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Fact Check-Explaining the optical illusion in the Biden-Carter photo

Social media users have pointed out that a photograph released by the Carter Center showing U.S. President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden with the 39th President Jimmy Carter and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter looks edited or staged due to the odd composition and size differences between the two couples. The image has been captured in a way that makes the Bidens look larger while the Carters and the furniture around them appear smaller.

Fact Check-Biden ‘No one should have to choose between a job and a paycheck’ quote is missing context

An incomplete quote from U.S. President Joe Biden during his first address to Congress on April 28, is making rounds on social media. But Biden’s statement “No one should have to choose between a job and a paycheck” is missing context: footage of the moment shows that, while discussing medical and paid leave proposed in his new $1.8 trillion American Families Plan, he expressed people should not have to choose between working and taking care of themselves or their families.

Fact Check-Video of clash with police took place in Peru in 2015

As Colombia faces days of protests that have led to over 20 deaths and international concern about excessive use of force by police, a video circulating on social media has been mistakenly labeled to say it shows scenes of the recent demonstrations in Colombia. But this is false: the graphic footage, showing a violent clash between police forces and an injured officer laying on the ground was filmed in Peru in 2015.

Fact Check-Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine does not contain luciferin or luciferase

The novel coronavirus vaccine manufactured by Moderna does not contain luciferin, an organic compound involved in bioluminescence, or the enzyme luciferase, contrary to claims on social media. While luciferase was involved in some COVID-19 research in the summer of 2020, none of the available vaccines contain either ingredient.

Fact Check-County in England says it is recruiting COVID-19 marshals as a precaution, not because restrictions are planned to continue

A recruitment contract for Covid marshals in a county in England for the second half of this year has led some users on social media to suggest that the government is planning to keep COVID-19 restrictions in place beyond June 21, Britain’s target date to lift them. However, the county which issued the contract says it is only precautionary, and authorities are still aiming to lift restrictions in June.

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