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AFP's fact-check service debunks misinformation spread online.

False claims about Hong Kong's recent district council elections were shared thousands of times on Facebook and Twitter.Despite the disinformation, the elections saw a record turnout and huge gains for pro-democracy candidates.A Facebook post was shared hundreds of thousands of times which falsely claimed drinking cold water after a meal causes cancer.Medical experts told AFP there is no scientific evidence to support the claim.

The bill does prescribe the death penalty for hate speech, but only if it is found to have had deadly consequences. A leading Nigerian human rights lawyer said he doubted the national assembly had the power to pass such a bill into law.An aerial video showing a crowd of people singing during a demonstration was shared by prominent US Senator Marco Rubio with the claim that it showed a demonstration in Venezuela on November 16, 2019.

In fact, the video was recorded during a protest in Venezuela on January 23, 2019 when opposition leader Juan Guaido proclaimed himself interim president of the country.An online article shared hundreds of times on Facebook and Twitter claimed the World Health Organisation had"confirmed" the recent polio outbreak in the Philippines was caused by the vaccine for polio viruses.

The claim is misleading; the report omitted the fact that the WHO blamed poor immunisation coverage, not the vaccine itself, for polio's reemergence in the country.


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