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AFP Fact Check articles of the week

September 25, 2020

AFP’s fact-check service debunks misinformation spread online. Here are some of our recent fact-checks:

1. Aung San Suu Kyi’s poetry

Facebook posts claim that a hand-written poem by Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi, which fetched $180,000 at auction in Yangon in early September, was plagiarised from a poem by Vladimir Mayakovsky. The claim is false. Russian literature experts said the poem is “certainly not borrowed from Mayakovsky”.

2. US Pledge of Allegiance

US President Donald Trump’s campaign claimed that Democratic candidate Joe Biden mangled the Pledge of Allegiance, posting a video on social media as evidence. This is false. Biden was not reciting the pledge in the clip, but rather making the point that he would seek to serve both his opponents and supporters if he is elected president.

3. Brawl footage

A video of two men fighting has been viewed millions of times on Facebook alongside a claim that it shows Guinean President Alpha Conde violently confronting a minister. The footage, however, was recorded in Equatorial Guinea and shows a student attacking his professor in a university parking lot.

4. Music video set

A video has been viewed thousands of times in multiple posts on Facebook and Twitter alongside a claim it shows 200 bodies of novel coronavirus victims being lowered into a garbage truck in Russia. The claim is false. The clip, in fact, shows the filming of a rap music video in Moscow.

5. Victoria premier quote

An image has been shared hundreds of times in multiple Facebook posts that claim it shows a genuine quote from Australian politician Daniel Andrews, the current premier in the state of Victoria. The quote, however, originated in a satirical article and the Victorian government separately denied Andrews made the purported remarks.

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