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Fact Check-Canadian Prime Minister did not publish message encouraging the social rejection of unvaccinated people

A screenshot purporting to show a Facebook message posted by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau encouraging people to ostracize those not vaccinated against COVID-19 is digitally altered. Representatives of the Prime Minister also confirmed the post is fake.

An example of the fake social media post (here) reads, in part, “Please do your part to make this stop: if you have family or friends that still haven’t been vaccinated, do not allow them to family dinners, do not speak to them on the phone, do not reply to their texts. You need to do everything you can to make life difficult for them until they comply.”

Additional examples of the fake message attributed to Trudeau are viewable (here), (here), and (here).

A Reuters review of Trudeau’s Facebook account (here) revealed no such post. Other official social media accounts (here) and (twitter.com/JustinTrudeau) for Trudeau also showed no evidence of posts encouraging the ostracism of unvaccinated individuals.

In an email response to a Reuters inquiry regarding the authenticity of the Facebook post, representatives for the Office of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said: “this is not our post.”

Reuters previously addressed digitally altered posts purporting to have been published by public figures (here), (here), and (here).

VERDICT

Altered. The post shows a screenshot of a Facebook message attributed to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, but the message is fake.

This article was produced by the Reuters Fact Check team. Read more about our fact-checking work here .

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