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Claim: New technology allows hackers to extract fingerprints from photographs posted online where a person’s fingertips are visible, when making a peace sign, for example. These biometric details can then be used to hack into someone’s phone or commit a range of cybercrimes, including bypassing authentication processes and hacking into banking accounts. A good way […]

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Claim: Cosmic rays from outer space will enter Earth between 12:30 am and 3:30 am, around the time of the solar eclipse, and harm human bodies through digital devices. Fact: No scientific evidence exists that cosmic rays can pass through digital devices and harm human bodies. This false claim has circulated online time and again […]

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Claim: A viral Snapchat mashup shows several video clips of the recent rainstorm in the UAE. Fact: All ten of these clips are from last year, 2023.  On 16 April 2024, Soch Fact Check received a request to verify a mashup of video clips which was “Forwarded many times” on WhatsApp. The video shows multiple […]

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Claim: Director General of WHO Dr Tedros Adhanom has said that Disease X is a global problem and that we should be prepared for it. Fact: The World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos discussed Disease X, a hypothetical outbreak. Disease X is not a specific disease but is the name given to a potential novel […]

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Claim: A viral Instagram video from a profile called “nova.space” claims to show meteors hitting the Earth in real-time.  Fact: The video uses computer-generated graphics and it is evident that this could not be real because the video shows meteors firing up with a trail of smoke a long time before they even reach Earth’s […]

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Claim: India’s Narendra Modi and Joe Biden are seen taking a stroll together and sharing a meal. Both are wearing traditional dresses, an orange turban, and garlands of marigolds in some pictures. Fact: None of the photos are real; they are AI-generated images. On 11 September 2023, Instagram user @nagulachandugoud posted an Instagram Reel showing […]

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Claim: Social media posts show a church in Boston which caught fire after lightning struck it during a same-sex marriage ceremony. All attendees died during the fire. Fact: The church caught fire due to a storm after lightning struck it in June 2023. There was no wedding taking place at the time of the incident […]

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Claim: A social media video shows a newborn baby being rescued after a powerful earthquake hit Morocco on 8 September 2023. Fact: The claim about the video is misleading. The video is from India, where a newly born baby was rescued by locals and shifted to a hospital in Pulandar village. According to recent reports, […]

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Claim: Instagram user @Zarishkayy says a document proves that the United Nations (UN) plans an “end of the family system” and intends to force parents to give up their children so that the “kids belong to the state” through movements such as for the rights of the transgender community. The document contains a list of […]

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Claim: CCTV footage shows an alien in the backyard of a Las Vegas home; the panicked occupants made a 911 call requesting authorities’ assistance. Fact: The video was created by TikTok user @owltreestump using an open-source 3D computer graphics software called blender. The clip is CGI and not real footage of an alien. On 11 […]

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Claim: A video on social media apparently shows a storm due to Cyclone Biparjoy striking India and Pakistan. Fact: The claim is false as the video is from Egypt and actually shows a sandstorm at the Suez Canal. Cyclone Biparjoy was churning across the northeastern Arabian Sea and hit western India on 15 June 2023. […]

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Claim: Leaked audio picked up by search and rescue officials has been released, with banging sounds from the ill-fated Titan submersible being heard. Fact: The leaked audio has no basis in reality. Neither the US Coast Guard nor the Canadian authorities released any audio. On 21 June 2023, Facebook page ‘Frankie Olivo’ posted a video […]

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