne said the president has made it clear that there will be no mandatory vaccination, so companies cannot require it of their employees. The company cannot impose the vaccine, she added.


Complaints: Putin made an anti-Muslim speech in 2013.

The facts: On the fourth. In August 2013, Russian President Vladimir Putin was applauded in the Duma, the lower house of the Russian parliament, after an anti-Muslim speech, Facebook reports.

After the contributions, Putin then said that we live in Russia as Russians. Every minority, wherever they are, must speak Russian and respect Russian laws if they want to live, work and eat in Russia. If they prefer Sharia law and want to live the life of a Muslim, we advise them to go where it is the law of the state.

It’s true: Neither the official transcripts of Putin’s public speeches published on the Kremlin’s official website nor the news websites provide any evidence that Putin made anti-Muslim comments on social media.


Complaints: The device for sale turns the user’s hand into a mobile phone.

The facts: The video, which has been shared thousands of times on Facebook, promotes a smart bracelet that will be for sale in Singapore and Malaysia.

The device reportedly projects an interactive screen onto the user’s hand, turning it into a mobile phone.

It’s true: A reverse image search by the AFP Fact Check revealed that the video was originally released on the 30th. October 2014 has been published on Cicret Bracelet’s YouTube page. However, the product has never been on the market and there has been nothing new on the company’s site for at least 4 years. In 2015, Snopes analyzed the concept video and concluded that it was a mock-up and not a real image of the bracelet.


Complaints: Pfizer’s CEO has stated that he will not accept the company’s Covid-19 vaccine.

The facts: An article published by the Brazilian site Boletim do Brasil and posted thousands of times on Facebook states that Pfizer CEO Albert Burla said he would not take the Covid-19 vaccine developed by the company.

It’s true: The article on social media cites a news report published by CNN on the 14th. In December 2020, an interview appeared in which Burla stated that he had not yet been vaccinated and that the first doses should be given to priority groups of health care workers and nursing home residents. We’re very sensitive about not cutting the line, Burla said, without saying anything about not making the shot.


Complaints: Vaccination against Covid-19 has been suspended in Rosario due to the adverse effects of Sputnik V.

The facts: Reports published on Facebook and WhatsApp claim that the Argentine city of Rosario has suspended Covid-19 vaccination due to the negative effects of the Sputnik V vaccine developed by the National Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology in Gamaleya, Russia.

Several social media posts have been signed by the denialist group Doctors for Truth Argentina.

It’s true: The application, which was circulated on social media, was rejected by the Rosario Ministry of Health and by the Ministry of Health of the province of Santa Fe, where the city is located. In an interview with the Argentine research agency Chechiado, Rosario’s health minister, Leonardo Caruana, said that the adverse effects allegedly associated with vaccination all occurred in a small percentage of vaccinated individuals and, moreover, that these effects are described as common to other vaccines, such as fever, muscle aches or headaches.

Before the viral audio leak, it’s worth noting the release in Ciudad Rosario, desde @SaludRosario queremos inform that the viral release campaign for #covid19 worked normally over a period of 4 years.

– Secretaría de Salud Pública (@SaludRosario) 1 January 2021


Complaints: The first person vaccinated against Covid-19 in Spain dies 24 hours after vaccination.

The facts: Social media users shared an alleged screenshot of an article in the Spanish newspaper El Mundo reporting that Araceli Hidalgo, 96, the first Spanish woman to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, died 24 hours after the vaccination.

It’s true: A statement to the Spanish research agency Newtral, the social security secretariat of the Castilla-La Mancha region, where Araceli lives in a retirement home, confirmed that she had not died: She’s perfectly fine. She looks great. In a statement on the 29th. In December 2020, El Mundo stated that the image had been digitally manipulated on social media and asked readers not to share it.

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