In a recent article, the New York Times reported that “the top 1% of earners pay about 90% of income taxes in the United States.” The article also noted that “averaging across all income groups, taxpayers paid $2.4 trillion in federal income taxes over the past three years, according to data from the Congressional Budget Office.”
The world of journalism is complicated, and fake news and pictures are often disseminated on social media. Every week, the editorial staff at Blasting News identifies the most common hoaxes and incorrect information to help you distinguish truth from fiction. Here are some of the most widely circulated bogus statements this week, none of which are true.
It is untrue that the wealthiest 1% of earners pay 90% of all income taxes.
False claim: After New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wore a white dress with the phrase “tax the rich” emblazoned in red at this year’s Met Gala ball, social media users slammed the move as hypocritical, claiming that the top 1% of the American population pays 90% of federal income taxes.
- According to the Tax Foundation’s testimony before the Senate Budget Committee in March 2021, the wealthiest half of taxpayers – those with a gross income of more than $43,614 – were liable for 97 percent of federal income taxes in 2018.
- According to the Tax Foundation, the top 1% of earners — those with a gross income of more than $540,009 – accounted for 40% of all federal income taxes paid, according to the most recent data from the Internal Revenue Service.
It is not true that ivermectin prevents Covid from growing.
False claim: Francesca Donato, an Italian member of the European Parliament and a member of the far-right Lega party, said on the Italian chat program “DiMarted” that “[Ivermectin] inhibits the viral replication of Covid.”
- During the program, epidemiologist Stefania Salmaso refuted Donato’s claims, stating, “Nothing has been found.” The data, on the other hand, is very contradictory.” “Studies have demonstrated that ivermectin does not help [in the treatment of COVID],” Salmaso said.
- Ivermectin should not be used for the prevention or treatment of COVID-19 outside of randomised clinical trials, according to the European Medicines Agency (EMA).
In Afghanistan, video does not show Christians bound in plastic bags.
False allegation: A video of individuals seeming to be tied up in plastic bags has gone viral on social media, with the claim that the pictures depict Christians being left to die by the Taliban in Afghanistan.
- According to a reverse image search, the film was first released in May 2021 and depicts an anti-government demonstration in Medelln, Colombia.
- Last May, Colombians staged a series of strikes and protests in response to the government’s plan to hike taxes. Local authorities’ violent suppression of the actions resulted in the deaths of at least 60 individuals.
The cancellation of Moorish and Christian celebrations has not been requested by Muslim organizations.
False claim: According to Twitter posts, Muslim organizations in Valencia, Spain, have requested the regional administration to stop the annual Moors and Christians festival, saying that it offends the Islamic religion.
- The Valencia regional administration stated in a statement to AFP that it has not received any requests from the Muslim community to cancel the event.
- Mariam Barouni, a spokeswoman for the Islamic Cultural Center of Valencia (CCIV), told AFP that there is no record of the Muslim community asking for the event to be canceled.
- The Moors and Christians celebration commemorates the reconquest of Spain by the Christians in the 15th century. Dances that represent the ancient territorial struggle between Christians and Muslims are performed during the parades.
The robot in the video does not seem to be determining the vaccination status of individuals on the streets of Singapore.
False claim: A video of an autonomous robot in Singapore was posted on social media, coupled with the claim that the robot is equipped with a face recognition system that can detect people’s vaccination status.
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- The autonomous robot, dubbed Xavier, is part of a Singapore government experiment to patrol public places. It utilizes a camera system to identify and discourage bad social behavior including flouting COVID-19 safety measures, smoking in forbidden locations, and incorrect bicycle parking.
- The Singapore government told the Brazilian newspaper G1 that Xavier does not use face recognition to determine people’s vaccination status.
The Nigerian Army does not seem to be assaulting armed groups in the images.
False claim: Videos and pictures of military operations have been posted on Facebook and Twitter with the claim that they show the Nigerian Army fighting armed groups in Zamfara, Nigeria’s northern state.
- One of the pictures provided comes from a video posted on YouTube by the Brazilian Air Force in 2019. It shows missiles being fired from a military aircraft.
- Another image, showing several rockets being launched from trucks, was first published by Reuters in March 2020, with the caption: “Missions are shown in this undated photo provided by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency.”
- Since December, armed groups have kidnapped a number of children in northern Nigeria.
Latin America is a continent in South America.
Israel has not chosen to adopt 5G technology, which is incorrect.
False claim: According to a Facebook post, Israel has chosen to stay away from the 5G network in its borders.
“Israel will not have 5G: despite its close involvement in the development of 5G network technology, Israel has chosen to shun it as if it were a plague,” the caption says.
- According to reports in the local press, Israel’s government approved three telecom operators to begin utilizing the country’s 5G network on September 29, 2020.
- Eran Bar-Oz, a spokesperson for Israel’s Communications Ministry, told The Times of Israel that the winning firms had already installed more than 200 5G antennae apiece.
- Pelephone, one of the telecom providers in Israel allowed to deliver 5G services, presently has three 5G packages available on its website.
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