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Partly false claim: a 1981 book predicted the coronavirus 2019 outbreak

A theory widely shared on social media claims that American author Dean Koontz predicted the 2019-2020 Coronavirus outbreak in 1981. Posts featuring the cover of “The Eyes of Darkness” book and a page in which Koontz allegedly describes the coronavirus in his novel have at least 39,000 shares (examples https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10213609266306186&set=a.2964223324837&type=3&theater and https://www.facebook.com/ArmyAnonymous/posts/1749956951826910) and at least 2,000 retweets on Twitt

False claim: the Diamond Princess quarantine was fake

A video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hI7lJuewcxY&feature=share&fbclid=IwAR0mSnrsTb2ldG_ubSxBKOFtiO0EbEL0EsqbqPH536nlItuviq-2dBZYlVI that claims that the Diamond Princess quarantine was fake was posted by a Facebook user https://www.facebook.com/1324761756/posts/10221387041768562/ .  

False claim: Fox News laughs at Matt Gaetz for filing complaint against Nancy Pelosi over speech rip

A post https://www.facebook.com/MainStPolitics/posts/4033562500002564 on the Facebook page “Americans Against the Tea Party” claims that "even Fox News is laughing" at Republican Representative Matt Gaetz for filing ethics charges against Nancy Pelosi for ripping up her copy of President Donald Trump’s speech at State of The Union 2020. The post, which features an article https://bipartisanreport.com/2020/02/06/gaetz-attempting-to-prosecute-pelosi-for-ripping-up-speech/ published by bipartisanre

Partly false claim: video showing people leaving during Trump's speech in India was "doctored"

Multiple articles shared on Facebook have claimed that crowds left a stadium during President Trump's speech in India on Monday, February 24, 2020. Examples can be seen https://www.facebook.com/anxfreedom/posts/1383270401858609 and https://www.facebook.com/PoliticusUSA/posts/3473701019313890.  However, some social media users questioned the veracity of this claim, suggesting that the crowd was departing after the speeches had finished and as they were being replayed – see https://twitter.com/act

Partly false claim: information labels on disinfectants prove that the coronavirus causing the current outbreak is not new.

Multiple videos on Facebook, (examples https://www.facebook.com/tonymwmg/videos/10157010111958105/ and https://www.facebook.com/williams.tovilladiaz/videos/1551700001649780/) make the claim that information labels on Lysol disinfectant products prove that the "human coronavirus" is not a new phenomenon. Other claims in the videos hint at the existence of a possible conspiracy to keep this information from the public.

Partly false claim: Twitter suspends account of Ilhan Omar’s challenger for no reason

A widely popular image circulating on social media claims that Danielle Stella's Twitter account got suspended for no reason. The photo portraying Illhan Omar's potential Republican contender has been shared over 100,000 times in different pages as of February 14, 2020 (example https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=3138072579541859&set=a.723664517649356&type=3&theater).

Partly false claim: Michelle Obama did not salute the U.S. flag on Veteran’s Day

An old image of Michelle Obama allegedly not saluting the U.S. flag on Veterans Day resurfaced on social media recently. The text on the photo claims “America’s First Lady on Veteran’s Day? A picture worth a 1000 Words. Share if you think she is a disgrace”. The content has been shared over 350,000 times (examples https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=892162380856330&set=a.242832372456004&type=3&theater and https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10201998442419351&set=a.2276579230670&type=3&th

False Claim: In 2018, 10,150 Americans were killed by illegal immigrants, while 194 Americans were killed in mass shootings

An image widely circulating on social media recently claims that in 2018, 10,150 Americans were killed by illegal immigrants, while 194 Americans were killed in mass shootings. As of February, 20 2020, the image has over 200,300 shares and has been posted in at least 500 Facebook groups and pages, according to Crowdtangle (examples https://www.facebook.com/groups/142529582942633/permalink/848613445667573 and https://www.facebook.com/groups/141805223070367/permalink/594639627786922 )