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Partly false claim: a 1993 Simpsons episode predicted the new coronavirus outbreak

A viral theory online claims a 1993 episode of The Simpson predicted the global coronavirus outbreak. The posts, featuring four images from The Simpsons, have been shared over 18,000 times on Facebook and over 5,000 times on Twitter as of March 13, 2020 ( https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1351082108423217&set=a.251917921672980&type=3&theater , https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10157371531868401&set=a.10151513882598401&type=3&theater , https://twitter.com/Jordan_Coombe/status/122

False claim: Photo shows Joe Biden inappropriately holding boy’s face

A photo shared on social media allegedly shows Joe Biden inappropriately holding a boy’s face. The different posts feature a photo which shows Biden hugging a boy while kissing him on the forehead and holding his chin. Examples of the photo can be seen https://www.facebook.com/1576052016053102/posts/2617943401863953 and https://www.facebook.com/SamoanTrumpTrain/posts/2564300890506531 .

False claim: Joe Biden pictured with “Grand Wizard” of Ku Klux Klan

An image circulating on social media makes the claim that Joe Biden was pictured with the "Grand Wizard" of the Ku Klux Klan, a white-supremacist organization ( https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10158124255764198&set=gm.2874718382586947&type=3&theater ). The text that accompanies the image makes the further implication that the Democratic party should not be trusted given this alleged association with the KKK. The full image text transcribed reads:

Partly false claim: this map shows all states currently in a state of emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as “Covid-19 camps”

Shared over 100 times as of March 13, 2020 a post ( https://www.facebook.com/164482587095720/posts/1309528752591092 ) claims to show a map of states currently in a state of emergency in the United States due to the coronavirus pandemic. The post claims that?17?states, as well as the District of Columbia, are in a state of emergency:?California,?Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts,?New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Isl

Partly false claim: this is a photo of Mike Bloomberg at a mosque in New York City, listening to a Holocaust denier and advocating for a mosque to be built at Ground Zero

Shared over 20,000 times as of March 2, 2020, a Facebook post https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10218621714386377&set=a.3558850242260&type=3&theater shows a picture of Michael Bloomberg, the?former mayor of New York City who earlier this month dropped out of the 2020 presidential race, sitting with a group of men?wearing traditional Muslim prayer caps. The caption says, "'Here he is in his gold toe socks, at a NYC mosque listening to Holocaust denier Sheikh?Fadhel?al?Sahlani.' This is Li

False claim: Obama’s daughter arrested

Shared over 1,400 times as of March 11, 2020, a post (https://www.facebook.com/Myfreedomofthoughts/posts/2305717152840172)?on a page called "Freedom of Thought" says, "Malia Obama Arrested Again, Complete Media Blackout" and links to an article ( https://dailyworldupdate.us/malia-obama-arrest/?fbclid=IwAR0kLWvt4yCSf9n6KZATdcs4UeoX8VKN4HnJzaUvTsPvBw0oXJCwOudTtF0 )?on a satirical site called Daily World Update. Though the slogan of Daily World Update is "satire for flat Earthers, Trumpsters and

False claim: photograph shows Joe Biden kissing a protester

A Facebook user shared an image on Facebook that appears to show Joe Biden kissing a distressed protester in the background of a photograph. The photograph also shows Senator Lindsay Graham and a police officer (? https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=145562240251253&set=gm.604520926766561&type=3&theater ). Comments on the post include “Is that Joe Biden??” and “And the demo want this for President”. These indicate people might believe the photograph to be authentic.

Partly false claim: cattle vaccine for coronavirus has been around "for years“, media dishonest about recent outbreak

An image on social media makes the claim that “America” has vaccinated cattle against coronavirus “for years” ( https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=3131872570157405&set=a.471847956159893&type=3&theater )?. It suggests that news providers are being dishonest about the coronavirus being new in order to cause alarm and make the public purchase protective equipment.?The image shows a small vial labelled “bovine rotavirus-coronavirus vaccine” and “for veterinary use only”.