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Malaysia Police Denies Running Political Troll Farm!

Malaysia Police Denies Running Political Troll Farm!

The Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) denies running a troll farm to corrupt or manipulate public discourse!

Here is what you need to know!

 

Meta Accuses Malaysia Police Of Running Political Troll Farm!

On 4 August 2022, Meta directly named the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) as being responsible for a troll farm designed to “corrupt or manipulate public discourse“.

Here were the key findings that the Meta team revealed about the individuals behind the PDRM troll farm :

  • They were active on Facebook, TikTok, Twitter and Instagram.
  • They posted memes in Malay, in support of the current government coalition
  • They posted claims of corruption amongst the current government coalition’s critics
  • They created Facebook Pages that posed as independent news entities, and promoted police while criticising the opposition.
  • Their posting activity were greatest during weekdays, taking breaks for lunch.
  • Their fake accounts were under-developed, and some of them used stolen profile photos.

The troll farm was initially suspected to have originated in China by researchers at Clemson University in South Caroline. But when the Meta team investigated it, they found links to the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM).

Read more : Meta Accuses PDRM Of Running Political Troll Farm!

The Meta team also revealed that the PDRM troll farm spent about $6,000 (~RM26,750) in Facebook and Instagram ads, paid for primarily in Malaysian Ringgit.

They also shared how successful the PDRM troll farm was in garnering followers on Facebook and Instagram :

  • Facebook Pages : About 427,000 accounts
  • Facebook Groups : About 4,000 accounts
  • Instagram Accounts : About 15,000 accounts

As a result of their investigation, Meta removed 595 Facebook accounts, 180 Pages, 11 Groups and 72 Instagram accounts that were linked to this PDRM troll farm, for violating their police against “coordinated inauthentic behavior“.

What Is Inauthentic Behavior?

Inauthentic behaviour (IB) as an effort to mislead people or Facebook about about the popularity of content, the purpose of a community (i.e. Groups, Pages, Events) or the identity of the people behind it. It is primarily centered around amplifying and increasing the distribution of content, and is often (but not exclusively) financially motivated.

IB operators typically focus on quantity rather than the quality of engagement. For example, they may use large numbers of low-sophistication fake accounts to mass-post or like their content — be it commercial, social or political. They often use tactics similar to other large-scale online activities, like spam.

This behavior pattern distinguishes IB from Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior (CIB) where operators invest in mimicking human social activity as closely as possible.

 

PDRM Denies Meta Accusations Of Running Political Troll Farm!

On 6 August 2022, PDRM issued a short notice (with my English translation) stating that it takes Meta’s allegations seriously, denies them, and is currently gathering information about those allegations.

Penafian PDRM Atas Dakwaan Syarikat Meta Platforms Incorporated

Police Diraja Malaysia (PDRM) memandang serius laporan pihak syarikat Meta Platforms Incorporated yang mendakwa terdapat akaun-akaun palsu di media sosial yang “mempunyai hubungan dengan PDRM”.

PDRM menafikan dakwaan tersebut dan sedang mengampul maklumat lanjut mengenainya.

PDRM Denies Allegations By Meta Platforms Incorporated

The Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) is taking seriously the report by Meta Platforms Incorporated which claimed that there are fake social media account “with ties to PDRM”.

PDRM denies these allegations and is gathering more information about it.

 

PDRM Troll Farm : Is That Even Legal?!

The Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) enforces the laws of the country, including the Internet. In fact, they have a Cyber & Multimedia Criminal Investigation Unit under the Commercial Crime Investigation Department.

The PDRM works together with the National Cyber Security Agency (NACSA) to tackle cybersecurity threats, and these would include malicious influence campaigns.

All the more reason why it is both perplexing and troubling that Malaysia’s national police force has been linked to a troll farm designed to promote the current government coalition, while denigrating the opposition.

These are specifically the cybercrimes that NACSA should be looking out for, and the PDRM should be assisting them in arresting anyone in Malaysia who participated in such activities.

The PDRM will no doubt be under tremendous pressure to explain / refute Meta’s allegations.

 

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Meta Accuses PDRM Of Running Political Troll Farm!

Meta accused the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) of running a troll farm to corrupt or manipulate public discourse!

Here is what you need to know!

 

Meta Accuses PDRM Of Running Political Troll Farm!

On 4 August 2022, Meta issued the Adversarial Threat Report for the Second Quarter of 2022. In that report, they directly named the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) as being responsible for a troll farm designed to “corrupt or manipulate public discourse“.

Here were the key findings that the Meta team revealed about the individuals behind the PDRM troll farm :

  • They were active on Facebook, TikTok, Twitter and Instagram.
  • They posted memes in Malay, in support of the current government coalition
  • They posted claims of corruption amongst the current government coalition’s critics
  • They created Facebook Pages that posed as independent news entities, and promoted police while criticising the opposition.
  • Their posting activity were greatest during weekdays, taking breaks for lunch.
  • Their fake accounts were under-developed, and some of them used stolen profile photos.

The troll farm was initially suspected to have originated in China by researchers at Clemson University in South Caroline. But when the Meta team investigated it, they found links to the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM).

The Meta team also revealed that the PDRM troll farm spent about $6,000 (~RM26,750) in Facebook and Instagram ads, paid for primarily in Malaysian Ringgit.

They also shared how successful the PDRM troll farm was in garnering followers on Facebook and Instagram :

  • Facebook Pages : About 427,000 accounts
  • Facebook Groups : About 4,000 accounts
  • Instagram Accounts : About 15,000 accounts

As a result of their investigation, Meta removed 595 Facebook accounts, 180 Pages, 11 Groups and 72 Instagram accounts that were linked to this PDRM troll farm, for violating their police against “coordinated inauthentic behavior“.

What Is Inauthentic Behavior?

Inauthentic behaviour (IB) as an effort to mislead people or Facebook about about the popularity of content, the purpose of a community (i.e. Groups, Pages, Events) or the identity of the people behind it. It is primarily centered around amplifying and increasing the distribution of content, and is often (but not exclusively) financially motivated.

IB operators typically focus on quantity rather than the quality of engagement. For example, they may use large numbers of low-sophistication fake accounts to mass-post or like their content — be it commercial, social or political. They often use tactics similar to other large-scale online activities, like spam.

This behavior pattern distinguishes IB from Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior (CIB) where operators invest in mimicking human social activity as closely as possible.

 

PDRM Denies Meta Accusations Of Running Political Troll Farm!

On 6 August 2022, PDRM issued a short notice (with my English translation) stating that it takes Meta’s allegations seriously, denies them, and is currently gathering information about those allegations.

Penafian PDRM Atas Dakwaan Syarikat Meta Platforms Incorporated

Police Diraja Malaysia (PDRM) memandang serius laporan pihak syarikat Meta Platforms Incorporated yang mendakwa terdapat akaun-akaun palsu di media sosial yang “mempunyai hubungan dengan PDRM”.

PDRM menafikan dakwaan tersebut dan sedang mengampul maklumat lanjut mengenainya.

PDRM Denies Allegations By Meta Platforms Incorporated

The Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) is taking seriously the report by Meta Platforms Incorporated which claimed that there are fake social media account “with ties to PDRM”.

PDRM denies these allegations and is gathering more information about it.

 

PDRM Troll Farm : Is That Even Legal?!

The Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) enforces the laws of the country, including the Internet. In fact, they have a Cyber & Multimedia Criminal Investigation Unit under the Commercial Crime Investigation Department.

The PDRM works together with the National Cyber Security Agency (NACSA) to tackle cybersecurity threats, and these would include malicious influence campaigns.

All the more reason why it is both perplexing and troubling that Malaysia’s national police force has been linked to a troll farm designed to promote the current government coalition, while denigrating the opposition.

These are specifically the cybercrimes that NACSA should be looking out for, and the PDRM should be assisting them in arresting anyone in Malaysia who participated in such activities.

The PDRM will no doubt be under tremendous pressure to explain / refute Meta’s allegations.

 

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James Caan Autopsy : Cause Of Death Not Vaccine!

The autopsy report for James Caan just confirmed that he did not die from the COVID-19 vaccine!

Take a look at the viral claims, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : Vaccine Was Cause Of Death For James Caan Too!

Right after news broke that James Caan has died, anti-vaccination activists started claiming that he died from COVID-19 vaccination.

James Caan most likely died from the blood clots in his heart caused due to the Covid vaccine just like everybody else is dying with blood clots in wall heart in their sleep what the fuck is going on in this world does anybody still take it up the ass #FJB

Couldn’t possibly be related to the covid-19 vaccine side effect could it?

So sad another human had to die from the poison jab

James Caan, actor who played Sonny Corleone in ‘The Godfather,’ dies at 82

no doubt he ws vaxxed w covid-19 vax, de design is 2 kill off old white people 1st, and blacks, and so far it’s workng; Gen. Colin Powell, Marv. Marvin Hagler, DMX all dead

 

James Caan Autopsy : Cause Of Death Not Vaccine!

It’s becoming a tradition for anti-vaccination activists to immediately blame all celebrity deaths or injuries on the COVID-19 vaccine.

But yet again, they have been proven wrong, and we know this for a fact because we now have the autopsy report for James Caan!

Fact #1 : James Caan’s Autopsy Confirmed His Cause Of Death

On July 23, 2022, TMZ obtained the autopsy report for James Caan, which you can download yourself (pdf).

The autopsy report by the Los Angeles Department of Public Health states very clearly that James Cann died from a myocardial infarction (heart attack) brought upon by coronary heart disease.

The autopsy report also stated that James Caan was suffering from two chronic diseases that also contributed to his death – chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and congestive heart failure.

No other causes of death were found. Not myocarditis (the antivaxxer’s favourite bogeyman), not VITT, not even SADS.

Fact #2 : James Caan Died In A Hospital

The autopsy report also prove another anti-vaccination claim false – that James Caan died in his sleep from Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS).

Anti-vaccination activists jumped onto his family’s statement that James Caan died in the evening, and “assumed” that he died in his sleep.

The autopsy report though clearly states that James Caan was at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center when he died at 9:02 PM on July 6, 2022.

So, no, James Caan did not die unexpectedly in his sleep at home from vaccine-induced SADS, which doesn’t even exist!

Read more : Bob Saget Died From Head Trauma, Not Vaccine!

Fact #3 : Deaths / Injuries From COVID-19 Vaccines Can Be Proven

Despite anti-vaccination activists chalking up celebrity deaths to the vaccine; death or injury from rare vaccine adverse effects like anaphylaxis, myocarditis and VITT can be proven.

Anaphylaxis (severe allergic reaction) from Pfizer or Moderna mRNA vaccines happens within minutes. That’s why people are asked to wait for 15-30 minutes after getting the vaccine. People who get an anaphylactic shock will require an epinephrine shot to quickly relieve it.

Vaccine-induced myocarditis has distinct histopathology findings that are different from typical myocarditis, so a pathologist will be able to determine if the myocarditis was caused by the vaccines or otherwise.

Vaccine-induced Thrombotic Thrombocytopenia (VITT) is very specific to the AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. It is also easily differentiated by its unique combination of blood clots in large veins of the brains, abdomen and lungs, together with low platelet counts leading to bleeding tendencies.

Fact #4 : COVID-19 Vaccines Proven Safe + Effective

COVID-19 vaccines underwent massive clinical trials, and were only approved after they were proven to be safe and effective.

In addition, they were constantly monitored after they received their approvals, which picked up rare side effects after they were administered to billions of people.

Anti-vaccination activists have often claimed that those who received the vaccine would die. Yet, the opposite was true – the vaccines are not only safe, they are effective in protecting people from getting hospitalised or dying from COVID-19.

Even prominent antivaxxer Steve Kirsch is healthy and well, despite being fully-vaccinated against COVID-19!

Read more : Antivax Steve Kirsch Admits He’s Fully-Vaccinated!

Fact #5 : Claims Of Celebrities Dying From COVID-19 Vaccine Proven False

This is yet another example of anti-vaccination activists abusing celebrity deaths / injuries to create and propagate FAKE NEWS about the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines.

So far, claims of celebrity deaths / injuries due to the COVID-19 vaccine have been proven false at every instance.

James Caan now joins a long list of celebrities whose deaths / injuries have been falsely blamed on the COVID-19 vaccines.

Will these anti-vaccination activists apologise for lying to you? Nope! They will just move on to the next celebrity tragedy…

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Did James Caan Die From COVID-19 Vaccine SADS?!

Did James Caan die at the age of 82 from COVID-19 vaccine Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS)?!

Take a look at the viral claims, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : James Caan Died From COVID-19 Vaccine SADS!

Here we go again – within hours of news breaking that James Caan has died, anti-vaccination activists started claiming that he died from COVID-19 vaccination.

Here are just some examples circulating on social media :

James Caan most likely died from the blood clots in his heart caused due to the Covid vaccine just like everybody else is dying with blood clots in wall heart in their sleep what the fuck is going on in this world does anybody still take it up the ass #FJB

Couldn’t possibly be related to the covid-19 vaccine side effect could it?

So sad another human had to die from the poison jab

James Caan, actor who played Sonny Corleone in ‘The Godfather,’ dies at 82

no doubt he ws vaxxed w covid-19 vax, de design is 2 kill off old white people 1st, and blacks, and so far it’s workng; Gen. Colin Powell, Marv. Marvin Hagler, DMX all dead

 

Truth : James Caan Did NOT Die From COVID-19 Vaccine!

It’s becoming a tradition for anti-vaccination activists to immediately blame all celebrity deaths or injuries on the COVID-19 vaccine.

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created and propagated by anti-vaccination activists, and here are the reasons why… and the current facts that we know so far.

Fact #1 : James Caan Died Of A Heart Attack

An autopsy of James Caan revealed that he died from a myocardial infarction (heart attack) brought upon by coronary heart disease.

The autopsy report also stated that James Caan was suffering from two chronic diseases that also contributed to his death – chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and congestive heart failure.

That is definitive proof that James Caan’s death had nothing to do with the COVID-19 vaccine.

He now joins a long list of celebrities whose deaths / injuries have been falsely blamed on the COVID-19 vaccines.

Fact #2 : His Family Never Mentioned Vaccine As A Cause

Just to be very clear – James Caan’s family never mentioned the COVID-19 vaccine as his cause of death.

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Jimmy on the evening of July 6.

The family appreciates the outpouring of love and heartfelt condolences and asks that you continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time.

If his death was caused by COVID-19 vaccination, you can be sure that his family would have said something to that effect.

Even his son, Scott – also an actor, did not post anything on social media, claiming that his father died from the vaccine.

So anyone who claims that James Caan died from the COVID-19 vaccine is simply… LYING to you.

James Caan and his son, Scott Caan

Fact #3 : James Caan Was 82 Years Old

This is distasteful, but I have to point out that people do die of natural causes from old age.

The average life expectancy in the United States is 77.0 years, as of March 25, 2022. It is shorter for males – 75.1 years, compared to females, whose average life expectancy is 80.5 years.

James Edmund Caan was 82 years old when he died. A death of natural causes at his age is not unexpected – he lived at least 7 years longer than the average American male.

Fact #4 : Unknown If James Caan Was Vaccinated

I should point out that no one knows if James Caan was even vaccinated against COVID-19, although a few blogs have speculated on his vaccination status.

Despite what anti-vaccination activists may claim, there is no vaccine mandate in the United States.

Hence, James Caan may well be unvaccinated against COVID-19, unlike a certain prominent antivaxxer

Fact #5 : Vaccine Side Effects Appear Within Hours / Days

Even if James Caan was vaccinated against COVID-19, he would have received all of his doses months ago.

He cannot possibly have died from a vaccine side effect, because they appear within hours or days, not months later.

Mild side effects like injection site pain, fever, muscle ache, headache, lethargy develop within minutes to hours of the vaccination.

Anaphylaxis develops within minutes, while other severe adverse reactions like myocarditis and VITT develop within days.

The spike proteins produced by the COVID-19 vaccines also do not stick around for months. If these spike proteins are permanent (as antivaxxers claim), we would have lifelong immunity.

Your own immune system will identify the spike proteins as foreign, and destroy them within a matter of days, although some may last for up to a few weeks. This is part of how vaccines teach your immune system to identify the enemy and destroy it.

Read more : Did Pfizer Try To Hide 158K Vax Adverse Events For 75 Years?

Fact #6 : Deaths / Injuries From COVID-19 Vaccines Can Be Proven

Despite anti-vaccination activists chalking up celebrity deaths to the vaccine; death or injury from rare vaccine adverse effects like anaphylaxis, myocarditis and VITT can be proven.

Anaphylaxis (severe allergic reaction) from Pfizer or Moderna mRNA vaccines happens within minutes. That’s why people are asked to wait for 15-30 minutes after getting the vaccine. People who get an anaphylactic shock will require an epinephrine shot to quickly relieve it.

Vaccine-induced myocarditis has distinct histopathology findings that are different from typical myocarditis, so a pathologist will be able to determine if the myocarditis was caused by the vaccines or otherwise.

Vaccine-induced Thrombotic Thrombocytopenia (VITT) is very specific to the AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. It is also easily differentiated by its unique combination of blood clots in large veins of the brains, abdomen and lungs, together with low platelet counts leading to bleeding tendencies.

Fact #7 : COVID-19 Vaccines Proven Safe + Effective

COVID-19 vaccines underwent massive clinical trials, and were only approved after they were proven to be safe and effective.

In addition, they were constantly monitored after they received their approvals, which picked up rare side effects after they were administered to billions of people.

Anti-vaccination activists have often claimed that those who received the vaccine would die. Yet, the opposite was true – the vaccines are not only safe, they are effective in protecting people from getting hospitalised or dying from COVID-19.

Even prominent antivaxxer Steve Kirsch is healthy and well, despite being fully-vaccinated against COVID-19!

Read more : Antivax Steve Kirsch Admits He’s Fully-Vaccinated!

Fact #8 : Claims Of Celebrities Dying From COVID-19 Vaccine Proven False

This is yet another example of anti-vaccination activists abusing celebrity deaths / injuries to create and propagate FAKE NEWS about the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines.

So far, claims of celebrity deaths / injuries due to the COVID-19 vaccine have been proven false at every instance.

Will these anti-vaccination activists apologise for lying to you? Nope! They will just move on to the next celebrity tragedy…

Please help us FIGHT FAKE NEWS by sharing this fact check article out, and please SUPPORT our work!

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Carlos Santana Collapsed From Dehydration, Not Vaccine!

Carlos Santana collapsed on stage from dehydration, not from COVID-19 vaccine side effects!

Take a look at the viral claims, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : Carlos Santana Collapsed From Vaccine Side Effects!

On Tuesday, June 5, 2022, Carlos Santana collapsed on stage while performing at the Pine Knob Music Theatre in Clarkson, Michigan.

Medics rushed to treat Santana on stage after he passed out, but he managed to wave at the audience as he was wheeled away.

Almost immediately, people started claiming that Santana collapsed due to the COVID-19 vaccine side effects. Here are some examples on social media :

Carlos Santana collapses on stage #vaccine #vaccinesideeffects #vaccineinjured

➡️ Encore une victime des vaccins ?

Le célèbre guitariste Carlos Santana s’effondre sur la scène du du Pine Knob Music Theatre (Clarkson, Michigan).

L’année dernière, il avait participé à un concert à New-York réservé uniquement aux vaccinés.

➡️ another victim of vaccines?

The famous guitarist Carlos Santana collapses on the stage of the Pine Knob Music Theater (Clarkson, Michigan).

Last year, he participated in a concert in New York reserved only for vaccinated people.

Carlos Santana who performed at NYC’s ‘Concert for the Vaccinated’

Cancelled his Dec 2021 Concerts due to an “Unscheduled Heart Procedure”

Another vaccine zealot may be regretting their choice.

Even millionaire antivaxxer, Steve Kirsch (who is fully vaccinated himself!) suggested that Santana’s collapse was due to the vaccines. #winkwink

Read more : Antivax Steve Kirsch Admits He’s Fully-Vaccinated!

 

Truth : Carlos Santana Collapsed From Dehydration, Not Vaccine!

It’s becoming a tradition for anti-vaccination activists to immediately blame all celebrity deaths or injuries on the COVID-19 vaccine.

And we can confirm that these celebrity COVID-19 vaccine injury claims are false… yet again.

Carlos Santana Recovered Quickly

Carlos Santana was playing for about 40 minutes into his set, when he sat down on a riser and passed out.

Medics treated him on stage, and he recovered quickly – he was seen waving to fans, as they wheeled him out.

His manager, Michael Vrionis, said that Santana was “doing well” shortly after his collapse, but he was still taken to the McLaren Clarkston’s emergency department for observation.

Carlos Santana Collapsed From Dehydration

Carlos Santana’s wife, Cindy, posted on July 6, 2022, that Carlos was doing well, and had been diagnosed with heat exhaustion and dehydration.

She also pointed out that it was hot (100 °F / 38°C) on stage, and it was 114 °F / 46°C under the lights.

Hi Everyone! Carlos & I thank you so much for your prayers, love, care & concern for him! Please know that he’s resting and doing very well!

He was diagnosed with heat exhaustion & dehydration… it was 100 degrees on stage and 114 under the lights so that coupled with not enough water is what caused the issue.

He’ll be as good as new soon! Thank you again and we love you! Cindy & Carlos. 💜💜💜💜💜💜

His manager also issued a statement, confirming that Santana had suffered “heat exhaustion and dehydration”.

Carlos Santana Blamed A Lack Of Food + Drink, Not Vaccine

Carlos Santana posted an update on Facebook, assuring his fans that he was okay.

He also explained that he forgot to eat and drink water before his set, which was why he got dehydrated and passed out.

to one and all
thank you for your precious prayers
Cindy and I we are good just taking it easy
forgot to eat and drink water
so i dehydrated and passed out
blessings and miracles to you all

Vaccine Does Not Cause Heat Exhaustion Or Dehydration

Carlos Santana is very likely vaccinated against COVID-19, as he has spoken out positively about the vaccine, and was part of the “We Love NYC: The Homecoming Concert” for the vaccinated.

He also underwent an “unscheduled heart procedure” in December 2021, and would be at high risk of developing complications with a COVID-19 infection.

Just to be clear – COVID-19 vaccines cannot cause heat exhaustion or dehydration… so, if any anti-vaccination activist tells you that, please slap them silly.

His collapse and quick recovery is also not indicative of myocarditis, despite claims by anti-vaccination activists.

COVID-19 vaccines have been proven to be safe and effective, through massive clinical trials, and post-marketing monitoring of billions of doses.

Read more : Vaccine myocarditis risk is less than 1 in million!

Just More Celebrity Fake News!

This is yet another example of anti-vaccination activists abusing celebrity deaths / injuries to create and propagate FAKE NEWS about the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines.

So far, claims of celebrity deaths / injuries due to the COVID-19 vaccine have been proven false at every instance.

Will these anti-vaccination activists apologise for lying to you? Nope! They will just move on to the next celebrity tragedy…

Please help us FIGHT FAKE NEWS by sharing this fact check article out, and please SUPPORT our work!

Don’t forget to protect yourself, and your family, by vaccinating against COVID-19!

 

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He continues to devote countless hours every day writing about tech, medicine and science, in his pursuit of facts in a post-truth world.

 

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Gentleminions TikTok Craze : The Good, The Bad + The Ban!

The Gentleminions craze is driving tickets sales to Minions: The Rise of Gru, but some parents are really pissed at this new TikTok trend!

Find out what the heck is the Gentleminions trend all about, and why some cinemas have banned it!

 

Gentleminions TikTok Craze : What Is It?

Minions: The Rise of Gru – the latest instalment of the wildly popular Despicable Me movie franchise – was released on July 1, 2022.

It quickly topped the box office, with a four day total of $122.5 million in the US and Canada alone, thanks in part to the Gentleminions TikTok craze.

The Despicable Me movie franchise has been a family favourite with kids and their parents who can’t get enough of cute banana-yellow Minions – Kevin, Stuart and Bob, and friends.

But cinemas are seeing hordes of teenagers – mostly male, all dressed in smart suits and some “armed” with yellow bananas, lining up for the new Minions movie.

They would record themselves swarming the theatre, sitting together in a group to watch the movie and mimic Gru or the minions – all to post on TikTok, and other social media – Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, etc.

 

Gentleminions TikTok Craze : The Good, The Bad + The Ban!

Many Gentleminions dressed up in the spirit of good humour, as part of a fun night at the movies with friends after 2+ years of the pandemic.

Universal Pictures was no doubt pleased as punch – these teenagers (and some adults) were boosting the box office numbers, which is why they gave a hat tip to those who participated.

Unfortunately, some Gentleminions were not really “gentleminions”. They would clap, shout and wave their hands, or even stand up during the movie, disrupting the experience for everyone else.

Some even threw the bananas they brought at the screen, while others turned on their smartphones’ torchlight to wave in the dark cinema.

When cinema ushers asked them to stop and settle down, some verbally abused them while others threw things at them, or other cinema-goers, including young children.

In some cases, the cinema staff had to evict the troublemakers, and even the police was involved. One cinema manager shared that :

It’s been absolutely heartbreaking. We’ve had families who won’t even go back into the screen when we’ve tried to sort it out, families leaving before the film has even started, and of course the children have been in tears.

A few cinemas had to refund other patrons who were not pleased at all with the disruptions, especially families who brought their children for what they thought would be a fun experience.

In the end, some cinemas are refusing to allow “unaccompanied children wearing suits” to watch the movie. Odeon cinemas in the UK, for example, put up this sign :

Due to recent disturbances following the #Gentleminions trend, any group of guests in formal attire will be refused entry for showings of Minions: The Rise of Gru. Thank you.

 

Gentleminions Cinema Ban : Check Before You Leave Home!

It is sad that what seemed to be a fun trend devolved in some cases into a real problem. Those rowdy Nastyminions are spoiling the trend for the real Gentleminions, and that’s a real shame.

If you are planning to dress up to watch Minions: The Rise of Gru, please check if the cinema has a new dress code restriction. Just in case – bring a set of casual clothes.

And if they do let you go in, please be a real Gentleminion, like these Japanese fans. Enjoy the movie together with everyone else, not at their expense. Thank you!

 

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Did Josh Gad’s Nephew, Marco, Die From Vaccine SADS?!

Did Josh Gad’s young nephew, Marco, die from Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS) caused by the COVID-19 vaccine?!

Take a look at the viral claims, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : Josh Gad’s Nephew, Marco, Died From Vaccine SADS!

After Josh Gad announced that his 20 year-old nephew, Marco, died in his sleep, people started claiming that he died from Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS) caused by the COVID-19 vaccine.

Here are just a few examples of those claims circulating on social media :

S.A.D.S. Strikes Again: Josh Gad Nephew Dies Suddenly In His Sleep

Join us!!! Join us!!!!! Join us!!!!!!! Pro vax guy and Hollywood shill Josh gad doesn’t have the balls to tell you the vaccine killed his nephew…. Sick celebrities

@joshgad your nephew died from the poisonous injection that you all have taken. Wake up

No Evidence Josh Gad’s Nephew, Marco, Died From Vaccine SADS!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created and propagated by anti-vaccination activists, and here are the reasons why… and the current facts that we know so far.

Fact #1 : Marco’s Cause Of Death Is Unknown

According to a tweet and a prior Instagram post by Josh Gad, his nephew Marco died in his sleep on Friday, June 24, 2022.

Thank you all for your love. Our beloved nephew Marco passed away in his sleep at 20, his life cut far too short and our pain far too deep. Our family is trying to make sense of it all but your support has been incredible. ❤️❤️❤️

His cause of death is still unknown. Unknown does not mean he died from “a vaccine injury”. Unknown means that, at this time, NO ONE KNOWS what Marco died of.

It also means that anyone who claims that Marco died of this cause or that cause is lying to you.

It is currently unknown if an autopsy was performed on Marco, but we will only know his cause of death only through an autopsy report, or official confirmation from his family.

Fact #2 : Josh Gad Never Mentioned Vaccine As A Cause

Josh Gad posted several times about his nephew, showing just how much he was affected by his nephew’s death.

Yet, not once, in his many social media posts, did Josh mention Marco’s vaccination, or cause of death.

Today I write this with a broken heart. Our beloved nephew Marco has left us far too early. At 20 years old, he was full of possibly and promise.

To say he is gone far too soon does not do justice to the life force that he was. As his parents try to work this impossible pain, I am asking for all of you to send positive energy and love their way.

So anyone who claims that Marco died from the COVID-19 vaccine is simply… LYING to you.

Fact #3 : Marco’s Vaccination Status Is Unknown

I should point out that no one knows if Josh Gad’s nephew, Marco, was even vaccinated against COVID-19.

Despite what anti-vaccination activists may claim, there is no vaccine mandate in the United States.

Hence, Marco may well be unvaccinated against COVID-19, unlike a certain prominent antivaxxer

Fact #4 : Marco Didn’t Star In Frozen…

This is a really weird claim – a website called FactsWOW tried to hype up Marco’s death by claiming that Marco played the part of Marco in the movie, Frozen.

The problem with that claim? There is no character called Marco in the movie, Frozen! As for Josh Gad, he voiced Olaf the magical snowman…

It is unbelievable the lengths to which some people would go to milk a tragedy to go viral…

Fact #5 : Vaccine Side Effects Appear Within Hours / Days

Even if Marco was vaccinated against COVID-19, he would have received all of his doses months ago.

He cannot possibly have died from a vaccine side effect, because they appear within hours or days, not months later.

Mild side effects like injection site pain, fever, muscle ache, headache, lethargy develop within minutes to hours of the vaccination.

Anaphylaxis develops within minutes, while other severe adverse reactions like myocarditis and VITT develop within days.

The spike proteins produced by the COVID-19 vaccines also do not stick around for months. If these spike proteins are permanent (as antivaxxers claim), we would have lifelong immunity.

Your own immune system will identify the spike proteins as foreign, and destroy them within a matter of days, although some may last for up to a few weeks. This is part of how vaccines teach your immune system to identify the enemy and destroy it.

Fact #6 : Deaths / Injuries From COVID-19 Vaccines Can Be Proven

Despite anti-vaccination activists chalking up sudden, unknown deaths to the vaccine; death or injury from rare vaccine adverse effects like anaphylaxis, myocarditis and VITT can be proven.

Anaphylaxis (severe allergic reaction) from Pfizer or Moderna mRNA vaccines happens within minutes. That’s why people are asked to wait for 15-30 minutes after getting the vaccine. People who get an anaphylactic shock will require an epinephrine shot to quickly relieve it.

Vaccine-induced myocarditis has distinct histopathology findings that are different from typical myocarditis, so a pathologist will be able to determine if the myocarditis was caused by the vaccines or otherwise.

Vaccine-induced Thrombotic Thrombocytopenia (VITT) is very specific to the AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. It is also easily differentiated by its unique combination of blood clots in large veins of the brains, abdomen and lungs, together with low platelet counts leading to bleeding tendencies.

Read more : Did Hundreds Of Athletes Die Of COVID-19 Vaccine Effects?!

Fact #7 : There Are Thousands Of SADS Deaths Every Year

It is possible that Marco may have died from Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome (SADS), also known as Sudden Adult Death Syndrome.

But that does not mean SADS is caused by COVID-19 vaccines. That would be rather ludicrous as SADS was first documented in 1977 – long before COVID-19 vaccines were invented!

SADS also occurs at a rate of 0.12 to 0.21 per 100,000 people every single year. In other words, approximately 9,000 to 16,000 people die from SADS every single year, before the COVID-19 vaccines were invented.

Despite what anti-vaccination activists may tell you – SADS is not a new vaccine-related syndrome.

SADS is usually caused by an abnormal heart rhythm that leads to a cardiac arrest. That’s why it can be prevented by implanting a cardioverter-defribillator.

The UK Office for National Statistics data on Sudden Adult Deaths from 2016 to 2020 also showed NO INCREASE in SADS cases, demonstrating that COVID-19 vaccines did not increase the prevalence of SADS.

Years Sudden Adult Death
Syndrome Cases
2016 116
2017 63
2018 53
2019 87
2020 115

Fact #8 : COVID-19 Vaccines Proven Safe + Effective

COVID-19 vaccines underwent massive clinical trials, and were only approved after they were proven to be safe and effective.

In addition, they were constantly monitored after they received their approvals, which picked up rare side effects after they were administered to billions of people.

Anti-vaccination activists have often claimed that those who received the vaccine would die. Yet, the opposite was true – the vaccines are not only safe, they are effective in protecting people from getting hospitalised or dying from COVID-19.

Even prominent antivaxxer Steve Kirsch is healthy and well, despite being fully-vaccinated against COVID-19!

Read more : Antivax Steve Kirsch Admits He’s Fully-Vaccinated!

Fact #9 : Claims Of Celebrities Dying From COVID-19 Vaccine Proven False

This is yet another example of anti-vaccination activists abusing celebrity deaths / injuries to create and propagate FAKE NEWS about the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines.

So far, claims of celebrity deaths / injuries due to the COVID-19 vaccine have been proven false at every instance.

Will these anti-vaccination activists apologise for lying to you? Nope! They will just move on to the next celebrity death…

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Depeche Mode’s Andy Fletcher : Cause Of Death Not Vaccine!

Let this be the final word on Depeche Mode’s Andy Fletcher – his cause of death was not the COVID-19 vaccine!

Take a look at the viral claims, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : Andy Fletcher – Cause Of Death Was COVID-19 Vaccine!

People have been claiming that Depeche Mode’s founding member and keyboardist, Andy Fletcher (Andrew Fletcher, also known as Fletch) died from the COVID-19 vaccine.

All the vaccinated boomer celebrities are dying in their sleep. Ray Liotta, 67, dies in his sleep yesterday. Andy Fletcher, Depeche Mode, 60, died in his sleep today.

They sold us a dirty bag of goods and now we will just go to sleep and not wake up? #Vaccines #Covid

#AndyFletcher #vaccineinjuries #VaccineSideEffects

vaccines kill Rip My Heart Is broken

He sadly died of ‘natural causes’. Is that the new code for vaccine induced death? #AndyFletcher

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Depeche Mode’s Andy Fletcher : Cause Of Death Not Vaccine!

It’s becoming a tradition for anti-vaccination activists to immediately blame all celebrity deaths on the COVID-19 vaccine.

But we can now confirm that Andy Fletcher’s cause of death was not the COVID-19 vaccine!

On June 28, 2022, Depeche Mode announced that the official cause of death of their keyboardist Andy Fletcher was an aortic dissection.

A couple weeks ago we received the result from the medical examiners, which Andy’s family asked us to share with you now.

Andy suffered an aortic dissection while at home on May 26. So, even though it was far, far too soon, he passed naturally and without prolonged suffering.

There you have it – official confirmation, beyond doubt, that Andy Fletcher did not die from the COVID-19 vaccine.

Here are other facts we know about Andy Fletcher last moments, and why his cause of death was not the COVID-19 vaccine.

Fact #1 : Andy Fletcher Died Of Natural Causes

On 26 May 2022 – the same day Ray Liotta died, Andy Fletcher suffered from an aortic dissection and died.

The circumstances behind his death was not revealed, but it was only said to be of “natural causes”, pending an official cause of death after an autopsy.

None of the official statements so far said that he died in his sleep, so claims that he is “yet another” healthy person to die in his/her sleep is not backed by any facts.

Fact #2 : Aortic Dissection Is Not Caused By Any Vaccine

The official cause of death of an aortic dissection – the tearing of the innermost layer of the aorta (largest artery in our body) – is one of the many natural causes of death.

An aortic dissection is more commonly seen in people with a history of high blood pressure, or those who have connective tissue disorders like Marfan syndrome or the Ehlers Danlos syndrome. It is also more common in people who have had heart surgery previously.

When an aortic dissection happens, the patient experiences a sudden onset of severe chest or back pain, with vomiting, sweating and he/she may even faint.

This is a medical emergency. If not treated quickly, it can lead to death from the compression of the heart (pericardial tamponade), or a complete rupture of the aorta.

Aortic dissection is certainly not caused by any vaccine, whether it is the COVID-19 vaccine or otherwise.

Credit : MSD Manuals

Fact #3 : Andy Fletcher’s Vaccination Status Is Unknown

Claims that Andy Fletcher died from the COVID-19 vaccine are not based on any evidence. In fact, we don’t actually know if Andy Fletcher was even vaccinated against COVID-19.

Despite what anti-vaccination activists may claim – there is no vaccine mandate in the United Kingdom.

As of June 18, 2022, just under 75% of UK residents are vaccinated. That means approximately 1 in 4 people (25%) in the UK are partially vaccinated or completely unvaccinated.

Fact #4 : Andy Fletcher Lived In England, Not Canada

Many celebrity blogs, and anti-vaccination websites, claimed that Andy Fletcher was fully-vaccinated, with an Ontario vaccination card.

That’s absurd, because Andy Fletcher is a UK citizen living in England, not a Canadian citizen living in Ontario.

The truth is – they (intentionally?) confused Andrew Fletcher, the one and only Depeche Mode keyboardist residing in Brighton, East Sussex, England…. with Andrew Fletcher, a homeless man living in a Hamilton encampment in Ontario, Canada.

In this comparison I created, you can see how the two men are not even alike… other than the fact that they are both 60 year-old white males.

If they can mix these two men up, you have to wonder – what else did they get wrong?

Fact #5 : COVID-19 Vaccines Proven Safe + Effective

COVID-19 vaccines underwent massive clinical trials, and were only approved after they were proven to be safe and effective.

In addition, they were constantly monitored after they received their approvals, which picked up rare side effects after they were administered to billions of people.

Anti-vaccination activists have often claimed that those who received the vaccine would die. Yet, the opposite was true – the vaccines were not only safe, they were effective in protecting people from getting hospitalised or dying from COVID-19.

Fact #6 : Vaccine Side Effects Generally Last Only A Few Days

COVID-19 vaccine side effects are generally mild, and last only a few days.

In rare cases, the recipient may suffer from blood clots (AstraZeneca) or myocarditis (Pfizer), but they develop within days of receiving the vaccine, not months later.

If Andy Fletcher received the COVID-19 vaccine, he would have received all his doses last year. It is quite impossible for his death to be related to any COVID-19 vaccine he may have received many months earlier.

Read more : Did Study Show Pfizer Vaccine Altering Liver DNA In 6 Hours?!

Fact #7 : Claims Of Celebrities Dying From COVID-19 Vaccine Proven False

This is yet another example of anti-vaccination activists abusing celebrity deaths / injuries to create and propagate FAKE NEWS about the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines.

So far, claims of celebrity deaths / injuries due to the COVID-19 vaccine have been proven false at every instance.

Will these anti-vaccination activists apologise for lying to you? Nope! They will just move on to the next celebrity death…

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Are MySejahtera 68808 SMS Messages A Scam?!

Are MySejahtera messages sent through the 68808 SMS service really a scam?!

Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : MySejahtera 68808 SMS Messages Are A Scam!

People are sharing this warning on social media – Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, as well as in WhatsApp and Telegram groups :

MySejahtera 通过 68808 发送短信要求用户 重置资料,请不要点击链接,这是钓鱼陷阱 骗局。
请转发广传出去给大家警惕,谢谢。

MySejahtera sending sms through 68808 to ask users to reset, pls do not click link. It’s a scam.

 

MySejahtera 68808 SMS Messages Not Necessarily A Scam!

Many Malaysians are rightfully wary about clicking on links sent by SMS or WhatsApp.

There have been many scams involving fake SMS or WhatsApp messages, which we covered here in Tech ARP :

However, Malaysians are also too gullible, accepting all warnings on WhatsApp as genuine, without first verifying if they are even true.

Here are the reasons why the MySejahtera reset messages delivered by the 68808 SMS service are not necessarily a scam!

Fact #1 : 68808 Is Used By MySejahtera

Despite what people may tell you – 68808 is an official SMS service number used by MySejahtera.

In fact, MySejahtera uses three SMS service numbers to send you notifications (like your vaccination appointments), as well as your password renewal link :

68808
68088
63001

Fact #2 : 68808 Messages Are Generally Legitimate

Despite what is shared on social media, messages sent through 68808 are genuine. What you need to be wary of are SMS messages sent via other numbers.

Take a look at this example of fake news shared on social media, and some websites. It was touted as an example of fake MySejahtera messages sent by 68808.

The truth is “original” message was sent through 63839, which is not a legitimate MySejahtera SMS service. The “fake” message was sent through 68808, which is a legitimate MySejahtera SMS service.

In this misleading example, you can also see a prior SMS message on vehicle servicing in the 63839 channel. Official MySejahtera SMS channels (68808, 68088 and 63001) will only show messages from MySejahtera, not other services.

Note : The links in both messages appear to be genuine, linking to https://mysejahtera.malaysia.gov.my/.

Fact #3 : MySejahtera Sends Reset Links Via SMS

Despite what social media “experts” may tell you – MySejahtera will send password reset links through SMS, as a verification method.

If you are trying to reset your MySejahtera password (because you forgot it), you will be sent an SMS message with a link to https://mysejahtera.malaysia.gov.my/, as the example above shows.

Fact #4 : SMS Messages Can Be Spoofed

That said, SMS messages can be spoofed to appear to come from the three legitimate MySejahtera channels – 68808, 68088 and 63001.

So you should avoid clicking on MySejahtera password reset links, even from legitimate channels, unless you have specifically asked to reset the MySejahtera password.

Fact #5 : MySejahtera Team Clarified This In April

The MySejahtera team actually refuted these false claims in April 2022. Unfortunately, people still continue to share this fake news.

So please help us fight fake news – share this fact check with your family and friends!

 

How To Avoid MySejahtera (Or Other) SMS Scam!

So here is what I recommend when it comes to SMS messages, whether they were sent by MySejahtera, banks, etc. :

  1. Always check to make sure they come from legitimate SMS channels. For MySejahtera, that’s 68808, 68088 and 63001.
  2. If you are not sure about an SMS message from the authorities / banks / telcos, please do not hesitate to call them to verify the authenticity of that message.
  3. Never click on a link to log into a website (like your bank). Always use your banking app, or log in manually using a Internet browser on your computer or phone.
  4. Only click on a link in specific circumstances that do not require a login – for example : to verify your request to reset your MySejahtera password.
  5. Do NOT click on any link to confirm that you are resetting a password, or confirm your new SIM card, unless you just requested to performed those actions.
  6. Before you click on a link, always check the link goes to the official website (like https://mysejahtera.malaysia.gov.my/). Never click on a link that goes to suspicious websites.

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Did Arnold Schwarzenegger Sleep In Front Of His Statue?!

Was Arnold Schwarzenegger once forced to sleep in front of his own statue, after being rejected by a hotel?!

Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : Arnold Schwarzenegger Had To Sleep In Front Of His Statue!

People are sharing a picture of Arnold Schwarzenegger sleeping in front of his own statue, together with this life lesson :

Arnold Schwarzenegger posted a photo of himself sleeping on the street under his famous bronze statue, and sadly wrote “How times have changed*

The reason he wrote the phrase was not only because he was old, but because when he was governor of California he inaugurated a hotel with his statue. Hotel staff told Arnold, “at any moment you can come and have a room reserved for you.” When Arnold stepped down as governor and went to the hotel, the administration refused to give him a room arguing that he should pay for it since they were in great demand.

He brought a sleeping bag and stood underneath the statue and explained what he wanted to convey: “When I was in an important position, they always complimented me, and when I lost this position, they forgot about me and did not keep their promise. Do not trust your position or the amount of money you have, nor your power, nor your intelligence, it will not last. “

Trying to teach everyone that when you’re “Important” in the people’s eyes, everyone is your “Friend ” But once you don’t benefit their interests, you won’t matter.

* You are not always who you think you will always be, nothing lasts forever”

 

Truth : Arnold Schwarzenegger Did Not Sleep In Front Of His Statue!

This is yet another example of celebrity FAKE NEWS, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : The Picture Is Genuine

First, let me confirm that the picture is genuine.

In fact, Arnold Schwarzenegger posted it on his own Instagram account and Facebook page on 15 January, 2016.

Fact #2 : He Did Not Sleep In Front Of His Statue

To be clear – Arnold only posed for the shot. He did not actually sleep in front of his own statue.

Fact #3 : He Was Filming A Movie At That Time

Arnold took that picture while he was in Columbus filming the movie, Aftermath (known at that time as 478).

He allegedly requested that the movie be shot in Columbus, because of his long love for the city.

More to the point – he would have been provided with accommodation while he was filming. He wouldn’t have needed to “comp” a hotel room…

Fact #4 : Most Of The Quotes Were Made Up

Arnold’s picture was only accompanied by this comment – “How times have changed.“. Nothing else.

The other quotes about being rejected by a hotel for losing his important position were made up.

Fact #5 : The Picture Was Not Taken Outside Any Hotel

Arnold took the picture in front of the Greater Columbus Convention Centre in Ohio. Not in front of any hotel, as the fake story claimed.

The 8 foot-tall statue was first erected outside the Franklin County Veterans Memorial on March 2, 2012, and moved to the Greater Columbus Convention Centre on October 6, 2014.

At the 2014 rededication of his statue, then-Mayor Michael B. Coleman told Schwarzenegger, “We want to memorialize that forever in front of our convention center.

Fact #6 : He Did Not Inaugurate Any Hotel With His Statue

Arnold Schwarzenegger did not inaugurate any new hotel with his own statue. Why on Earth would anyone do that? It doesn’t even make sense.

Arnold Schwarzenegger was honoured with that statue to commemorate his commitment to Columbus, Ohio, where the Arnold Sports Festival is held every year.

Fact #7 : Arnold Schwarzenegger Is Rich

It is hilarious that so many people actually believe that Arnold Schwarzenegger would be so hard up for a free hotel room.

He is wealthy, with a net worth estimated to be between $300 million to $400 million.

Fact #8 : He Stepped Down As Governor In 2011

Arnold Schwarzenegger was governor of California for two terms – from November 17, 2003 until January 3, 2011.

In other words, he stepped down as governor 14 months before his status was erected in 2012! The fake story’s chronology is complete nonsense.

Fact #9 : Fake Story Has Been Circulating Since January 2018

This fake story appears to be created around January 2018, when it first went viral.

Since then, it has periodically gone viral over the years on social media – Twitter and Facebook, as well as on WhatsApp.

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Fact Check : Did Michelle Obama Call Women “Womxn”?!

Did former US First Lady Michelle Obama controversially called women “womxn”?

Take a look at the claim, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : Michelle Obama Called Women “Womxn”!

Many people are deriding former US First Lady Michelle Obama for allegedly calling women “womxn”. Some even sarcastically ask – how should we pronounce womxn?

Amongst them are Sky News Australia host Piers Morgan, who claimed that by changing the spelling of the word to womxn, Michelle Obama was deriding women, and making a mockery of the trans cause.

What makes this particularly absurd is that Ms Obama’s post was supposed to be supporting women’s rights.

Instead she’s trampled on them by pandering to a tiny minority of people who get upset when they hear a word that’s been used for centuries to describe people who aren’t men.

Many shared his video, with denigrating comments like this :

Totally disgusted! How low will she go?

Michelle Obama is not even a womxn. She’s a man. Everybody knows that.

 

Truth : Michelle Obama Did Not Call Women “Womxn”!

As much as I like Piers Morgan, he’s intentionally shit-stirring, and factually wrong. Here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Michelle Obama Did Not Use The Word “Womxn”

Michelle Obama ostensibly posted the word, “womxn” in an Instagram post on May 15, 2022 that offended Piers so much he posted a screenshot of it in his video (see screenshot above).

I went to check out Michelle Obama’s “controversial” Instagram post, but could find no reference to the word, “womxn”.

This was what she posted. See if you can spot the offending word. I could be blind…

It’s been a tough couple of weeks since we saw the leaked SCOTUS draft opinion on abortion. If it comes to pass, we may soon live in a country where millions of women — not to mention our children and grandchildren — lose the right to make decisions about their bodies and their health. Even if we knew the courts were heading toward this day, it doesn’t make the frustration, grief, and fear any less real.

But we don’t have to stand idly by while others try to turn back the clock on progress. I’m so inspired by everyone out marching today. And I know that we’re going to see so many folks carrying this energy forward to the elections in November and in every election after that.

And if any of you are questioning whether or not your vote matters, I get it. But state lawmakers are the ones who will determine whether abortion is safe, legal, and accessible in your communities. And we are the ones who determine our state lawmakers. So when you get home from marching, check your voter registration status with @WhenWeAllVote and encourage others to do the same at WhenWeAllVote.org.

There were seven slides too, but none of them had the word womxn. It is possible that one of the slides did use the word “womxn”, but has been removed.

But what’s certain is that the message that Michelle Obama wrote did NOT use the word “womxn”.

Fact #2 : Womxn Was Used In Slide She Shared

If you head over to Twitter, you will see that Michelle Obama posted a tweet on May 15, 2022 too, that included the word, “womxn” in the slide :

The leaked SCOTUS draft decision to overturn Roe v. Wade could give state lawmakers the power to strip womxn of the right to make decisions about their bodies and their healthcare. If the decision becomes final, anti-abortion laws will go into effect almost immediately in 13 states.

But again, her own message did not use the word “womxn” :

If any of you are questioning whether or not your vote matters, I get it. But remember that state lawmakers are the ones who will determine whether abortion is safe, legal, and accessible in your communities. And we are the ones who determine our state lawmakers.

In other words, Michelle Obama did not actually use the word that offended so many people, including Piers Morgan.

It was used in at least one slide that I can confirm, and another slide that I’m happy to assume existed earlier in her Instagram post, but might have been removed.

Not that there is anything wrong with the word, but it is wrong to falsely claim that Michelle Obama used it in her May 15, 2022 posts when she did not.

Fact #3 : Slides Were Created By NGO, Not Michelle Obama

It may seem obvious, but I have to say it for Piers’ benefit – the slides were created by an NGO called When We All Vote, not Michelle Obama.

If you look carefully at those slides, you can see the When We All Vote logo, with the orange check mark on the upper left corner (Instagram) or upper right corner (Twitter) of the slides.

Therefore, it would be incredibly disingenuous to credit Michelle Obama for the use of the word that Piers and anti-abortion activists find so offensive.

It’s also wrong to insert Michelle Obama’s name to the bottom of the slide (as Piers did on his show), when she was obviously not its creator.

Fact #4 : Womxn Is Not New…

The term “womxn” is not really new, having been used in writing together with the alternative version, womyn, since the 1970s!

Yes, before many of you were even born, some people had already felt that the term “woman” had sexist connotations, due to the inclusion of the word, “man”.

The term “womxn” started gaining traction in the 2010s, as a more inclusive alternative to the traditional term “woman” as it includes both trans and non-binary women.

It was even added to the dictionary in 2019 by Dictionary.com, which defined the womxn as :

a woman (used, especially in intersectional feminism, as an alternative spelling to avoid the suggestion of sexism perceived in the sequences m-a-n and m-e-n, and to be inclusive of trans and nonbinary women).

Fact #5 : Trans + Non-Binary Females Are Females Too

Trans and non-binary people who are born female do not magically lose their reproductive capabilities and/or rights.

Just because they have a different gender identity does not make their reproductive organs disappear into thin air.

They can still get pregnant, and they are most certainly affected by the potential overturning of Roe v. Wade in the United States.

Fact #6 : It Is Their Choice, Not Ours

It is also up to trans and non-binary females to determine if they want to be identified as womxn or not.

The womxn naming preference really has nothing to do with heterosexual people like Piers Morgan and me.

If women, including trans and non-binary females, prefer to be called womxn or even womyn, that is their right.

Don’t worry if you still wish to be referred to as a woman. It is up to YOU to determine which term you prefer.

And if Piers Morgan wakes up one day and demands to be known as a mxn called Pierce Morgan, I would gladly call him that.

Anti-abortion activists are doing their best to promote this womxn hoohah to divert attention from the likely overturning of Roe v. Wade, and the bigger question of the right of womxn to make their own health and reproductive choices.

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The Famous Jesus Tree Of Lebanon Miracle Explained!

Take a look at the famous Jesus tree of Lebanon, and find out what’s the true story behind those viral photos!

 

Is The Famous Jesus Tree Of Lebanon A Real Miracle?

Pictures of the famous Jesus Tree – a tree that looks like Jesus crucified on a cross – are often shared on Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, emails and elsewhere online.

These pictures are often accompanied by prayers and claims that it’s a true Christian miracle.

It really looks like Jesus crucified on a cross, doesn’t it? It would be quite a miracle if a tree actually twisted itself to look like that.

Or is it just pareidolia – the perception of a familiar pattern or image, where none actually exists?

 

The Famous Jesus Tree Of Lebanon Really Exists!

For Christians who need vindication for their faith, we have good news and bad news.

The good news is the Jesus Tree exists. The bad news is it is neither natural, nor supernatural. It is certainly not miraculous.

The Jesus Tree is the artistic creation of Lebanese poet, painter and sculptor Rudy Rahmè, who carved it out of a dead cedar tree in the forest of the Cedars of God (Al Arz el Rab) in Northern Lebanon.

Here is the original picture taken by louppe1 in June 2007.

Credit : Louppe1, 6th June 2007

On the 24 July 2015, when a James Morales took this picture below, and made it viral on Facebook by calling it evidence of “the power of God’s goodness…” :

Credit : James Morales, 24th July 2015

The truth and the far more mundane fact is that it took Rudy Rahmè 5-6 years to carve that sculpture. Here is a closer look at the sculpture.

Credit : Maria, 24th March 2014

Rudy Rahmè did not just create that famous Jesus Tree. He also carved Jesus’ image into other cedar trees in the Cedars of God.

Credit : Commons.Wikimedia.org

Credit : Commons.Wikimedia.org

 

The Jesus Tree Was Created By Man, Not God

Instead of misleading other people into thinking that the Jesus Tree is a supernatural or miraculous creation, we should give the artist Rudy Rahmè props for turning these dead cedars into such incredible works of art.

He is the true miracle behind the Jesus trees of Lebanon!

 

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Fact Check : Gandhi vs. Professor Peters On Wisdom + Money

Take a look at the viral confrontation between Mahatma Gandhi and Professor Peters, and find out what really happened!

 

Viral Confrontation Between Gandhi And Professor Peters

This viral confrontation between Mahatma Gandhi and Professor Peters have gone viral for many years.

It’s very long, so feel free to skip to the next section for the facts…

Funny side of Mahatma Gandhi . 😃

When Mahatma Gandhi was studying law at the University College, London, a white professor, whose last name was Peters, disliked him intensely.

One day, Mr. Peters was having lunch at the dining room when Gandhi came along with his tray & sat next to the professor.

The professor said, “Mr Gandhi , you do not understand, a pig & a bird do not sit together to eat.”

 

Truth : Gandhi And Professor Peters Confrontation Did NOT Happen

As hilarious as the viral confrontation between Mahatma Gandhi and Professor Peters is, it never happened, and here are there reasons why…

Fact #1 : There Is No Record Of Such A Confrontation

Gandhi’s authoritative autobiography – The Story Of My Experiments With Truth, did not mention ANY confrontation with ANY of his lecturers.

He certainly did not mention any professor called Mr. Peters in his autobiography. Neither do the many biographies written about Gandhi.

If Gandhi himself did not mention this confrontation, and there is ZERO RECORD of such a confrontation, how did the writer know of this amazing story? Was he/she there over 130 years ago when it allegedly happened?

Fact #2 : There Is No Record Of Professor Peters

Mahatma Gandhi arrived in England to study at the University College London (UCL) in late October, 1888.

There is no record of a Professor Peters teaching law at the University College of London.

Swapnajit Mitra contacted UCL about this urban legend, and found out that there is no record of a Professor Peters back then.

Fact #3 : Those Are Pictures Of Gandhi With Lord Mountbatten

This viral story is sometimes shared with pictures of Gandhi sitting down with a white man, suggesting that he made up with Professor Peters.

The man in those pictures is actually Lord Louis Mountbatten – the last Viceroy of India.

They were taken in 1947, during their discussions about India’s transition from British rule to independence.

Fact #4 : Gandhi Likely Did Not Study Long At UCL

Paul Ayris, CEO of UCL Press and Chief Library Officer of UCL History, helped Swapnajit Mitra look into Gandhi’s history at UCL and found “very little evidence” remained :

  • His student record card: This records his name as “Mahatma Karamchand GANDHI,” later amended to “Mohandas.” Since Rabindranath Tagore called Gandhi “Mahatma” only in 1915, evidently, this card was not written at the time Gandhi was acutally in London. To seal this argument, two addresses are given on the card, for 1927 and 1939, well after Gandhi left London.
  • Two entries in the Professors’ Fees Book for 1888-1889: Here Gandhi is listed under Henry Morley for classes in English.
  • An entry in the calendar for 1889-90 (which lists the students for the previous year): This gives his name as “Gaudhi.”

Andrew Lewis pointed out in the Summer 2002 UCL Laws Newsletter that Gandhi’s name does not appear in any surviving class registers, and that the study of law at the university in the 1880s did little to advance a professional legal career in England.

Lewis concluded that Gandhi could well have arrived with the intention of studying for his degree at UCL, but left to study for the Bar at Gray’s Inn, (a place where prospective law practitioners used to go at that time) presumably once he realised this was where he needed to be in order to qualify.

Fact #5 : Gandhi Was Shy And Tongue-Tied

Despite being a great orator later in his life, Gandhi was shy and tongue-tied while studying in England.

In his autobiography, Gandhi stated that he “always felt tongue-tied” and “the presence of half a dozen of more people would strike [him] dumb.

He also stated that he retained “this shyness” throughout his entire stay in England.

A lecturer, Dr. Oldfield, once asked him, “You talk to me quite all right, but why is it that you never open your lips at a committee meeting?” even though he was elected to the Executive Committee of the Vegetarian Society.

Once, Gandhi was asked to speak on the merits of vegetarianism, and despite preparing a speech in writing, he could not even read it. In the end, someone else had to read the speech he wrote.

I had not the courage to speak and I therefore decided to set down my thoughts in writing. I went to the meeting with the document in my pocket.

So far as I recollect, I did not find myself equal to reading it, and the President had it read by someone else.

It is incredulous that someone as shy as Gandhi was at that time, would be capable of such brilliant repartee and sarcasm.

This is ultimately just an inspirational but FAKE STORY misappropriating a dead famous person’s name to make it go viral, while ensuring he is not around to dispute it.

It is good for a chuckle or two, but always with the understanding that this incident never happened, and is a complete lie.

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US Homeless Setting Up Tent + Robbing People In Subway?!

Are homeless people in the US setting up tents and robbing passengers on subway trains?!

Take a look at the viral video, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : US Homeless Are Setting Up Tent + Robbing People In Subway!

People are sharing a video of homeless people in the US setting up their tent in the middle of a subway train, and then a homeless man rob another subway passenger of his food.

It is being actively shared in pro-China groups, and by pro-China social media accounts, together with messages like these :

US homeless has moved into the subway. The US homeless has moved into the subway car, and is also robbing other passengers for food in the subway car. The US government should spend more time dealing with domestic problems, instead of going abroad to set fires everywhere. Really US have degenerated to such sad state very depressing 👇👇

PRC.Forces0 : #Homeless couple camp in #NYC subway, snatching food from other passengers.

Such shameful story in US.

 

Truth : US Homeless Are NOT Setting Up Tent + Robbing People In Subway!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created and/or propagated by the Chinese 50 Cent Army (wumao, 五毛), and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : It Was A Staged Prank Video

The video was a staged comedy prank by American comedians Esteban Hashtag Tino Romero, and Smiley Hundo.

The video was originally posted by Tino Romero on his @Pundamoniums Instagram account on 12 January 2022.

Smiley Hundo also posted it on YouTube as a short video on 2 March 2022, calling it Homeless Couple Takes Man Food On NYC Train.

Fact #2 : Tino Romero Is Famous For Prank Videos

Tino Romero is famous for participating in pranks and stunts in New York City.

In July 2021, one of his videos went viral, showing him taking a dump into a NYC sanitation worker’s mop bucket!

Of course, that video was also staged – the MTA worker was Morris Cornbread, another New York City-based comedian.

That same video was also used by the Chinese 50 Cent Army as “evidence” of how far American society has fallen. It was a kind of payback for videos of Chinese citizens pooping in public that went viral years earlier.

Fact #3 : New York City Subway Is Patrolled By NYPD

The video appears to spread quickly amongst people who have never been to the United States, and are therefore unaware that the New York City subway is patrolled by the New York City Police Department (NYPD).

NYPD officers patrol the stations, and ride the trains to help prevent crime. They also make sure homeless people do not stay in the subway stations, or sleep on the train.

Therefore, it is impossible for homeless people to actually set up a tent in the middle of a subway train. NYPD officers on patrol would certainly evict them from the train.

Fact #4 : Homelessness Is A Problem Globally

While the video was staged, it is true that homelessness is a problem in the United States, and in particular, New York City which boasts some of the most expensive real estate and rental rates in the world.

But this is not an exclusively American problem. Homelessness is a global problem, affecting many countries around the world – rich and poor alike.

Ignoring wars and conflicts that displace people, here is the top 6 list of countries with the most homeless people:

  • Nigeria : 1.66%
  • Honduras : 1.24%
  • Egypt : 1.20%
  • Pakistan : 0.94%
  • Zimbabwe : 0.85%
  • Philippines : 0.42%

Instead of mocking the homeless, perhaps we should be grateful that we have a home to live in. Many people around the world don’t.

 

Why Create Fake Stories About Homeless People In US?!

With China’s aggressive foreign stance in recent years, it is not uncommon to see such fake stories being created and shared by the Chinese 50 Cent Army, and pro-China netizens.

These fake stories are being created to drown out the negative coverage of China’s controversial Belt and Road Initiative, and its aggressive moves in the South China Sea.

The Wumao have also been actively creating fake stories to support Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Whatever the reasons may be, it is our duty as global citizens to stop the proliferation of such fake stories.

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Did Twitter Suspend Aaron Blunck For Praising China?!

Did Twitter suspend US Olympic skier Aaron Blunck for praising China?

Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what’s really going on!

 

Claim : Twitter Suspended Aaron Blunck For Praising China!

Chinese netizens and Sinophiles are outraged about the news that Twitter suspended US Olympics skier Aaron Blunck after he praised China for their “stellar job with the whole COVID protocol”.

It was first covered by South China Morning Post (SCMP), and here is an excerpt from their article :

Three-time Olympian Aaron Blunck said he was suspended from Twitter after he and his US ski teammates praised China for its “stellar” operations at the Olympic Village.

“They have honestly done a stellar job with the whole Covid protocol,” the 25-year-old told reporters in the press room, before criticising biased coverage of the Games. “I didn’t really know what to expect, being stateside you’ve kind of heard some pretty bad media, and that is completely false – it’s actually been phenomenal.”

The 25-year-old said his Twitter account was then suspended, as he resorted to Instagram to protest the social platform’s unexplained decision, reposting a fan’s comment that read: “Aaron Blunck [is] out here telling the truth and getting punished by his own government.”

Blunck further shared a commentator’s tweet accusing the US government of being behind his account being shut down: “Twitter has executed the order of the Western ruling cabals … Punishment comes pretty fast.” Blunck tagged Twitter and asked: “what’d I do?”

Immediately, Chinese netizens (or bots?) and Sinophiles leaped onto the bandwagon, accusing the United States of censoring Aaron Blunck :

“Washington reviews all posts made about China and Russia.. freedom of speech?

“Free speech in the United States has taken its knife to apolitical athletes. If China is good, ban it. If China is bad, give the green light. Shame!”

“US athlete Aaron Blunck praise the Beijing Olympics… saying it’s one of the best Olympics he’s been to. Everything negative you read in western media is fake news. His Twitter account was suspended immediate after. That’s fast!!”

“Team US athletes [sic] Aaron Blunck’s Twitter account got suspended after telling the truth about China at the press conference. Freedom of speech is dead in America!”

 

Truth : Twitter Did Not Suspend Aaron Blunck For Praising China!

This is so lame, I cannot believe I have to actually write about it, or that SCMP’s standards have dropped so low….

Fact #1 : Aaron Blunck’s Twitter Account Was Not Suspended For Long

I have no idea if the Account suspended screenshot is genuine, but assuming it was – the suspension didn’t last very long.

As early as 12:01 AM on 15 February 2022, Aaron Blunck’s Twitter account (@Aaron_Blunck) was active and not suspended, nor deleted.

In fact, his Twitter account gained about 600 new followers in the last day or so, up from 5,655 to over 6,200 after the story broke.

Fact #2 : Aaron Blunck Has Not Used Twitter Since July 2021

Aaron Blunck has not been active on Twitter, posting his last tweet on 3 July 2021.

He did not tweet anything during the 2022 Beijing Olympic Games, so why would Twitter suspend his account?

Is he suggesting that Twitter suspended his account for… not posting anything? Or that they saw his interview, and decided to punish him by suspending his inactive account?

Fact #3 : Aaron Blunck Was Suspended Earlier

According to the Wayback Machine archives, Aaron Blunck was suspended on Twitter earlier – approximately 5 September 2021 until 14 February 2022.

It is quite likely that his Twitter account was suspended back then, because it was hacked :

  • His Twitter account was also hacked back in 2012.
  • Before February 2018, he only tweeted about his snowboarding games.
  • From February 2018 until May 2021, he didn’t post anything.
  • But from May to June 2021, his account was spamming posts on bitcoin mining.

Obviously, the 2021-2022 suspension had nothing to do with the 2022 Beijing Olympics.

Fact #4 : Aaron Blunck Still Has Not Posted On Twitter

Even now that it is obvious to everyone (including himself) that his Twitter account is no longer suspended, Blunck has NOT posted anything, not even to address his earlier claim.

For someone who raged against Twitter on Instagram, it is peculiar how he continues NOT to post on Twitter, not even to castigate Twitter for his suspension.

Quite a few people have asked Blunck about his Twitter suspension, but he has also not responded.

Fact #5 : Aaron Blunck Press Conference Videos Are Still On Twitter

Despite claims of censorship, there are easily hundreds of posts and videos on the Aaron Blunck press conference on Twitter.

So it is obvious that Aaron Blunck’s temporary Twitter suspension had nothing to do with what he said at that press conference.

Unlike in China, where censors can and do wipe out all mention of “sensitive matters”, Twitter doesn’t seem at all bothered about what he said at that 2022 Beijing Olympics press conference.

Read more : Was CGTN caught faking the Peng Shuai email?

Fact #6 : There May Have Been A Glitch

According to a Twitter user @Grunge_Bob, he saw Aaron Blunck’s account go for suspended to reactivated with just 38 followers, before being restored to its proper condition “within minutes”.

There is no way to confirm if the temporary suspension was due to a glitch, but there is at least evidence of a glitch.

Fact #7 : Twitter Only Removes Content Based On Local Laws

Twitter can be compelled by individual countries to remove content that contravene local laws, but there is a due process, and the account holder is informed of the legal demand.

Twitter is also removing content that receive DMCA takedown requests by copyright owners… like the IOC and NBC, for example.

It is therefore absurd for anyone to claim that Aaron Blunck’s Twitter account was suspended by the United States government, without any evidence.

For all of its foibles, free speech is protected in the United States, by the First Amendment to the US Constitution.

 

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Fact Check : Did Meat Loaf Die From Booster Dose?!

Did American rock singer and actor Meat Loaf die from his COVID-19 vaccine booster dose?

Take a look at the viral claims, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : Meat Loaf Died From COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Dose!

Antivaxxers are claiming that American rock singer and actor Meat Loaf (born Marvin Lee Aday) died from his COVID-19 vaccine booster dose!

Rocker Meat Loaf dies aged 75… Another Booster Boy ???

So what was the date of Meatloaf’s booster shot? #Meatloaf

Bat Out Of Hell singer Meat Loaf dies aged 74 with wife by his side.

Recent #Booster by any chance?

#VaccineSideEffects #NoVaccineMandates

Meat Loaf, ‘Bat Out of Hell’ Singer and Prolific Actor, Dies at 74

Does anyone else feel too many people are dying all of a sudden? And maybe the vaccine & booster is why?

To make those claims more credible, they often include a link to an article about Meat Loaf’s death.

 

No Evidence Meat Loaf Died From COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Dose!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created by antivaxxers to scare people from protecting themselves with the COVID-19 vaccines.

The truth is – like Betty White and Bob Saget, there is NO EVIDENCE that Meat Loaf died from the COVID-19 booster dose, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : No Evidence Meat Loaf Died From COVID-19 Vaccine

While antivaxxers are claiming that Meat Loaf died from the COVID-19 vaccine, they offer absolutely NO EVIDENCE for their claim.

The articles they shared as “evidence” do not mention that Meat Loaf died from the COVID-19 vaccine, only that he died with his wife and two daughters by his side on Thursday, 20 January 2022.

They only added those article links to mislead you into thinking that they are evidence that he died from the COVID-19 vaccine.

After all, most people don’t bother to click on the links to actually read the articles. That’s the same reason some people believe that Bob Saget and Betty White died from the COVID-19 booster dose

Read more : Did Bob Saget Die From COVID-19 Booster Dose?

Fact #2 : Meat Loaf Was Against Vaccines + Face Masks

Ironically, these antivaxxers are not aware that Meat Loaf was apparently anti-vaccination himself! Or maybe they just didn’t care…

He was outspoken about his disdain for COVID-19 vaccines, and shared Stand & Deliver – the anti-lockdown song by Van Morrison and Eric Clapton.

He even called a flight attendant a “Nazi” for requiring him to wear a mask on a flight, and said, “If I die, I did, but I’m not going to be controlled.

Meat Loaf refused to disclose whether he was vaccinated or not, like Aaron Rodgers (initially).

On 7 January 2022, his daughter Pearl Aday posted on Instagram that a number of her “friends and family” tested positive for COVID-19 but they were “doing ok“.

She also said, “Thank their respect for science that they’re all vaxxed, otherwise they’d be way worse.

It is unknown if she was referring to her own father, but based on his rhetoric, it seems highly improbable that he would be fully-vaccinated, with a booster dose on top of that.

Fact #3 : Meat Loaf Died From COVID-19

According to TMZ, Meat Loaf cancelled a business dinner for a show he was working on – I’d Do Anything For Love, because he became seriously ill with COVID-19. His condition quickly became critical, and he died on 20 January 2022.

His official cause of death has yet to be announced, but all sources point so far to death from COVID-19, not a vaccine booster dose.

Fact #4 : Meat Loaf Died Quickly From COVID-19

The speed of how his COVID-19 infection progressed and turned critical suggests that he was not even vaccinated.

While vaccinated people can die from COVID-19, their risk of dying from COVID-19 is greatly reduced by the COVID-19 vaccine, and the booster dose.

As this chart shows, the vast majority of those who died from COVID-19 in the United States were unvaccinated.

Fact #5 : COVID-19 Booster Dose Proven Safe + Effective

The COVID-19 booster dose is nothing more than a third dose of existing COVID-19 vaccines – all of which have undergone not only massive clinical trials, but also post-approval monitoring.

They have been proven to be safe and effective time and time again, and the booster dose is no different.

If Meat Loaf actually received a booster dose, that would mean he was earlier fully-vaccinated with two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, and did not suffer any adverse effect.

Therefore, it is highly unlikely that he would suddenly suffer an adverse effect from a booster dose.

The facts currently show that Meat Loaf did not die from the COVID-19 vaccine booster dose.

Just look at how antivaxxers claimed that Betty White died from the booster dose, only for her death certificate to reveal that she died from a stroke!

Did they apologise? Correct themselves? Nope. They just moved on to the next celebrity death.

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Did COVID-19 Turn This Mom’s Breast Milk Green?!

Did a COVID-19 infection really turn one mother’s breast milk green?!

Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Did COVID-19 Turn This Mom’s Breast Milk Green?!

A mother of two, Ashmiry, just went viral after sharing a picture that showed how her breast milk turned green after she contracted COVID-19!

Her viral photo showed two pouches of her breast milk. The white one on the left was apparently expressed before she contracted COVID-19, and the green one of the right after she tested positive for COVID-19.

She originally posted this on Instagram almost a year ago, on 1 February 2021:

I needed a few days to let my brain understand what has been happening this past week. 3 out of 4 family members tested POSITIVE for COVID-19 in my home, Jesse, Rubi and myself. (Mia may have the antibodies, she has not had any symptoms and she tested NEGATIVE)..

I really wanted to share this photo of my breastmilk! It actually let me know something was going on in my body and my babies.

How amazing is breastmilk, it’s magical and I’m so thankful to be able to produce it especially now! The color change indicates that my body is making exactly what Rubi needs! Antibodies, extra fatty and just pure goodness 🥲🥺🙌🏻

However, her original post didn’t go viral until lactation consultant, Goldilacts, reposted it with this message:

OUR BREASTS ARE SUPER RESPONDERS 🏃🏽‍♀️

Connecting to our post from a few days ago regarding milk supply during COVID, there is also THIS magic 🪄

Check out GoldiLacts mama @ashmiry_ liquid GREEN gold when she and her breastfeeding baby tested positive for Covid 💚

When lactating, our bodies are always doing full body scans of mama and baby and figuring out exactly what to put in breastmilk for babies wellness. 😭😍

SO amazing!!!

 

Diet, Not COVID-19, Likely Turn This Mom’s Breast Milk Green

Ashmiry did not share much beyond what was in her post, so we don’t really know the circumstances behind those two breast milk pouches.

Let me share with you why it is far more likely that her diet, not COVID-19, turned her breast milk green… and some other breast milk facts!

Fact #1 : No Evidence COVID-19 Infection Changes Breast Milk Colour

There is currently no evidence that breast milk changes colour with COVID-19 infection.

In fact, other mothers in Goldilacts’ Instagram thread pointed out that their breast milk did not change in colour, even when they were infected :

dagirl2011 : I had covid last week as well and pumped but my milk was not green. I assumed it still had antibodies and my baby tested negative throughout. 2 out of 4 of us were positive in our house.

candicemconcepcion : hmm I’m Covid positive with a 2 week old and my breast milk has never looked like this.

wafasoultan_ : This is amazing! I tested positive for covid but my milk was never green

Other mothers also pointed out that their breast milk looked exactly like Ashimiry’s after they had green foods :

YL Grieves : My expressed breastmilk had a tinge of green like this when I have a green smoothie

heavensent706 : My milk turned that color when I ate green vegetables

It is highly likely that Ashmiry’s breast milk turned green because of her diet, not because she was infected with COVID-19.

Fact #2 : Breast Milk Colour Changes Over Time

Breast milk changes in colour and composition over time during the first few weeks :

  • Colostrum is the first breast milk a mother’s body makes. There is only a small amount, but it is thick and highly nutritious. It is often yellow or orange in colour from the high levels of beta-carotene.
  • After a few days, the amount of breast milk increases, as the mother begins to make transitional milk. During this two week period, the colour of the breast milk changes from yellow to white.
  • After the transitional milk period, the mother produces mature milk which itself changes in colour during each feed :
    – Foremilk : The first milk that flows out is thinner and lower in fat, and appears clear or bluish white.
    – Hindmilk : The fat content goes up as the milk flows, and eventually becomes a creamier milk called hindmilk which has a thicker white or yellowish cream colour.

Read more : Will COVID-19 Turn Breastmilk Yellow With Antibodies?

Foremilk (left) vs. Hindmilk (right)

Fact #3 : Breast Milk Colour Changes With Mother’s Diet

Breast milk is also known to change colour with the mother’s diet :

  • Green : If the mother eat lots of green foods (vegetables like spinach, kale or seaweed), or foods that contain green dyes (Gatorade), or certain herbs or vitamin supplements.
  • Pink / Orange / Red : If the mother eats foods that contain these colours naturally, or use food dyes. For example – beets, orange or red soda drinks, red Jell-O.
  • Yellow / Orange : If the mother has a diet rich in beta-carotene, like carrots, squash and sweet potatoes.

The Australian Breastfeeding Association also points out that mothers can get green breast milk after they eat green- or blue-coloured foods like green vegetables, kelp or some types of seaweed in tablet form, or concentrates of natural vitamins.

Fact #4 : Breast Milk Colour Changes With Mother’s Health

Breast milk can also change with the mother’s health :

  • Pink / Brown / Rust-coloured : If some blood from the mother’s breast leaks into the milk.
  • Pink / Red-tinged : If the mother has cracked nipples.
  • Black : If the mother is taking the antibiotic Minocycline

Fact #5 : Breast Milk Colour Changes When Frozen

When you freeze breast milk, it can appear more yellowish.

Credit : Verywell

Fact #6 : No Such Thing As Mother-Baby Body Scans

As much as I strongly support breastfeeding, I have to point out that there is no such thing as full body scans of mother and baby during lactation.

The mother’s breasts do not scan her baby for infections (like COVID-19), and create antibodies to put in breast milk.

If the mother is infected with COVID-19, any antibodies she produce goes into her breast milk. This occurs irrespective of whether the baby is infected as well, or not.

If the baby has COVID-19, the mother’s body cannot detect that, or produce antibodies to put into the breast milk.

Fact #7 : Consumed Antibodies Unlikely To Impart Protection

While a mother’s breast milk may contain antibodies against COVID-19, they impart little to no protection because the antibodies appear to be destroyed when digested by the infant.

If the antibodies cannot pass directly into the infant’s blood, they cannot confer any actual protection beyond temporarily protecting the oral cavity or GI tract during the feeding session.

A December 2021 LactMed summary of studies on the effect of COVID-19 vaccines on breast milk found that:

  • Both vaccinated mothers, and mothers who survived COVID-19, produced breast milk with neutralising antibodies against the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
  • Levels of antibodies in breast milk from vaccinated mothers were higher than those of mothers who survived COVID-19
  • The antibodies in the milk samples had neutralising activity against the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
  • However, none of the infants who were fed breast milk with these antibodies had any SARS-CoV-2 neutralising antibodies in their blood.

In other words, the mother’s milk may have neutralising antibodies against COVID-19, but they don’t actually get absorbed by the infant, so breast milk with COVID-19 antibodies do not confer any protection to the infant.

 

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Facebook, Instagram, Messenger + Workplace Down Again!

Just days after going down for SIX HOURS, Facebook, Instagram, Messenger and Workplace went down AGAIN!

Find out what happened!

 

Facebook, Instagram, Messenger + Workplace Down Again!

Just days after all of Facebook’s services went down for six hours, Facebook, Instagram, Messenger and Workplace went down AGAIN!

At around 3:22 AM on 9 October 2021, they went down again… with people reporting that they were unable to log into their accounts, or send messages.

Fortunately, this time it didn’t take down WhatsApp and it took their engineering team just under 2 hours to get those Facebook services restored.

 

Why Did Facebook, Instagram, Messenger + Workplace Go Down Again!

Again, Facebook blamed another faulty “configuration change” for this downtime, but did not announce any details on what actually happened.

But coming right after an extraordinarily long downtime just days earlier and public testimony by Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen, this new downtime may be shorter but is no less grievous.

It will feed growing opinion that Facebook has too much services under its control, and it’s dangerous and even folly to let a single company control so many social networks and communication services.

Regulators will no doubt be spurred by this new incident to look at breaking up Facebook.

EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager said that the major Facebook outage highlighted the danger of relying on just a few big players, underscoring “the need for more rivals”.

Even Russia jumped into the fray, stating that Russia was right to develop its own Internet platforms and social networks.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said that the recent 6-hour outage of Facebook services “answers the question of whether we need our own social networks and Internet platforms“.

We will be looking forward to Facebook Engineering’s explanation of what happened, and whether it involved cutting through doors to get to their servers…

Read more : Why Facebook, Messenger, WhatsApp, Instagram Went Down!

 

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Was Facebook Taken Down By 13 Year-Old Chinese Hacker?

Was Facebook taken down by a 13 year-old Chinese hacker?

Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : Facebook Was Taken Down By 13 Year-Old Chinese Hacker!

On 4 October 2021, Facebook and ALL of its messaging and social media platforms went down for about six hours, including Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram!

Several websites, as well as people on Twitter and Facebook started claiming that Facebook was taken down by a 13 year-old Chinese hacker called Sun Jisu / Sun Ji Su / Sun Jiso / Sun Ji Soo.

There are quite a number of these claims, so just SKIP to the next section for the facts!

International media claimed that “China” was behind the suspension of social media services in the world.

According to Reuters, a Chinese hacker named “Sun Jisu” is responsible for stopping the services of “Facebook”, “WhatsApp” and Instagram, and added that the Chinese hackers are only 13 years old.

The Chinese hacker “Sun Ji Su” has topped the famous search engines and Twitter platforms during the past minutes, after disabling WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook today 2021 in all countries of the world, amid questions among activists about the details of this information.

 

Truth : Facebook Was Not Taken Down By 13 Year-Old Chinese Hacker!

The story of a 13 year-old Chinese hacker taking down Facebook is just fake news created by fake news / clickbait websites to go viral and get money through ads.

Here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : International Media Did Not Blame China

On one blamed China for the bizarre 6-hour downtime of Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger.

The international media referred to cybersecurity specialists who pointed at DNS failure as the most likely cause, not a state actor like China.

Clickbait / fake news websites intentionally added that false claim to “trigger” Chinese netizens and Sinophiles to share their fake news.

Read more : US Refused WHO Investigation Of Fort Detrick For COVID-19?

Fact #2 : Reuters  + NYT Did Not Report On Any Chinese Hacker

Reuters did not report that a 13 year-old Chinese hacker called Sun Jisu was responsible for the bringing down Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger.

Neither did the New York Times write about a 13 year old hacker attacking Facebook.

These are complete lies that are easily verified with a quick check on the Reuters and New York Times websites.

Fact #3 : 13 Year-Old Sun Jisu / Sun Jiso Does Not Exist

There is no 13 year-old Chinese hacker called Sun Jisu / Sun Ji Su / Sun Ji So / Sun Ji Soo. He does NOT exist.

In addition, that is a Korean name, not Chinese – a mistake that a non-Asian person would make.

Fact #4 : That Was An Old Picture Of Wang Zhengyang

The fake news websites used a picture of Chinese hacking prodigy, Wang Zhengyang, speaking at the 2014 Chinese Internet Security Conference.

Wang Zhengyang was 13 year-old at that time, and would be 20 years old this year – 2021. Here are two more pictures of him speaking at that event.

Wang Zhengyang at 2014 Chinese Internet Security Conference

Fact #5 : Facebook Services Were Brought Down By Configuration Changes

Facebook services were not brought down by a hacker, but configuration changes their own engineering team initiated internally.

Facebook’s Vice-President of Infrastructure, Santosh Janardhan, confirmed that “configuration changes” on their “backbone routers” caused the 6-hour long failure.

Our engineering teams have learned that configuration changes on the backbone routers that coordinate network traffic between our data centers caused issues that interrupted this communication. This disruption to network traffic had a cascading effect on the way our data centers communicate, bringing our services to a halt.

Read more : Why Facebook, Messenger, WhatsApp, Instagram Went Down!

Fact #6 : Access Problems Were Caused By Same Servers

Facebook run their internal systems through the same servers, so they became inaccessible when those servers were taken offline.

This included security systems that controlled the fob door locks, with a New York Times reporter tweeting that Facebook staff were unable to gain access to an unspecified office using their keycards.

However, many Facebook staff are working from home due to COVID-19 precautions, so this was only a big problem for engineers trying to gain access to the Facebook data centre in Santa Clara, California.

At no time was this security issue caused by a hacker. It was due to the same servers that went offline.

Read more : Why Facebook, Messenger, WhatsApp, Instagram Went Down!

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Did 13 Yr Sun Jisu Hack Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram?

Did the 13 year-old Chinese hacker, Sun Jisu, hack Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram, causing them to fail for more than 6 hours?

Take a look at the new viral claim, and find out what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : 13 Year-Old Sun Jisu Hacked Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram!

On 4 October 2021, Facebook and ALL of its messaging and social media platforms went down for about six hours, including Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram!

Some websites and people on Twitter and Facebook started claiming that the failure was due to a 13 year-old Chinese hacker called Sun Jisu / Sun Ji Su / Sun Jiso / Sun Ji Soo.

There are quite a number of these claims, so just SKIP to the next section for the facts!

International media claimed that “China” was behind the suspension of social media services in the world.

According to Reuters, a Chinese hacker named “Sun Jisu” is responsible for stopping the services of “Facebook”, “WhatsApp” and Instagram, and added that the Chinese hackers are only 13 years old.

The Chinese hacker “Sun Ji Su” has topped the famous search engines and Twitter platforms during the past minutes, after disabling WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook today 2021 in all countries of the world, amid questions among activists about the details of this information.

 

Truth : Sun Jisu Doesn’t Exist, Did Not Hack Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram!

The truth is – this is just fake news created by fake news / clickbait websites to go viral and get money through ads.

Here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : International Media Did Not Blame China

No mainstream media blamed China for the bizarre 6-hour downtime of Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger.

Practically all of them referred to cybersecurity specialists who pointed at DNS failure as the most likely cause, not a state actor like China.

Clickbait / fake news websites intentionally added that false claim to “trigger” Chinese netizens and Sinophiles to share their fake news.

Read more : US Refused WHO Investigation Of Fort Detrick For COVID-19?

Fact #2 : Reuters  + NYT Did Not Report On Any Chinese Hacker

Reuters did not report that a 13 year-old Chinese hacker called Sun Jisu was responsible for the bringing down Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger.

Neither did the New York Times write about a 13 year old hacker attacking Facebook.

These are complete lies that are easily verified with a quick check on the Reuters and New York Times websites.

Fact #3 : 13 Year-Old Sun Jisu / Sun Ji Soo Does Not Exist

There is no 13 year-old Chinese hacker called Sun Jisu / Sun Ji Su / Sun Ji So / Sun Ji Soo. He does NOT exist.

In addition, Sun Jisu / Sun Ji Soo is a Korean name, not Chinese. This is a mistake that a non-Asian person would make.

Fact #4 : That Was An Old Picture Of Wang Zhengyang

The fake news websites used a picture of Chinese hacking prodigy, Wang Zhengyang, speaking at the 2014 Chinese Internet Security Conference.

Wang Zhengyang was 13 year-old at that time, and would be 20 years old this year – 2021. Here are two more pictures of him speaking at that event.

Wang Zhengyang at 2014 Chinese Internet Security Conference

Fact #5 : Facebook Services Were Brought Down By Configuration Changes

Facebook services were not brought down by a hacker, but configuration changes their own engineering team initiated internally.

Facebook’s Vice-President of Infrastructure, Santosh Janardhan, confirmed that “configuration changes” on their “backbone routers” caused the 6-hour long failure.

Our engineering teams have learned that configuration changes on the backbone routers that coordinate network traffic between our data centers caused issues that interrupted this communication. This disruption to network traffic had a cascading effect on the way our data centers communicate, bringing our services to a halt.

He also asserted that it was a faulty configuration change, and no user data was compromised.

Our services are now back online and we’re actively working to fully return them to regular operations. We want to make clear at this time we believe the root cause of this outage was a faulty configuration change. We also have no evidence that user data was compromised as a result of this downtime.

Read more : Why Facebook, Messenger, WhatsApp, Instagram Went Down!

Fact #6 : Access Problems Were Caused By Same Servers

Facebook run their internal systems through the same servers, so they became inaccessible when those servers were taken offline.

This included security systems that controlled the fob door locks, with a New York Times reporter tweeting that Facebook staff were unable to gain access to an unspecified office using their keycards.

However, many Facebook staff are working from home due to COVID-19 precautions, so this was only a big problem for engineers trying to gain access to the Facebook data centre in Santa Clara, California.

At no time was this security issue caused by a hacker. It was due to the same servers that went offline.

Read more : Why Facebook, Messenger, WhatsApp, Instagram Went Down!

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Why Facebook, Messenger, WhatsApp, Instagram Went Down!

Facebook and ALL of its messaging and social media platforms went down for about six hours, including Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram!

Find out why they all went down at the same time, and for so long!

 

Facebook, Messenger, WhatsApp, Instagram + More DOWN!

The entire slew of messaging and social media platforms owned by Facebook was inaccessible for about six hours, including :

  • Facebook
  • Facebook Messenger
  • WhatsApp
  • Instagram
  • Oculus
  • Workplace

The failure also extended to Facebook authentication, which you may be using to log into third-party apps and games, with Pokemon Go and Match Master gamers have reported problems logging in.

This left Twitter as the only major social media network still up and running, which is ironic since it became the only way for Facebook to reach out to the world…

This massive outage couldn’t come at a worse time for Facebook, whose stock slumped about 5.5% after former employee and whistleblower, Frances Haugen, leaked internal documents to the Wall Street Journal.

She also accused her former firm of repeatedly and knowingly allowing the proliferation of hate speech and misinformation for profit. Really tough times for Team Zuckerberg indeed…

Even Edward Snowden chimed in, saying that the world has become a healthier place for one shining day…

 

Why Did Facebook, Messenger, WhatsApp, Instagram, etc. Go DOWN?

This massive, unprecedented GLOBAL outage appears to be caused by a DNS (Domain Name Server) failure.

The DNS service “translates” the plaintext link we use (www.facebook.com for example) into its actual numerical IP address (123.123.123.123 for example), allowing your app or browser to connect to the right server.

Without a working DNS service, no one is able to connect to any Facebook-owned service because the Internet no longer knows how to locate the right server.

CloudFlare senior vice-president Dane Knecht shared that the Facebook BGP (Border Gateway Protocol) routes have been “withdrawn from the Internet”, causing failure to connect through CloudFlare’s DNS service.

This was likely due to a configuration error on Facebook’s side, but coming one day after the story broke on Frances Haugen? It would be folly to rule out internal sabotage or a rush to remove some controversial features before she testified to the US Congress.

The conspiracy theory that it was a DDOS (Distributed Denial-of-Service) attack by Anonymous or some vigilante group is really farfetched. It would require an incredible amount of resources and coordination to not only bring down Facebook, but all the other services as well… at the same time!

Read more : Did 13 Year Old Sun Jisu Hack Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram?

Facebook’s Vice-President of Infrastructure, Santosh Janardhan, later confirmed that “configuration changes” on their “backbone routers” caused the 6-hour long failure.

Our engineering teams have learned that configuration changes on the backbone routers that coordinate network traffic between our data centers caused issues that interrupted this communication. This disruption to network traffic had a cascading effect on the way our data centers communicate, bringing our services to a halt.

He also asserted that it was a faulty configuration change, and no user data was compromised.

Our services are now back online and we’re actively working to fully return them to regular operations. We want to make clear at this time we believe the root cause of this outage was a faulty configuration change. We also have no evidence that user data was compromised as a result of this downtime.

While he blamed “the underlying cause” for impacting their ability. to “quickly diagnose and resolve the problem”, it is notable that it took Facebook engineering teams more than 6 hours to resolve a DNS failure.

It is now believed that the changes were made to Facebook’s Border Gateway Protocol, a mechanism that exchanges routing information to help figure out the fastest route for any request.

Apparently, the changes “withdrew” Facebook services from the DNS system, making it impossible for anyone to connect to them.

Even worse, Facebook ran their own systems through the same servers, so everything from engineering tool, messaging services and even security systems that controlled the key fob locks were no longer accessible.

So their engineering team had to rush to their data centres to manually reset the servers there.

Needless to say, this will be a big wake-up call for their engineering teams, and in the words of Russell Peters – “Somebody’s gonna get a hurt real bad!

It is also a big wake-up call for everyone using Facebook services. This massive outage is a reminder that we should NOT put all our eggs in one basket.

I believe it will at least temporarily spur the adoption of alternative messaging services like Telegram and Signal. Even Twitter should see a nice boost in Tweets and maybe new users.

Now, I’m not into conspiracy theories… but what are the odds of this failure happening just one day after Frances Haugen came out publicly against Facebook, and a day before she was set to testify before the US Congress?

Could these “configuration changes” be designed to remove some controversial features before Haugen’s testimony to the US Congress?

Could Facebook’s own engineering team have accidentally triggered the failure in their rush to remove those controversial features before she testified?

 

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Did Germany Put All COVID-19 Vaccines On Hold?

Did Germany just put all COVID-19 vaccines on hold, because they are dangerous and no longer recommended?

Take a look at the new viral claim, and find out what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : Germany Just Put All COVID-19 Vaccines On Hold!

This message has been circulating on WhatsApp, claiming that Germany just put all COVID-19 vaccines on hold b because they are dangerous and no longer recommended.

BREAKING NEWS!!
🔥
GERMANY HALTS ALL C19 VACCINES, SAYS THEY ARE UNSAFE AND NO LONGER RECOMMENDED!!

There has been a 2 week pause so they can reflect on the damages being caused to their people, NO ONE CAN GET IT and the vaxxine license has been put on pause!!

GO GERMANY!! 🇩🇪

The message includes a link to a video of Stephan Kohn (Director of RKI), which claims :

⁣BREAKING
GERMANY HALTS ALL C19 VACCINES, SAYS THEY ARE UNSAFE AND NO LONGER RECOMMENDED!!

There has been a 2 week pause so they can reflect on the damages being caused to their people, NO ONE CAN GET IT and the vaxxine license has been put on pause!!

GO GERMANY!! 🇩🇪 – But the chessboards still at play… Germany has been rioting ALLOT PAST FEW MONTHS THIS WILL TAKE THE PRESSURE OFF UNTIL MORE ENFORCEMENTS COME.. To then put mandatory vaccines in place – WAKE UP

 

Truth : Germany Did NOT Put COVID-19 Vaccines On Hold!

Both the message and the video have gone viral on social media, and even WhatsApp and Telegram groups.

However, the truth is – Germany did NOT put COVID-19 vaccines on hold because they are dangerous or no longer recommended.

This is just a new example of COVID-19 fake news, and here are the FACTS…

Fact #1 : Germany Did Not Put COVID-19 Vaccines On Hold

The German government did not put COVID-19 vaccines on hold. Germany continues to administer COVID-19 vaccines.

In fact, Germany just achieved a new milestone – administering over 100 million doses, which Jens Spahn, the German Federal Minister of Health, announced on 25 August 2021 :

Another milestone : More than 100 million corona-vaccinations in 🇩🇪 in 6 months, that is one of the largest logistical achievements in our country’s history. This means that 64.4% (53.3 million) have been vaccinated at least once. 59.4% (49.4 million) have full protection. Thanks to everyone who helped!

I should point out that he announced this 3 days AFTER the Stephan Kohn video was released on Instagram.

So there is no doubt – Germany has not stopped vaccinating its citizens.

Fact #2 : Stephan Kohn Is Not Interim President Of Koch Institute

In this video, Stephan Kohn said that he was appointed as the Interim President of the Robert Koch Institute. That is not true.

Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. Lothar H. Wieler remains President of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), since he was appointed in 2015.

Fact #3 : Stephan Kohn Was Civil Servant In German Interior Ministry

Stephan Kohn was a senior civil servant in the KM4 section of the German Ministry of the Interior.

He came to prominence in May 2020, after penning an 86-page paper critical of Germany’s anti-pandemic measures.

After it was “leaked”, Stephan Kohn was suspended from his position. It is unknown if he remains in the German Ministry of the Interior.

Fact #4 : Video Is Not Real, Just Theatrics

The video was posted to the BasisCamp.live Instagram account on 22 August 2021, but it was not a genuine news broadcast.

It was theatrics – a “simulation” video created as part of the multi-day BasisCamp.live online event called “A Global Pandemic Exit Exercise“.

In that simulation, BasisCamp participants play-acted what they “would do” if they take over the German government. It’s even stated in the Instagram post (which I highlighted below) :

Breaking: New government changes course radically!

Stephan Kohn, the new RKI boss *, announces a moratorium against the vaccination and I states that there is no longer an epidemic situation. The vaccination should be suspended. Not possible? No, say experts from #science and #economy.

In the simulation game #BasisCamp, members of the #Corona Committee around lawyer Dr. Reiner #Fuellmich with scientists and members of the party #dieBasis for an alternative corona policy.

Here is my copy of the simulation video, featuring Stephan Kohn as the fake RKI Director (Robert Koch Institute President).

Fact #5 : die Basis Is A New German Political Party

die Basis – the informal name for Basisdemokratische Partei Deutschland (Basic Democratic Party of Germany) – is a new fringe German political party.

It features people like lawyer Reiner Fuellmich, conspiracy theorist Dr. Sucharit Bhakdi, and naturopath Diana Osterhage, and of course, Stephan Kohn.

Established in June 2020 as an anti-lockdown, anti-vaccination party, die Basis only gained prominence after German actor Volker Bruch join the party.

Even so, it only has about 22,800 members (as of July 2021) and only one district seat. So it is simply impossible for die Basis to take over the German government.

Fact #6 : COVID-19 Vaccines Are Safe + Effective

More than 5 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines have already been administered worldwide, as of 26 August 2021.

They have all been proven to be safe and effective in preventing hospitalisations and deaths in COVID-19 patients.

In countries where vaccination rates are high, hospitalisations and mortality rates have fallen even if the number of new cases has increased.

However, we are nowhere close to achieving herd immunity globally. Even the Germans have only fully-vaccinated less than 60% of their adult population.

So please stop believing in such fake news. Get vaccinated ASAP to protect yourself and your family against COVID-19!

And SHARE this article to WARN your family and friends, so they won’t get fooled too!

 

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“You Wanna Kena Whacked?” Maskless Bully To Be Charged!

The maskless bully who threatened to “whack” people who asked him to put on a face mask will be charged in court!

Take a look at the two viral videos, and find out why this Covidiot will soon be charged in court!

 

Maskless Bully : “You Wanna Kena Whacked?”

In this viral video, a maskless bully wanted to buy food at this roadside stall, but became aggressive when confronted for not wearing his face mask.

He started cursing and threatening not just the stall owners, but also another customer in the video, “You wanna kena whacked?

The video naturally went viral on social media, and netizens soon identified him as Shyamalan Jaganathan, a 33-year old licensing consultant who once worked for the Echez Group.

Echez Group has since announced that Shyamalan has not worked with them since 2018, stating :

We want to express to you that this person does not work with us since 2018 and does not represent the values and principles of our company.

We have already taken the necessary measures so that he can no longer use our name in social networks.

Echez Group respects and promotes among its employees, collaborators, and associates the application of the Biosafety protocols required in each geography where we have presence.

When his MyKad and His LinkedIn profile became public, Shyamalan quickly deleted his LinkedIn account.

Unfortunately, that didn’t stop netizens from coming across and sharing a video of a previous encounter in which he was abusive to another gym user.

 

“You Wanna Kena Whacked” Maskless Bully To Be Charged!

The incident happened at Jalan Desa Bakti in Kuala Lumpur, at around 10:30 AM on 19 July 2021.

The stall owner’s daughter lodged a police report against Shyamalan a few hours after the incident.

The Brickfields police announced that they were investigating the matter under :

  • Section 506 of the Penal Code for criminal intimidation
  • Regulation 17(1) of the Prevent and Control of Infectious Disease Regulations 2021 for breaking the Phase 1 SOP (not wearing a face mask)

On 20 July 2021, Deputy Brickfields OCPD Superintendent Basri Sagoni confirmed that they arrested Shyamalan near his house in Taman Desa Bakti at 8 PM last night.

On 21 July 2021, Brickfields District Police Chief Assistant Commissioner Anuar Omar said that the police obtained a one-day remand extension, and he will be charged tomorrow (22 July 2021) for criminal intimidation and not following the COVID-19 SOP.

He could receive up to two years of prison and/or a fine for criminal intimidation, as well as a compound for violating the SOP.

 

Maskless Bully : Why He’s A Danger To Society

Shyalaman is just one of the few but very vocal people who refuse to abide by COVID-19 precautions, in particular – wearing a face mask in public.

If he has COVID-19, he can easily spread it to other people simply by standing next to them. When he walked up to the man in the video, he was more than just physically threatening the other customer.

This is a real concern as the Delta variant of COVID-19 is capable of infecting people in 5 to 15 seconds, if you do not wear a face mask.

That is why it is critical that everyone must wear a face mask in public, preferably double-masked, and put on a face shield or some kind of eyewear if possible.

You should maintain a physical distance of 2-3 metres from other people if you can. Please don’t be a Covidiot like Shyamalan.

And definitely GET VACCINATED against COVID-19.

Read more : Delta Variant Can Infect In Seconds : How To Prevent That?

 

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Can COVID-19 Patients Request For Ivermectin In Malaysia?

Is it true that COVID-19 patients in Malaysia can now request to be treated with ivermectin in hospitals?

Find out what’s the new ivermectin claim, and what the FACTS really are!

 

Why People Think You Can Request For Ivermectin In Malaysia?

Recently, people discovered that the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) allows off-label use of ivermectin in hospitals.

The ability of hospitals to apply for off-label use of medicine, not just ivermectin, has always been there. People just did not know that.

Unfortunately, this led people to falsely claim that COVID-19 patients in Malaysia can now request to be treated with ivermectin.

Here are some examples (with our English translation) :

The Ministry of Health is allowing hospitals to use ivermectin “off-label”, meaning for purposes beyond what has been decreed. This is a huge step forward. Those patients who want ivermectin can ask for it.

MOH now allows special off label use for patients who are interested in using ivermectin.

For now, this is only for hospital patients and patients who #request, not for general treatment and home quarantine.

This requires the consent of both parties.

Those in the hospital, don’t be shy to ask. I hope supply is enough.

KKM benarkan off label use khas untuk pesakit yg berminat untuk guna IVRMCTN.

Buat masa sekarang, ini hanya untuk pesakit hospital dan pesakit yang #request sahaja bukan rawatan umum dan quarantine rumah.

Hendaklan dapatkan persetujuan kedua-dua pihak.

Yg di hospital tu jangan malu-malu minta. I hope supply is enough.

 

COVID-19 Patients Cannot Request For Ivermectin In Malaysia!

Those viral messages are all FALSE!

COVID-19 patients in Malaysia cannot request to be treated with ivermectin in hospitals.

On 10 July 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of Health denounced those viral messages as FALSE. Here is our English translation :

The content of the viral post is found to be false.

For your information, the off-label use of ivermectin for COVID-19 treatment in Malaysia is only for clinical studies. Not at the request of patients in the hospital.

Tular mengenai posting seperti berikut. Isi kandungan posting tersebut didapati palsu.

Untuk makluman, penggunaan ivermectin secara off-label untuk rawatan COVID-19 di Malaysia pada masa ini adalah dalam kajian klinikal sahaja. Bukan atas permintaan pesakit di hospital.

Currently, COVID-19 patients with mild or moderate symptoms (Stage 2-3) are being enrolled in the Ivermectin Treatment Efficacy in COVID-19 High-Risk Patients (I-TECH) trial that is being conducted by the Institute for Clinical Research (ICR).

We should point out that ivermectin is not approved for human use in Malaysia, and that the illegal sale of ivermectin is subject to a massive fine of up to RM 50,000, and/or up to 5 years of jail.

 

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Facebook Rolls Out Click To WhatsApp Ads!

You may not have noticed this, but Facebook has started rolling out Click to WhatsApp ads!

Find out what this means for business and customers on Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp!

 

Facebook Rolls Out Click To WhatsApp Ads!

WhatsApp founders may have promised not to monetise their platform by selling ads, but that was nine years ago, and before they sold out to Facebook in 2014.

At that time, Jan Koum promised that WhatsApp wouldn’t collect and share data of its users. That changed in 2016 and 2021.

So it seems inevitable that Facebook will eventually introduce ads in WhatsApp. They even accidentally let it slip (see below).

But for now, you can rest easy. They are only introducing Click to WhatsApp ads on Facebook and Instagram at the moment…

Originally kicking off in 2017, Facebook has started pushing Click to WhatsApp ads in Asia. Page owners may be surprised by reminders to connect their pages to WhatsApp.

Ignoring this reminder will invite the warning that you cannot run WhatsApp ads, or add a WhatsApp button to your Page.

We are not sure if that’s a Freudian slip, but Facebook actually mentioned WhatsApp ads. LOL!

 

Click To WhatsApp Ads : What Are They?

These are regular Facebook and Instagram ads, with the additional Send Message button.

Clicking on that button will open a conversation thread in WhatsApp with the Facebook / Instagram business owners (using the WhatsApp Business app).

This allows you to interact directly with the business, like you would using Facebook Messenger.

This makes it easier for businesses to reach the 1.5 billion WhatsApp users around the world, who will like how much easier it is to directly message them using WhatsApp.

On the other hand, it is likely to make it easier for scammers who are already leveraging Facebook ads to cheat people.

 

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Did Larry King Die From COVID-19 After Surviving Cancer?

Did Larry King die from COVID-19 after surviving TWO cancers, heart surgery, and SEVEN WIVES?

Find out what the viral news about Larry King’s death, and what the FACTS really are!

 

Did Larry King Die From COVID-19 After Surviving Cancer?

This is the advice that has been circulating on Instagram and WhatsApp about Larry King dying from COVID-19 :

Larry King was diabetic

He survived 2 cancers : lung and prostate

He survived quintuple bypass heart surgery

He survived at least two cardiac arrest

He survived SEVEN WIVES

Then Covid happened…

WEAR YOUR DAMN MASK

 

No, Larry King Did NOT Die From COVID-19

As much as we admire the effectiveness of the message in reminding people to wear a face mask to protect themselves against COVID-19, Larry King did not die from COVID-19.

That said, please WEAR A FACE MASK, distance yourself from other people in public, and practice good hand hygiene, to protect yourself against COVID-19!

Here are the facts about what Larry King went through in life, and his death.

Fact #1 : Larry King Had Lung + Prostate Cancers

In 1999, Larry King was diagnosed with prostate cancer, and was successfully treated for it.

Then in 2017, he had surgery to remove a lump in his lung, that turned out to be malignant.

Fact #2 : Larry King Had One Known Heart Attack

Larry King had a heart attack in 1987, which led to a quintuple heart-bypass surgery.

This was followed by an angioplasty in 1997 for a clogged heart vessel. Ten years later, he had angioplasty and stents inserted.

Fact #3 : Larry King Survived A Stroke

In March 2019, he suffered a stroke and was in coma for weeks. He survived that, but lost some function in his left foot.

Fact #4 : Larry King Had 7 Wives In 8 Marriages

Larry King was actually married eight times, to seven different women.

  • Freda Miller in 1952
  • Annette Kaye in 1961
  • Alene Akins in 1961
  • Mickey Sutphin in 1964
  • Alene Akins (again) in 1968
  • Sharon Lepore in 1976
  • Julie Alexander in 1989
  • Shawn Southwick in 1997

Fact #5 : Larry King Had COVID-19 But Died Of Sepsis

Larry King was hospitalised for COVID-19 in December 2020, and died on 23 January 2021.

However, his ex-wife Shawn Southwick (whom he divorced in 2019) said that he recovered from COVID-19, but died of sepsis as a complication.

It can be argued though that if he didn’t contract COVID-19, he wouldn’t have suffered from sepsis during his recovery…

 

COVID-19 : How To Keep Safe!

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Antivaxxers Keep Creating Fake Tiffany Dover Death Claims!

Antivaxxers are still creating and spreading fake death claims about Tiffany Dover, while hounding her family and her!

Find out what’s going on, and what YOU can do to help Tiffany Dover and her family!

 

Tiffany Dover : Who Is She? What’s Going On?

Here’s a quick primer for those who have not heard of Tiffany Dover, or what has energised anti-vaccination groups recently.

On 17 December 2020, Tiffany Dover fainted on live TV after getting her Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, due to vasovagal syncope – a very common condition.

She recovered within minutes, and explained that it wasn’t a surprise because she often faints when she feels pain.

However, antivaxxers pounced on the incident as evidence that the Pfizer BNT162b2 vaccine is dangerous, sharing edited versions of the video to sow fear, doubt and uncertainty about the vaccine.

 

Antivaxxers Keep Creating Fake Tiffany Dover Death Claims!

After her fainting episode was explained and the full video was shared, antivaxxers had to switch gears.

They decided to claim that Tiffany Dover later DIED, after recovering from her fainting spell.

Here are three examples…

Joe Leonard

It looks like rumors of Tiffany Dover’s death are TRUE and it is being covered up.

No activity since her highly publicized public vaccination despite regular use of Instagram. No replies to dozens of questions. Family set their profiles to private.

RIP

Kitty Lynn

OMFG! FAINTING NURSE DIED
Tiffany Dover IS DEAD

I saw that fainting nurse died, so I checked it out!
This death record has to be her! Same town, age, and most importantly, the family listed all show up as her friends on fb!

Shannon Haas

BREAKING There is reports Tiffany Dover is dead. She is the nurse who collapsed on live television when being interviewed about the vaccine. We can’t confirm it, we are trying to collect as much intel as possible.
INTEL WE KNOW
– She is from Tennessee
– She collapsed 15+ minutes after taking the Pfizer vaccine on live television
– Her Instagram account is tiffany_dover_ and she hasn’t posted for 5 days, she generally posts every 2-3 days
– There is social media posts about her death from people who were allegedly connected to her or her family
– There is reports of death threats against her family for sharing the info
– There is reports of censorship
– The debunkers are saying it is all false but are providing very little evidence

Someone even created a fake Tiffany Dover memorial page on Instagram (now removed), saying :

She will always be remembered for her bravery. She was a wonderful nurse. #nurse #bravery #covid_19 #tiffanydover #inmemoryof #hospital #alwaysremember

It gained 1650 followers before Instagram finally shut it down. While it was up, antivaxxers used it to promote the claim that she truly did die after being vaccinated with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.

 

How To Help Tiffany Dover With These Fake Death Claims

Creating and sharing fake death claims about Tiffany Dover isn’t about “having an open mind” or “just investigating the truth” or “exploring the possibilities“.

This is literally cyberbullying!

And it doesn’t even stop with fake death claims. People are also hounding her family and friends, calling them fake or crisis actors.

Help stop this cyberbullying of Tiffany Dover, her family and her friends, by :

  • sharing such fact check articles, including this and this.
  • telling the truth to those who shared with you those fake claims
  • sharing the fact check links as comments on those fake social media posts
  • DO NOT SHARE those fake social media posts

 

Why Tiffany Dover Death Claims Are ALL FAKE!

Fact #1 : Tiffany Dover Is Alive And Well!

According to the NewsChannel 9 ABC crew who recorded the whole event on 17 December 2020, Tiffany Dover quickly recovered, and within minutes, was able to get up and speak with them again.

While antivaxxers are claiming that she subsequently died, those are complete lies. She did NOT die.

Her hospital – CHI Memorial – posted this tweet two days later, confirming that she is well, asking that people give her and her family privacy.

Fact #2 : Tiffany Dover Alive And Well On Video, 4 Days Later!

On 21 December 2020, CHI Memorial followed up with a short video showing that she is alive and well, surrounded by her colleagues.

To prove that it was not filmed before her vaccination and alleged “death”, they held up banners that said, “Nursing Leadership Vaccinated Together, #CHIMemorialStrong” and the date “12-21-20“.

Fact #3 : People Found The Wrong Death Record

Conspiracy theorists and antivaxxers are parading online search results showing her death record.

Many searched Tiffany Dover in the wrong state, because they thought she was a nurse in Alabama. Is it any wonder she got the wrong death record?

Some even assumed that SearchQuarry lists only dead people. It’s actually a search engine for public records in the United States.

With such amazing keyboard investigators, who needs the FBI?

Fact #4 : Tiffany Dover Is Not A Unique Name

As unique as Tiffany Dover surely is as a person, her name isn’t unique.

In the entire US, there are currently 47 Tiffany Dovers, with nine of them in Tennessee. And no, they are NOT CLONES, as some people are alleging.

And they do not include Tiffany Dovers who have actually passed away years or even decades ago.

Fact #5 : People Are Not Obligated To Be Active On Social Media

Skeptics like Shannon Haas claim that she must be dead because “she hasn’t posted for 5 days” even though “she generally posts every 2-3 days“.

First of all, NO ONE is obligated to post anything on social media, much less maintain their activity level.

Secondly, a lack of updates does NOT mean she is dead. Some of us actually have lives, like a real social life outside of social media?

Let’s not forget that she’s a nurse manager in CHI Memorial, which is not only actively treating COVID-19 patients, they are also working to administer the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

So is it really that surprising if she has been too busy to update your stalkers with her latest selfies?

But since you are so “concerned” about her well-being, here’s a photo of Tiffany Dover with her CHI Memorial colleagues on 21 December 2020 :

Fact #6 : Claims Of Reports Are Just Claims, Not Actual Evidence

People like Shannon Haas, Joe Leonard and Kitty Lynn are not true skeptics. They are just too damn lazy to go beyond making unverified claims on social media.

He claimed that there are “reports of death threats against her family for sharing the info” and “reports of censorship“.

But when a friend asked for links for those reports, he could only reply, “Not sure.” I kid you not.

Yet, he had no qualms claiming too that “debunkers are saying it is all false but are providing very little evidence“.

If you see claims like that, WITHOUT EVIDENCE, please treat it the same way you would if someone told you he/she can fly without wings.

With the utmost skepticism : Yeah, sure, bro… sure… preferably with a middle finger.

 

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Fact Check : Lincoln Memorial Defaced By BLM Protestors!

Did Black Lives Matter protestors deface the famous Abraham Lincoln statue at the Lincoln Memorial?

Find out if the Lincoln Memorial was really vandalised, and what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : Lincoln Memorial Defaced By BLM Protestors!

Black Lives Matter protestors are being accused of defacing the famous Abraham Lincoln statue at the Lincoln Memorial, and here is the picture to prove it!

This picture of the Abraham Lincoln statue spray painted with graffiti has been shared on Facebook, Twitter, etc. as evidence of the Black Lives Matter movement’s complete lack of respect for sacred American monuments.

The graffiti had messages like Black + Brown Lives Matter, #BLM, Justice, The Real Martyrs, George Floyd.

 

Lincoln Memorial Defaced By BLM Protestors : The Facts

Fact #1 : The Picture Is Fake

The picture is fake, and was edited by mapping graffiti over a picture of the Abraham Lincoln statue.

The creator did a poor job of it, lopping off the left side of the head. If that was intentionally meant to look like protestors did it, it was done badly.

The graffiti also looked odd, because he/she was mapping a 2D image over what’s really a 3D object.

Fact #2 : The Lincoln Memorial Was Protected By The National Guard

It would also be quite a feat for the BLM protestors to vandalise the Abraham Lincoln statue itself, since the DC National Guard was deployed to protect it.

Members of the D.C. National Guard stand on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial as demonstrators participate in a peaceful protest against police brutality and the death of George Floyd (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Fact #3 : An Outer Column Was Slightly Spray-Painted

One of the outer columns at the Lincoln Memorial had Yall Not Tired Yet? spray-painted in black on the night of 30 May 2020.

However, there is no way to know whether BLM protestors or anti-protestors was responsible. The message is ambiguous.

Photo Credit : Carolyn Kaster, early Sunday May 31, 2020

Further down, the National World War II Memorial was vandalised, this time with a clearer meaning – Do Black Vets Count?

Fact #4 : National Mall and Memorial Parks Confirmed The Limited Damage

National Mall and Memorial Parks confirmed both graffitis and cleaned them up by 4 June 2020.

Fact #5 : The Lincoln Memorial Had Been Vandalised In The Past

Frankly speaking, this isn’t the first time the Lincoln Memorial was vandalised or defaced. In fact, someone actually sprayed green paint on the Abraham Lincoln statue in 2013!

In 2017, explicit graffiti was spray-painted on an inner column in the Lincoln Memorial.

 

Disinformation Campaigns

This fake picture is part of a slew of similar fake news about the George Floyd / BLM protests in the US :

So beware of similar fake posts, because they appear to be part of disinformation campaigns.

 

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GrabPay Scam : Don’t Link Your Debit Card / Bank Account!

Beware of a new GrabPay scam that can quickly suck your debit cards and bank account dry!

Don’t link your debit card or bank account with GrabPay, and SHARE this warning with your family and friends!

 

GrabPay Scam Alert : Don’t Link Your Bank Account!

On 16 May 2020, Muhammad Syahir recounted how he was cheated of almost RM 900 through a GrayPay scam. Here is a brief summary of what happened :

  • The scammer created a new Instagram account, pretending to be the victim’s friend.
  • He messaged the victim asking for his phone number.
  • After receiving the victim’s phone number, he messaged him through Instagram to tell him about the GrabPay 8th Anniversary Campaign.
  • The victim was asked to look out for a GrabPay code, which would reveal what he won.

  • After sending the GrabPay code (not a TAC code) to the scammer, the victim saw RM 425 being debited into his GrabPay account. Unbeknownst to him, that money was from his own bank account!
  • A few minutes later, the victim received a notification that the RM 425 was paid to UNIPIN (M) SDN. BHD.
  • The scammer messaged him again on Instagram, asking for a second code that was sent to the victim.
  • The victim then received another notification from GrabPay stating that another RM 425 was paid to UNIPIN (M) SDN. BHD.
  • After that, the scammer blocked the victim on Instagram. That was when the victim got suspicious.
  • When the victim checked his bank account, he discovered that he lost RM 896.30 to the scammer.
  • In total, the scammer made 5 withdrawals through GrabPay – four from his debit card, and one from his bank account.

Another person – Patrick Saw – also fell for the same GrabPay scam, losing RM 405.

 

GrabPay Scam Alert : GrabPay Flaws?

Muhammad Syahir highlighted what he felt were major flaws with GrabPay :

  1. GrabPay allows credit / debit card transactions without CVV verification or OTP from the bank.
  2. GrabPay will not notify you about any first-time login attempt of a different gadget in a different location.
  3. GrabPay does not require users to set-up a secured PIN for any big transactions – e.g. more than RM100.
  4. If your bank account is linked to your GrabPay e-wallet, there won’t be any SMS notification for bank transfers to your e-wallet.

According to his experience, the scammer only needed to use the Grab Activation Code to withdraw money from all bank accounts / debit cards linked to your GrabPay app.

 

GrabPay Scam Alert : How To Avoid It?

To avoid falling prey to such a scam, here is what you should do :

  • NEVER accept a friendship request from a new social media account, until you have verified with your friend (through a phone call or face-to-face) that he/she created that new account.
  • NEVER send any code you receive to anyone. Even if it is a friend, why does he/she need the code that was sent to YOU?
  • Businesses will never give away free money for anniversaries. Don’t fall for such an old trick!
  • NEVER link your debit card or bank account to an e-wallet. Only link a credit card, because they are insured and protected against fraud. If you get scammed, you can call the bank to ask for a refund.

 

GrabPay Scam Alert : Original Post + Police Report

Here was what Muhammad Syahir posted earlier, together with his police report :

SCAM ALERT VIA GRAB PAY!
It happened to me last night and I have lost almost RM1K in a few minutes via Grab Pay.

The incident happened when one of my close friends re-created a new Instagram account and requested to follow me. He messaged me and asked for my phone number via Instagram message. Without any doubt, I gave him my phone number, knowing that he probably has lost my phone number.

He posted a few photos to his newly-created Instagram account so it does not look like a phishing account.

After that, he sent another message to me about GrabPay 8th year special campaign. He was telling me that I will send a message with a code to your phone and please let me know the code and I will see what you have won.

Grab Activation Code was sent to my phone number. It was an activation code not TAC code. I gave the activation code to him without any doubt because I know that he is my friend. Also, I was thinking of this is just an activation code, it has nothing to do with my bank accounts.

The tricks started here. I saw RM425 was debited to my GrabPay account and I did not know that it was from my bank account which was linked to the GrabPay account. After a few minutes, I received a new notification from the GrabPay that RM425 was paid to UNIPIN (M) SDN BHD.

The scammer then messaged me again on Instagram. Another activation code was sent to your phone, please let me know the code. Then, I have received another notification from GrabPay that another RM425 was paid to UNIPIN (M) SDN BHD.

When I was about to reply him a message, he blocked me up. That was the time that I know something fishy has happened. When I checked my Maybank2u, I have lost a total amount of RM896.30 from my bank account. The scammer has cleared all the money in my bank account and left RM60 balance to my GrabPay.

The scammer did a total of 5 transactions as you can see from my GrabPay activity picture below. 4 transactions were made directly via debit card which is linked to my GrabPay account and 1 transaction was made via Maybank2u. The scammer even managed to access my Maybank2u account from the GrabPay account.

It happened to me in a blink of an eye where you were blinded by this scammer who cat fished your close friend to do this scam.

On top of that, let me highlight the flaws of the GrabPay app:

1) Grab allows credit/debit card transaction without the bank’s authorization OTP and also the CVV verification.
2) Grab does not notify the user via email for any first-time login attempts of different gadgets in different location.
3) Upon registering this app for the past few years, Grab did not put a clause for the users to mandatorily set up their secured pin for any big transactions that are more than RM100.
4) Your bank account that is linked to your GrabPay will not notify you via sms for any debit transaction from the bank to the GrabPay.

*The scammer just need the Grab Activation Code and he can take all the money from your linked bank accounts on the Grab app. Such a flaw app!

Please be aware of this scam and help me to share this news. I have also tag a person who has faced the same case last week. You may also check on his Facebook profile. Patrick Saw has lost RM405 from the scammer who has approached him the same way as mine.

 

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Cyber Crime WhatsApp Warning Hoax Debunked!

The Cyber Crime hoax on WhatsApp is circulating, warning people that they are being monitored by the government.

Well, not to worry – unless you are living in China – this is yet another Internet hoax. Here is why we know that…

 

The Cyber Crime WhatsApp Warning Hoax

This is the Cyber Crime warning hoax that has been circulating on WhatsApp :

From tomorrow onwards there are new communication regulations.

All calls are recorded

All phone call recordings saved

WhatsApp is monitored

Twitter is monitored

Facebook is monitored

All social media and forums are monitored

Inform those who do not know.

Your devices are connected to ministry systems.

Take care not to send unnecessary messages

Inform your children, Relatives and friends about this to take care

​​Don’t forward any posts or videos etc., you receive regarding politics/present situation about Government/PM etc.​​

Police have put out a notification termed ..Cyber Crime … and action will be taken…just don’t delete …

Inform your friends & others too.

Writing or forwarding any msg on any political & religious debate is an offence now….arrest without warrant…

This is very serious, plz let it be known to all our groups and individual members as group admin can b in deep trouble.

Take care not to send unnecessary messages.
Inform everyone about this to take care.

Please share it; it’s very much true. Groups please be careful.

Note that it’s generic enough that it can apply to almost any government in the world.

 

The Cyber Crime WhatsApp Warning Hoax Debunked!

And here is why this is nothing more than yet another Internet hoax :

Only China Is Capable Of Doing This

The only country that has accomplished most of what was shared above is China, but it took them decades to erect the Great Firewall of China.

It’s not just the massive infrastructure that needs to be created, it also requires legislation to be enacted, and considerable manpower and resources to maintain such a system.

That’s why China is leaning heavily on AI and cloud computing capabilities to automatically and quickly censor information deemed “sensitive”.

However, no other country has come close to spending the money and resources on a similar scale, although Cuba, Vietnam, Zimbabwe and Belarus have imported some surveillance technology from China.

WhatsApp, Instagram + Facebook Messenger Have End-to-End Encryption

All three Facebook-owned apps are now running on the same common platform, which provides end-to-end encryption.

End-to-end encryption protects messages as they travel through the Internet, and specifically prevents anyone (bad guys or your friendly government censor) from snooping into your conversation.

That is also why all three are banned in China…

The Police Cannot Enact Laws

There are cybercrime laws in most, if not every, country in the world. But they are all enacted by legislative bodies of some sort, not the police.

The police is the executive arm in a country, empowered to enforce the law. They do not have the power to create a law, and then act on it.

Even The Government Has Debunked It!

Just in case you are still not convinced, even the Malaysian government issued a fact check on this hoax, debunking it as fake news :

Basically, it states “The Ministry of Home Affairs has NEVER recorded telephone calls or monitored social media in this country“.

 

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