A roundup of a few of the hottest however utterly unfaithful tales and visuals of the week. None of those are legit, regardless that they have been shared broadly on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the information:
Delivering grandma’s poll not against the law beneath Georgia regulation
CLAIM: “Georgia’s new anti-voting law makes it a jail-time crime to drop off grandma’s absentee ballot in a dropbox.”
THE FACTS: Delivering grandma’s poll received’t land you behind bars in Georgia, regardless of posts on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter falsely claiming it should. The election invoice generally known as SB 202, signed into regulation on March 25, has an exception permitting individuals to drop off ballots on behalf of their kinfolk. Social media posts making the false declare referenced an excerpt from the regulation that claims any one that “accepts an absentee ballot from an elector for delivery or return to the board of registrars except as authorized by subsection (a) of Code Section 21-2-385 shall be guilty of a felony.” However, that referenced part of the Georgia code additionally explains that members of the family — together with grandchildren and grandparents — can mail or ship ballots for one another. The code additionally permits a caregiver to ship a accomplished poll on behalf of a disabled individual, or a jail worker to ship a accomplished poll on behalf of somebody who’s in custody.
— Associated Press author Ali Swenson in Seattle contributed this report.
False most cancers declare circulates round COVID-19 check
CLAIM: COVID-19 checks trigger most cancers as a result of they’re sterilized with ethylene oxide.
THE FACTS: Ethylene oxide is a fuel generally used to sterilize medical tools. It can be used within the sterilization of spices and cosmetics. While it’s listed by federal companies as a carcinogen with long-term publicity, consultants say the fuel is used solely in small quantities to sterilize COVID testing kits and wouldn’t current most cancers hazard. A video being shared on-line makes the declare citing nostril swab checks used for COVID-19 detection. In the video, a person illustrates the purpose utilizing a COVID-19 residence check equipment from the National Health Service within the United Kingdom, which has a label noting it was sterilized with ethylene oxide. “They are purposely killing us,” the person says. “It is one of the worst, worst chemicals for causing cancer and people are sticking it up their kids’ noses to get them into school.” But ethylene oxide will not be a part of the check. Dr. Alexander Edwards, an affiliate professor in biomedical expertise on the University of Reading in England, instructed The Associated Press that the fuel is used within the sterilization course of as a result of it doesn’t have an effect on the product like warmth or steam would when used within the sterilization course of. “It’s not going to be present in any meaningful way at the time that you actually opened your test,” Edwards stated. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ethylene oxide is commonly used to sterilize medical tools which might be moisture or warmth delicate. Posts making the false claims have been shared on TikTookay, Facebook and Instagram. “Did you know the con-vid 19 swab test contains a highly carcinogenic sterilizer called ethylene oxide? The most toxic cancer causing substance ever produced,” one Facebook stated. The Department of Health and Social Care within the U.Ok. addressed the falsehood on Facebook. “There are false and misleading reports that lateral flow tests can give you cancer,” the put up stated. “These rapid #COVID19 tests have been rigorously tested and are safe.” The U.S. Food and Drug administration created strict requirements for the usage of ethylene oxide on medical units after it was discovered that the fuel might trigger most cancers with long-term and occupational publicity. Experts say there isn’t a concern in regards to the fuel being left on COVID-19 checks. “It is not something that would linger on the product,” Edwards stated.
— Associated Press author Beatrice Dupuy in New York contributed this report.
Farmworker union’s flag was the backdrop for Jill Biden speech
CLAIM: First woman Jill Biden gave a speech with the Nazi flag within the background.
THE FACTS: On Wednesday, Biden made a go to to The Forty Acres, the primary headquarters of the United Farm Workers labor union, in Delano, Calif., and gave a speech in entrance of the union’s flag — not a Nazi flag. The flag incorporates a black eagle surrounded by a white circle on a pink background. Yet a number of social media customers made false claims in regards to the flag. “I don’t know if there are words to fully convey how hilarious it is that ‘Dr’ Jill Biden butchered the Spanish language while giving a speech in front of a Nazi flag,” stated one Twitter person. Lauren Araiza, an affiliate professor who teaches historical past at Denison University, referred to as the hassle to attract similarities between the eagle used on the UFW flag and the one related to the Nazis “ridiculous.” Araiza stated the eagle on the pink and black flag was one thing Mexican Americans might simply relate to. “It’s based on the Aztec eagle, and they made it stylized in that way because they wanted a graphic that anybody could draw and then it would be easily printable,” stated Araiza, creator of the e book, “To March for Others: The Black Freedom Struggle and the United Farm Workers.” The flag was created within the 1960s by Chávez’s brother, Richard Chávez, and his cousin, Manuel Chávez. The union’s web site features a quote from Chávez explaining the flag’s design: “A symbol is an important thing. That is why we chose an Aztec eagle. It gives pride…When people see it they know it means dignity.” In addition to pink and black being eye-catching colours, the tone of pink used within the flag was cheap for printers, Araiza defined. “These people are just trying to use scare tactics to delegitimize the president and first lady’s open support of the UFW and, by extension, all Mexican Americans,” Araiza stated. Gavriel D. Rosenfeld, a professor of historical past at Fairfield University, who specializes within the historical past of Nazi Germany, additionally knocked down the claims. “One source of subtle confusion may be the fact that many Nazi flags featured an eagle with a swastika, the latter being a very geometric shape; the UFW flag also features a very geometrically rendered Aztec-style eagle that could evoke the geometric aspects of a swastika,” Rosenfeld stated in an e-mail. “But of course, there’s no swastika on the UFW whatsoever.”
— Associated Press author Arijeta Lajka in New York contributed this report.
Nike not concerned in Satan-themed sneaker launch
CLAIM: The sports activities attire firm Nike is releasing a shoe devoted to Satan.
THE FACTS: Nike was not concerned in a collaboration between rapper Lil Nas X and New York-based artwork collective MSCHF to design Satan-themed sneakers displaying the Nike model. Nike is suing MSCHF to cease the discharge of the footwear, which have been made “without Nike’s approval or authorization,” the corporate instructed the AP on Monday. The music video for Lil Nas X’s new tune “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” exhibits the musician, whose actual title is Montero Lamar Hill, descending into hell, dancing for Satan and claiming the satan’s horns as his personal. Following the video’s launch on March 25, MSCHF introduced on its web site that it will collaborate with the rapper on a restricted launch of “Satan shoes” — 666 pairs of black Nike Air Max 97 sneakers with a pentagram-shaped attraction. MSCHF claimed the sneakers additionally contained a drop of human blood. Responding to the information, 1000’s of social media customers shared viral posts claiming Nike was liable for the Satan-themed footwear. “Nike & Lil Nas X will launch their new demonic shoes on March 29, 2021 for $1,018 USD,” learn a Saturday Facebook put up. But Nike despatched The Associated Press an announcement saying it didn’t take part within the improvement or advertising and marketing of the themed sneakers. “We do not have a relationship with Lil Nas X or MSCHF,” the assertion learn. “Nike did not design or release these shoes and we do not endorse them.” In a later assertion, Nike stated it filed a trademark infringement and dilution grievance towards MSCHF on Monday to cease the discharge of the footwear. MSCHF CEO Gabe Whaley instructed the AP in an e-mail that Nike “did not have any involvement whatsoever” within the mission. MSCHF bought the footwear from Nike, then made its personal modifications to the footwear earlier than advertising and marketing them, Whaley confirmed.
— Ali Swenson
Oxford University will not be scrapping sheet music
CLAIM: The U.Ok.’s University of Oxford is contemplating eradicating sheet music from its music curriculum as a part of sweeping adjustments supposed to “decolonize” this system.
THE FACTS: There aren’t any plans into account to take away sheet music or western musical notation from the music curriculum at Oxford University, in accordance with Stephen Rouse, head of college communications. Social media customers circulated the false declare primarily based on tales within the British media. “Attack of the woke: Oxford University is considering removing sheet music from its curriculum over claims that musical notation has roots in “colonialism” and “complicity in white supremacy,” one Facebook person wrote on Monday. The bogus claims, shared 1000’s of instances, have roots in an article printed in Britain’s Daily Telegraph. The article reported that paperwork confirmed some school members had proposed reforms to handle the music program’s give attention to white European tradition, together with “rethinking the study of musical notation.” It didn’t report that the complaints meant the college was contemplating ditching sheet music altogether. Tabloids and right-wing media shops made that false assumption of their protection of the article. Rouse instructed The Associated Press that whereas the music school is planning to broaden its music curriculum to broaden choices, chopping sheet music will not be a part of the plan. He added that most of the views the Telegraph article attributed to “professors” got here from a single particular person. Rouse shared an announcement from the college’s music school. “While retaining (and in no way diminishing) our traditional excellence in the critical analysis, history and performance of the broad range of western art music, we are exploring ways to enhance our students’ opportunities to study a wider range of non-western and popular music from across the world than is currently on offer, as well as music composition, the psychology and sociology of music, music education, conducting, and much more,” the assertion learn. The music school stated claims that the college is contemplating eradicating sheet music from its curriculum are “completely incorrect.” “No such proposal or suggestion has been made about sheet music or western musical notation,” the assertion learn.
— Ali Swenson
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