Right-Wingers Pounce on MSNBC Host Yasmin Vossoughian’s Myocarditis to Peddle Anti-Vaxx BS

Weeks after blaming NFL safety Damar Hamlin’s cardiac arrest on COVID-19 vaccines, right-wing media personalities decided to train their latest anti-vaxx conspiracy theories on an MSNBC anchor who just returned to work following a health scare. After being “out of commission” for a month, Yasmin Vossoughian returned to the air this weekend and informed MSNBC … Read more

COVID, vaccine misinformation ‘spiking’ on Twitter after Elon Musk fires moderators

The volume of COVID misinformation has jumped alarmingly on Twitter, while anti-vaccination networks that had previously been dispersed are already reforming and reorganizing, according to research. Key points: For years, Twitter heavily moderated COVID and anti-vaccine misinformation Within weeks of Elon Musk taking over, this misinformation surged back onto the platform Other research found a … Read more

The ‘surprising’ finding of an online poll about COVID-19 vaccines is not what it seems

CheckMate is a weekly newsletter from RMIT FactLab which recaps the latest in the world of fact checking and misinformation, drawing on the work of FactLab and its sister organisation, RMIT ABC Fact Check. You can read the latest edition below, and subscribe to have the next newsletter delivered straight to your inbox. CheckMate October … Read more

Peterborough Police station protests face further charges

Frank Curtin, the organizer of a protest at the Peterborough Police station in August where people called for the citizen’s arrest of officers over their enforcement of COVID-19 measures, faced two new charges in court on Tuesday: videotaping his initial court appearance on Aug. 30 and posting it to YouTube. Court documents show the two … Read more

Conspiracists have named new UK Prime Minister Liz Truss in their theory about the World Economic Forum’s ‘Great Reset’. What are the facts?

Editor’s note (September 9, 2022): This edition of CheckMate was produced prior to the death of Queen Elizabeth II. CheckMate is a weekly newsletter from RMIT FactLab which recaps the latest in the world of fact checking and misinformation, drawing on the work of FactLab and its sister organisation, RMIT ABC Fact Check. You can … Read more

Viral claims are blaming a surge in excess deaths in Europe on vaccines. But experts say that’s not the case

CheckMate is a weekly newsletter from RMIT FactLab which recaps the latest in the world of fact checking and misinformation, drawing on the work of FactLab and its sister organisation, RMIT ABC Fact Check. You can read the latest edition below, and subscribe to have the next newsletter delivered straight to your inbox. CheckMate September … Read more

A news site with ties to the fossil fuel industry claimed Scotland axed 14 million trees to make way for wind farms. Is that correct?

CheckMate is a weekly newsletter from RMIT FactLab which recaps the latest in the world of fact checking and misinformation, drawing on the work of FactLab and its sister organisation, RMIT ABC Fact Check. You can read the latest edition below, and subscribe to have the next newsletter delivered straight to your inbox. CheckMate August … Read more

Adam Bies, Pennsylvania Anti-Vaxxer Enraged by Trump Raid at Mar-a-Lago, Is Arrested for Vile FBI Threats

On Friday, a Pennsylvania anti-vaxxer enraged over the FBI’s search of Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort allegedly vowed to murder as many federal agents as possible before they got him. “Come and get me you piece of shit feds,” he wrote on social media. “I am going to fucking slaughter you.” On Monday, 46-year-old Adam Bies … Read more

Anti-COVID mandate protests Ashley Charles Watson convicted over Caneland Central march

Children became separated from their parents and security guards feared for their safety as an anti-COVID-19 mandate protest in January turned into chaos at a North Queensland shopping centre, a court has heard. Key points: The court was played a video showing Ashley Charles Watson challenging the authority of a police officer Watson was involved … Read more

Anti-COVID mandate protests Ashley Charles Watson convicted over Caneland Central march

Children became separated from their parents and security guards feared for their safety as an anti-COVID-19 mandate protest in January turned into chaos at a North Queensland shopping centre, a court has heard. Key points: The court was played a video showing Ashley Charles Watson challenging the authority of a police officer Watson was involved … Read more