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Unwanted imports: Anti-EU Kremlin disinformation rides high in N. Macedonia

Most of the anti-EU Kremlin disinformation in N. Macedonia originate abroad, both in Russia and in the West, and then arrive in the country through the social platforms and some through the internet media. Some of them are then adjusted to the local context, and the small number of disinformation pushing Kremlin narratives are native. Because of this, there...

Contrary to the disinformation that they are childless, most of the European leaders have children

Photo: Bruno on Pixabay A Facebook post falsely claims that the leaders of EU member states have no offspring. A Truthmeter fact-check, however, proved that most of the prime ministers and presidents of EU Member-States have children, including the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen who has seven children. The post, in fact, demonizes Western values that...

America is tarnished by disinformation about the wars in Ukraine and Israel cooked up in the “Russian kitchen”

Photo: Screenshot of the video in the FB post The Ukrainian authorities denied the claim that their country was providing arms to Hamas. On Monday (09.10.2023), the Ukrainian Military Intelligence Agency posted on its official Facebook page accusations that Russia launched a disinformation campaign related to these claims. The US continues to support Ukraine in its counter-offensive, but also in...

Biden’s Administration is not providing military aid to Hamas

The USA and Biden’s administration are not financing Hamas. The USA is sending humanitarian assistance for the civilians in Gaza, but it does not go to the terrorist organization that has several financiers, out of which the main is Iran. The USA declared Hamas a terrorist organization and prosecutes all of its citizens or permanent residents who finance this...

Prigozhin and his mysterious destiny – main disinformation highlight

Is he alive or did he really get killed in the plane crash on 23 August? This is the main public dilemma after the series of news and (dis)information related to the crash of Yevgeny Prigozhin’s company plane, in which he was flying at the time of the crash, at least according to the official lists and information published...

A post spreads false information; Joe Biden did visit Maui

Photo: Screenshot from a video Having interrupted his vacation in Nevada, the president of the USA, Joe Biden, visited Maui. He saw the damage inflicted by the terrifying fire that swallowed the island and claimed more than 100 victims. Evidence of his visit is the global media coverage, including video recordings from the event, writes Truthmeter.mk. Under the content-sharing agreement between...

Ukraine has legally regulated surrogacy, not baby farms

Photo: Screenshot from the video It is not true that the video calls upon Ukrainian women to transform their uteruses into baby-making machines. One can easily see in the original video that it is intended for foreign families concerned about the surrogacy process in wartime conditions. The post presents surrogate mothers as exploited, although they give their written consent for...

Putin is not a small child whо can be “lured” into attacking Ukraine

Opposed to the claims in the post we are fact-checking, Putin is the one who made a decision – completely unprovoked – to attack the territorial integrity of a sovereign country. In addition, Washington is constantly stressing that Russia can stop the war in Ukraine as soon as tomorrow, provided it withdraws from the territory of Ukraine. This means...

A post manipulates by saying that the Ukrainian Church is not Orthodox and that the peace depends on that

A high 72 percent of the Ukrainians declare themselves Orthodox Christians. Therefore, Orthodox Christianity is predominant in Ukraine and it is not logical to bring something back when it is already there. In addition, the post manipulates by claiming that peace in Ukraine depends on religion, although religion is a stumbling block when it comes to Russia. The resolution...

Manipulative Facebook post justifying Russian invasion in Ukraine at all costs

The entire post is loaded with Russian narratives and manipulations aiming to spread propaganda and justify the Russian military aggression in Ukraine. Ukrainians are not brainwashed, as the post claims, and they are trying to defend their country from Russia. Russia is the one that initiated the war, while the Western countries are just helping Ukraine to protect itself...

Theft of up to 1,000 dollars is not nonpunishable in the USA

Proposition 47 adopted in 2014 in California, which is not applicable in all states of the US, reclassifies felony theft like shoplifting under 1,000 dollars, from an offense into a misdemeanor. That does not mean that one is not held responsible for such a theft. For this kind of offense, thieves can be given a fine of up to...

Petrovska never stated that she declares war on Russia

Had Petrovska ever said such a thing, all of the media would have reported it, both the national and the international media. But such a thing cannot be found in the online space, neither in writing nor in audio form. Indeed, had Petrovska stated such a thing, an appropriate response would have followed from the side that, was declared...

Macron is not showing a Masonic symbol but the Eiffel Tower in sign language

Photo: Screenshot from the video A six-year-old video was misused for spreading lies that French President Emmanuel Macron is publicly displaying a masonic symbol. The video was recorded on 16th May 2017, when Macron received the members of the International Olympic Committee visiting Paris – then a candidate for hosting the Olympic Games 2024. The sign made by Macron has...

An arbitrary claim that the new Niger authorities have stopped uranium and gold exports to France

Photo: pixabay.com Reuters’s fact-checkers inform that until 2nd August – and according to our checks, also on 3rd August, when this fact-check has been written – there is no official information verified by the authorities of Niger, nor by those who carried out the coup on the President of Niger, about the alleged termination of uranium and gold exports to...

It is not true that the West is plundering Ukraine’s historic heritage

There is no evidence in support of the claim about plundering and “kidnapping” Ukrainian cultural treasures. Such claims from the post were refuted by the Ukrainian authorities. The Ministry of Culture and Information Technologies of Ukraine stated that the claim about kidnapping Ukrainian sacred relics is fabricated. The post states that the relics from the Kyiv church compound will...

No Unification between Russia and Belarus

Photo: Kremlin.ru The post carries a false statement by Peskov disinforming that some kind of unification will happen between Russia and Belarus. Our check showed that neither Peskov made a statement claiming that Putin’s address from 26th June will determine the fate of Russia, nor did Putin announce any kind of unification with Belarus in his address. In his speech...

The initial reactions: Blowing up Nova Kakhovka Dam on Dnipro River is a dangerous precedent

Photo: Screenshot of the video recording from a drone During the night of 06.06.2023, a large part of the enormous Dnipro dam in the vicinity of Nova Kakhovka in South Ukraine was blown up. Subsequently, the war in Ukraine acquired a completely new form that included ecocide – environmental disaster – and both sides, Russia and Ukraine, claim that the...

Military service is voluntary for women in Ukraine

The post disinforms that NATO is pushing Ukraine to fight to the last Ukrainian. This narrative undermines thousands of soldiers in Ukraine, including patriotic defence actions carried out to defend themselves from Russian aggression. It is not true that no more men are left so Zelenskyy is “sending women to be killed on the front”. Women voluntarily serve and...

Romanian anti-disinformation activist reveals: Misinformation campaigns often target refugees from Ukraine

While disinformation campaigns flood Central and Eastern Europe, civil society organizations are at the forefront of initiatives to face this challenge. Meta.mk spoke to Ina Danila, Project Manager at Funky Citizens, a Romanian organization working on fact-checking and disinformation resilience, about the current situation in Romania within the regional context. Disinformation is a worldwide threat to democratic societies. North Macedonia...

The EFCSN Association presented in Brussels as an advocate and voice for fact-checkers in Europe

The European Fact-Checking Standards Network (EFCSN) presented its Governance Body and newly-written Code of professional standards at a public event in Brussels on November 16 attended by representatives of EU institutions, digital media platforms and civil society. Over the past year, the EFCSN project has brought together nearly 50 fact-checking organisations from across Europe to write a Code of professional standards that organisations will...