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Aug 31 2020
A weekly update from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)reported that 94 percent of Americans who died from the COVID-19 coronavirus also had other “types of health conditions and contributing causes," while only 6 percent of COVID-19 related deaths cited the virus as the only cause of death. Some of the other health conditions include influenza and pneumonia, respiratory failure andPolitiFact Forbes New York Post (News)
Mar 01 2021
On Monday, Twitter said it will begin labeling COVID-19 vaccine misinformation on its site. The platform also introduced a strike system for accounts that repeatedly violate the rules; one strike is a warning, second and third strikes result in a 12-hour account lock, a fourth strike is a weeklong lock on the account, and five strikes results in permanent suspension. This comes after TwitterThe Guardian Forbes Washington Examiner
Oct 06 2020
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its COVID-19 guidance page to include information about potential for airborne transmission. In a statement on Monday, the CDC said people are more likely to become infected "the longer and closer they are to a person with COVID-19." The newest updates come after the CDC first updated, then reversed a similar statement about airborneNewsmax (News) CNN (Online News) Reuters
Nov 20 2021
A scientist who investigated public accounts of early COVID-19 cases in China published a report on Thursday saying that a vendor at an animal market in Wuhan was likely the first person to contract the virus.
Dr. Michael Worobey, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Arizona, has examined the origins and escalation of widespread global diseases such as the 1918 pandemic fluWall Street Journal (News) New York Times (News) Fox News (Online News)
Jan 04 2022
Multiple social media platforms have removed podcaster Joe Rogan's recent interview with a U.S. virologist about COVID-19.
In the interview, Dr. Robert Malone compared the current U.S. attitude toward COVID-19 and vaccines to the "mass formation psychosis" seen in Germany during the rise of the Nazis. "Very intelligent, highly educated population, and they went barking mad. And how didInsider The Blaze The Independent
Jan 02 2022
Twitter permanently suspended the personal account of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) on Sunday for "repeated violations" of the platform's "COVID-19 misleading information policy."
Greene's ban was prompted by a misleading graph she tweeted out on Saturday that falsely promoted "extremely high amounts of Covid vaccine deaths" in the U.S. The congresswoman posted her response to theWashington Post New York Post (News) Insider
May 09 2020
One reason why it’s surprisingly difficult to disprove many conspiracy theories is that they typically contain a real germ of truth, however small. In some places and eras, Jews really were overrepresented among communist cadres and the media. John F. Kennedy’s administration really did propose false-flag operations as an excuse to invade Cuba and assassinate Fidel Castro. Certain aspects ofQuillette
Aug 11 2021
YouTube suspended Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) for seven days on Tuesday night over a video where he claimed that cloth masks are ineffective against COVID-19. Paul said in the video that "most of the masks you get over the counter don’t work," but added that he has "always said" that N-95 masks work. The senator then pointed to how Dr. Fauci "knew that too," but originally "lied to the public"The Hill New York Times (News) Daily Mail
Jul 15 2021
On Thursday, White House Spokesperson Jen Psaki said the Biden administration is working with Facebook to flag posts that "spread disinformation" about COVID-19 vaccines; Psaki also said the White House asked Facebook to share the reach and engagement numbers for flagged posts. Psaki cited a report by the Center for Countering Digital Hate, which said 12 people were responsible for almost 65%Fox News (Online News) CNN (Online News) Reuters