A bizarre series of events occurred this week, but few people seem to be talking about the problems. What’s going on?
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 FBI did not arrest Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla, which is incorrect.
Fake news: On November 5, 2021, the FBI detained Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla, according to social media posts. Bourla was detained at his home in Scarsdale, New York, on allegations of fraud for changing data on the COVID-19 vaccine, according to the postings.
- Pfizer denied that Bourla had been detained in a news release.
- The Conservative Beaver, a Canadian website known for spreading previous Fake News tales, first published the fraudulent allegation.
- Bourla gave interviews to CNBC, CNN, and Bloomberg on November 5, the same day he was supposedly detained. In the days that followed, Bourla granted an interview to The New York Times and attended an Atlantic Council event.
The FBI detained Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla at his home in the Scarsdale, New York neighborhood of Scarsdale on Friday morning and accused him with numerous charges of fraud. Bourla is being remanded in custody until his bail hearing. He was charged with falsifying COVID vaccination information. And we’ll gladly accept it! NO!
November 6, 2021 — E. Charles Connor (@PatriotsWays)
Italy’s COVID-19 death toll has remained unchanged at 130,000 people.
False claim: According to Facebook posts, Italian officials have lowered the number of COVID-19 fatalities in the nation from over 130,000 to 3,783.
- The bogus allegation seems to be based on a story published on October 21 in the Italian publication Il Tempo. According to the article, just 2.9 percent of COVID-19 fatalities in Italy could be attributed to the Coronavirus, according to a study released by the Italian National Institute of Health (ISS) on October 5, 2021.
- However, according to the ISS research, just 2.9 percent of persons who died of COVID-19 in the nation had no comorbidities, which does not rule out the possibility that the other 97.1 percent who did have comorbidities died of COVID-19.
- In a statement released on October 25, ISS refuted the wrong interpretation of the study, claiming that just 2.9 percent of coronavirus-related fatalities were caused directly by COVID-19.
5G was not to blame for the deaths at the Astroworld music event.
Fake allegation: Social media posts suggest that 5G technology was to blame for the deaths of at least eight people at the Astroworld music event in Houston, Texas, on November 5.
“A broad band FIVE G system was just built in this stadium. Look it up on the internet. “Tell me this isn’t a weapon,” several of the posts’ captions stated.
- Fans were crushed to death near the stage during rap singer Travis Scott’s performance at the Astroworld music event, according to local officials.
- Despite what some social media postings indicate, NRG Stadium, where the performance took place, received 5G ultra-wideband service in 2019. Since then, a number of events have taken place at the location without any fatalities being reported.
In Syria, a replica of the Statue of Liberty built of trash was doctored.
False claim: A picture of a duplicate of the Statue of Liberty was circulated on Facebook by individuals in Spain and Latin America, along with the claim that it was made by a Syrian artist in Aleppo using wreckage from his own home.
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- The picture was first released on September 8, 2012, by Syrian artist Tammam Azzam, according to a reverse image search.
- Azzam told AFP that the piece is part of a series of photomontages he created in Dubai in 2012.
- According to the artist, the piece was created to underline the value of freedom and to pay tribute to Syrians who have lost their lives and homes as a result of the country’s recent civil conflict.
Diwali celebrations from orbit are not visible in this satellite view.
False claim: On social media, fans have uploaded a collage depicting the supposed difference between a satellite shot of India taken on a regular day and one taken during Diwali, the “festival of lights,” which falls on November 4 this year.
- According to NASA, the picture that reportedly depicts India during Diwali festivities was made in 2003 by NOAA scientist Chris Elvidge, who combined a sequence of satellite photographs taken in 1992, 1998, and 2003 in an effort to highlight India’s population increase over time.
- According to NASA, the light created during Diwali is so dim that it is likely undetectable from orbit.
Thousands of lab birds were not released in China to transmit the virus.
False claim: A video depicting a big number of birds being released from cargo containers on a ship at sea has gone viral on Facebook and WhatsApp in Brazil. The photographs are then said to depict animals created in a laboratory by China and released to transmit a new virus, according to the postings.
- According to a reverse image search, the film was first uploaded to YouTube on November 1, 2017. The movie depicts the release of pigeons by Taiwan’s Beihai Jinping fleet, according to the post’s Mandarin title.
- The Beihai Jinping fleet was preparing for a pigeon race, a popular sport in Taiwan, according to a news item published the same day by the Liberty Times Net website.
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