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Fact Check-The IRS is not hiring thousands of armed agents, job ads show opening for specialized unit
Social media users are claiming that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is hiring 87,000 new armed IRS agents. This claim is false. The job listing being shared is for IRS Criminal Investigation Special Agents, and currently only about 2,100 special agents carry firearms, according to IRS’s Criminal Investigation (CI) department.
5:17PM EDT
Fact Check-Social media posts miss key context on Inflation Reduction Act’s provision for thousands of new IRS agents
Social media users are claiming that the new Inflation Reduction Act approves $80 million in funding for the recruitment of 87,000 Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agents and say this will lead to further taxation of the middle class. The posts are missing context, however: U.S. Department of the Treasury and IRS said that these positions are for staffing of various roles, and multiple sources have said the agency would not increase its focus on people earning under $400,000.
4:14PM EDT
Fact Check-COVID-19 variant names are following Greek alphabet; Omicron does not mean ‘non-existing’
Variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus are named after letters of the Greek alphabet and there is no evidence that the Omicron variant is a cryptic name that means “non-existing”, as claimed in a meme being shared online.
12:33PM EDT
Fact Check-No evidence Japan’s former defence minister tweeted warning of Ukrainian missiles over nuclear plant and ‘America’s crimes’
A screenshot showing a purported tweet from the former Japanese defence minister, Nobuo Kishi, in which he allegedly says “Ukrainian missiles should not explode over the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant”, as well as warning against “America’s crimes”, is fabricated, Kishi said. Reuters also found no evidence the tweet ever existed.
10:05AM EDT
Fact Check-Anne Heche’s movie ‘Girl in Room 13’ not about Jeffrey Epstein
The storyline of ‘Girl in Room 13,’ a Lifetime movie starring late actor Anne Heche, is not connected to late financier Jeffrey Epstein, a spokesperson for the cable channel told Reuters. The false connection was made online after the actor died following a car crash.
9:37AM EDT
Fact Check-Clip of Obama criticizing the use of disinformation to threaten democracies taken out of context
A clip of a keynote address made by former U.S. President Barack Obama at Stanford University on how disinformation poses a threat to democracies has been taken out of context, with a section of his speech clipped to omit his criticism of the use of online disinformation as a weapon.
AUG 16 2022
Fact Check-Clip of farmer protestors spraying police with hay dates to 2015 protest in Brussels
Users have shared a clip claiming it shows Dutch farmers spraying hay onto a police line at an August 2022 protest over plans to cut nitrogen emissions. But the video dates back to a 2015 demonstration in Belgium calling for the European Union to provide emergency support measures to the farming sector after a Russian ban on EU food imports.
AUG 16 2022
Fact Check-TIME magazine did not publish front cover about five-time Kenyan leadership candidate Raila Odinga, suggesting his hopes for presidency were ‘done’
An image of an apparent TIME cover page questioning the leadership chances of Kenyan presidential candidate Raila Odinga is fabricated, a spokesperson for the publication told Reuters.
AUG 16 2022
Fact Check-Anthony Fauci did not call children ‘test subjects’ in an MSNBC interview
Social media users have shared a fabricated quote attributed to Dr. Anthony Fauci, Chief Medical Advisor to the White House and Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), with a false claim that Dr Fauci called children “test subjects” in an interview with MSNBC.
AUG 16 2022
Fact Check-The World Economic Forum did not issue 'urgent memo' detailing 18-month review of 'Great Reset Phase I solutions'
There is no evidence a screenshot shared on social media that purportedly shows a World Economic Forum (WEF) “urgent memo”, describing an 18-month review of “Great Reset Phase I solutions” is real. The note refers to several debunked conspiracy theories, and the WEF told Reuters that the post and its contents were fake.
AUG 16 2022
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