XBB subvariant of Omicron is highly transmissible yet not deadly, as viral posts claim!

The covid-19 pandemic continues to make headlines with various new variants and sub-variants, and social media streams often get flooded with such content. This is our investigation of viral misinformation on social media about XBB – a sub-variant of Omicron. Social Media Posts  The text message with the headline “News from Singapore” is spread on […]

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Justin Bieber did not blame Covid-19 vaccine for his facial paralysis

The viral claim was shared from a satirical news report published by the Vancouver Times. International pop star Justin Bieber informed his fans about a rare medical condition he was diagnosed with; known as Ramsay Hunt syndrome. He explained that due to this disease, he was unable to move one side of his face and […]

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Did Federal Agents arrest Pfizer VP Rady Johnson for fraud? 

Social media users shared an article from a satirical website believing it to be True. An image targeting pharmaceutical company Pfizer’s Vice President Rady Johnson is going viral on social media. Users claimed that Rady Johnson was arrested after Pfizer released a new set of documents about the SARS-CoV-2 vaccine. Users claim that he was […]

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EXPLAINER: How accurate are Rapid Antigen Tests or Self-Tests in detecting Covid-19?

Anyone who has been following the latest developments in managing Covid-19, has surely come across the term self-testing kits or Rapid at-home Antigen testing kits recently. If someone has been experiencing symptoms or has just been to a Covid-19 hotspot, rapid at-home antigen testing kits are very good way to check if they should be […]

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Fact Check: No, Phantom Comics Did Not Prophesize about ‘China Virus’ in 1957…

The original comic shows Phantom asking people to protect themselves from the ‘sleep death’ and not ‘China virus’. Several conspiracy theories regarding the Covid-19 pandemic had cropped up since the outbreak of the virus. As a new variant of this Covid-19 virus named as ‘Omicron’ becomes a global concern, new conspiracy theories have started surfacing […]

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FACT CHECK: Did FDA reject the Pfizer booster shot for ages 16-65 over increased risk of heart inflammation? Find out the Truth…

As new variants of COVID19 continue to challenge nations around the world, the vaccination drive against this deadly virus, which began around a year ago, continues to be a much-discussed topic as well. While WHO has approved a number of vaccines with two doses, with the evolving nature of the virus, some experts have highlighted the importance […]

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FACT CHECK: Did an Army Officer Send Letter to The President Alleging Corruption in Narahenpita Army Hospital? Here’s the Truth…

We have observed that fake newspaper excerpts are an often used to propagate falsehood among social media users in Sri Lanka, and we have debunked many such falsehoods in the recent past as well. This is our investigation into another such instance, in which a supposedly recent newspaper article went viral among Sri Lanka social […]

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FACT CHECK: Was the Man Who Collapsed and Died in a Supermarket Suffering from COVID-19? Here’s the Truth…

Since the beginning of COVID19 pandemic, we have seen a lot of content on social media showing people suffering from COVID-19 fainting and dying eventually. While many of these were actually COVID19 related deaths, a number of videos and images were also found to be falsely connected to COVID19 and shared on social media. Here […]

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Explainer: Ivermectin as a Cure for COVID-19? Find out the Facts…

In the battle against deadly COVID-19 pandemic, health experts continuously stress upon the importance of getting vaccinated and creating herd immunity. However, many types of drugs have been discussed at the same time, among public and on social media, as measures to treat the deadly COVID19 virus at various stages of infection.  This is our […]

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FACT CHECK: Death of a Teacher due to COVID-19 Has No Relation With The Recent Protests…

Teachers and principals started a series of island wide protests demanding a solution to long standing salary anomalies. Opposition parties also offered support for this movement, stating that the current government has failed to address this pressing issue. However, many citizens started criticizing the teachers` protests, claiming the time was not right for protests, while […]

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