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FactsMatterNG, 38 others get Google/YouTube grant from IFCN

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FactsMatterNG, a Nigerian digital-driven organisation that supports fact-checking amplification across social media platforms, is among the 39 organisations from 34 countries that receive a total sum of $975,000 from the Google and YouTube‘s Global Fact-Check Fund managed by the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN).

This was made known in a statement by the global fact-checking body on Thursday, June 20, 2024.

FactsMatterNG is an initiative aimed at promoting information integrity and public media literacy in Nigeria.

READ: IFCN awards $2 million to 20 groups to fight misinformation globally

Led by Hannah Ojo-Ajakaiye (ICFJ Knight Fellow), FactsMatterNG is one of the member-organisations of the Nigerian Fact-checkers Coalition (NFC) and also one of the two Nigerian organisations that got the grant award in the BUILD category this year. The second Nigerian awardee is News Verifier Africa (Media Inno Tech).

“We’ll use the grant to support our staffing and technical capacity. This would help sustain our work in the area of reaching critical audiences with media literacy and fact-checking content in easily digestible formats that resonates with the media consumption pattern of our target audience,” Ajakaiye told The FactCheckHub on Friday, June 21.

It will be recalled that the FactCheckHub and Dubawa were among the 35 organisations named in June 2023 as recipient of the Fund run by the IFCN at the non-profit Poynter Institute.

The fund, provided by Google and YouTube, is part of the BUILD phase of the Global Fact-Check Fund, aimed at enhancing the operational capacity of organizations to support fact-checking at local and regional levels across the world.

According to the statement, The Stage Media-Liberia (TSM-Liberia), an IFCN signatory from Liberia, intends to use its $25,000 grant to upgrade its tools and incorporate AI for fact-checking in the Pidgin language.

Similarly, Fast Check of Chile plans to use the $25,000 grant to strengthen its team and create a path to financial sustainability, which is a primary concern for 84% of IFCN signatories.

“As the first fact-checking institution in Liberia, receiving this grant from the IFCN will enhance our current capacity. Liberia, like many other countries, has a media sustainability issue that poses a lot of threat to independent media like TSM-Liberia.

“Our project of focus is how we can use pidgin language to increase the knowledge of fact-checking in a country where less than 50% of its citizens are literate. We hope that citizens understand through the pidgin language our fact-checking content to help Liberia be a safe-space for verifiable information,” said Bettie K. Johnson-Mbayo, TSM-Liberia Co-Founder.

Also speaking with The FactCheckHub on Friday, the Publisher of News Verifier Africa (NV-A), Zainab Sanni, said: “The IFCN grant is a most welcome development for my organization. We transitioned from an informal initiative to a formal organization in January 2024 and this grant will help in sustaining our operations while we expand and ensure that we are positioned to continue delivering on our mission to innovate new approaches for fact-checks to become more inclusive, engaging and accessible to the public.”

Commenting on the grant, IFCN director, Angie Holan, emphasized the urgency of accurate information during this crucial election year.

She noted that the funding will empower fact-checking organizations by enhancing their skills, increasing their capabilities, and broadening their reach.

“In this critical election year, the need for accurate information couldn’t be more urgent.

Angie Holan, IFCN Director.

“This vital funding will energize fact-checking organizations, sharpening their skills, amplifying their capabilities and expanding their reach. As we navigate the complexities of global voting, fact-checking fosters a culture of critical thinking that leads to a more informed electorate,” Holan said.

The grant recipients included 20 IFCN Code of Principles signatories and 19 non-signatories, who were endorsed by active signatories to qualify for the Fund.

A panel of media experts evaluated the proposals and selected the winners, who will have nine to 12 months to complete their projects.

READ: Global Fact-Check Fund: FactCheckHub, Dubawa, 33 others get Google/YouTube grant

Till date, the IFCN has distributed $4,850,000 of the $13.2 million fund provided by Google and YouTube to various fact-checking organisations globally since the first awards in June 2023. There are still five more phases of the Fund to go, the statement noted.

Here’s the full list of the BUILD 2024 grant winners:

Organization awarded and country

  1. ABS-CBN Fact Check, Philippines
  2. AkhbarMeter Media Observation, Egypt
  3. Asociación Ocote, Guatemala
  4. Balobaki Check, DR Congo
  5. Center for Media Research, Nepal
  6. Check Your Fact, United States
  7. Cotejo.info, Venezuela
  8. Cyberity, Indonesia
  9. deCheckers VZW, Belgium
  10. Deraya, West-Bank/Palestine
  11. Digital Forensics, Research and Analytics Center, India
  12. Dogrula.org, Turkey
  13. Fact Check Cyprus, Cyprus
  14. Factico, Spain
  15. Fakt Yoxla, Azerbaijan
  16. Fast Check CL, Chile
  17. FactsMatterNG, Nigeria
  18. Fundación Andina para la Observación y Estudio de Medios, FUNDAMEDIOS, Ecuador
  19. Greece Fact Check, Greece
  20. Gwara Media, Ukraine
  21. INDEX, France
  22. JomCheck Malaysia, Malaysia
  23. KIVU WEZA, DR Congo
  24. Lupa Media, Ecuador
  25. Medical Dialogues (C/o Minerva Medical Treatment Pvt Ltd), India
  26. Namibia Fact Check, Namibia
  27. News Detective, United States
  28. News Verifier Africa (Media Inno Tech), Nigeria
  29. Observador, Portugal
  30. Panos Institute Southern Africa, Zambia
  31. Parti Co-op, South Korea
  32. PressOnePH, Philippines
  33. Provereno Media, Estonia
  34. Snopes, United States
  35. Telugupost, India
  36. The Canadian Press, Canada
  37. The Stage Media-Liberia, Liberia
  38. Tirto.id, Indonesia
  39. VšĮ DigitalHub, Lithuania.

 

EDITOR’S NOTE:

*Comments from officials of The Stage Media-Liberia and News Verifier-Africa have been added to this report.

How true is the claim that democracy began from Igbo land

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AN X user, @igbohistofacts, has posted a video with a claim that democracy began globally from Igbo land.

The claimant attributed the claim to Bruce Delvalle, a U.S. attorney and General Counsel to the US-based National Press Club.

In the 74-second footage, Delvalle could be seen possibly speaking to an audience, as he faced the camera during the speech.

Part of the footage’s audio transcribed can be read below: 

This isn’t right, this is a great people,  this is a great nation, there was a country, something most people don’t know; there is a plausible argument that democracy first began in Igboland, the very first written constitution on this planet was written by the Igbo people, the very first democracy for self-governance that worked for everybody not just the great and wealthy but everybody was in Igboland. The very first democracy that permitted women leaders was in Igbo land. The west, we were still in the dark ages and yet the Igbo figured out a way to have a just and meaningful government, in a just and meaningful society.

The caption that accompanied the video post read:

“Democracy started in Igbo land. The very first written constitution on this planet was written by the Igbo people. And the very first democracy that permitted women leaders was in Igbo land. I’m proud to have worked with the Igbo people”. – Bruce Delvalle, American Lawyer.
The post has garnered over 150,000 views, more than 5,000 likes and over 3,000 reposts as of June 17, 2024.

CLAIM

Democracy began globally from Igbo land.

 

THE FINDINGS

Findings by The FactCheckHub show that the claim is FALSE!

A search conducted on the keywords ‘Bruce Delvalle Igbo Democracy’ displayed multiple platforms that published the claim same day. However, the earliest and a longer version of the video was posted on YouTube on February 17, 2020.

Bruce Delvalle, US lawyer.
Bruce Delvalle, US lawyer.

Recently on June 12, 2024, Nigeria celebrated 25 years of uninterrupted democracy which happened to be the same day the claim was posted by the X user and re-circulated by other social media users online.

Democracy, as a concept and practice, has a history that dates back to ancient times, with its origins rooted in Athens around the 5th century BCE which was often referred to as “Athenian democracy” where citizens participated directly in decision-making.

They gathered in assemblies to discuss and vote on laws and policies. The then key institutions included the Ekklesia (Assembly), Boule (Council of 500), and Dikasteria (courts).

Democracy was practiced in Greece before its spread later to Rome, England, United states and France.

The Igbo system of government before colonial rule was characterized by its decentralized and egalitarian nature, differing significantly from the centralized systems of other Nigerian ethnic groups.

The Igbo society did not have kings or paramount chiefs; instead, it operated through a fragmentary lineage system, where each village functioned as an autonomous unit.

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Each village was essentially a small, self-governing community. The village council, made up of elders and titled individuals, handled local administration. These councils performed legislative, executive, and judicial functions. Decisions were made collectively, often through consensus during village assemblies​. It also had key features like Age-Grade Societies Title Holders: Family and Kindred Structure which placed emphasis on seniority and high status.

 

THE VERDICT

The claim that democracy began globally from Igbo land is FALSE; democracy has its origins in ancient Greece.

67 per cent of top brands inadvertently advertise on misinformation websites – Study

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A study published in the journal, Nature, by researchers at Stanford and Carnegie Mellon has shown that most prominent brands are inadvertently funding online misinformation. 

The study published on June 5, 2024, provides a comprehensive analysis of how false information generates revenues from unknowing brands, how marketers underestimate how dominant the problem has become and how consumers think less of brands supporting misinformation.

According to the report, 74.5 per cent of websites identified as sources of misinformation (based on NewsGuard data) were financially sustained by advertising.

An average of 67 per cent (46 per cent to 82 per cent) of the 42,595 companies studied spanning a wide range of industries, including household products, technology, finance, health, and education, place ads on misinformation sites as per the study. 

The researchers examined the reasons behind the spread of online falsehoods. Based on their findings, they suggest interventions to reduce the financing of misinformation.

One of the issues the researchers addressed (out of three) is to evaluate the roles of advertising companies and digital ad platforms in monetizing misinformation. They built large-scale data sets, combining data on websites that publish misinformation with ad activity per website from 2019 to 2021. 

Their data set included nearly 5,000 websites (approximately 1,250 of which were misinformation websites) and more than 42,000 unique advertisers, with more than nine million instances of advertising companies appearing on news websites in the three years.

The study found that advertising on misinformation websites is pervasive for companies across several industries and amplified by digital ad platforms that use algorithms to distribute ads across the web. 

It revealed that companies advertising on misinformation websites can face substantial backlash from consumers as consumers switched away from companies whose ads appeared on misinformation outlets, reducing the demand for those firms’ products. 

The study also examines why misinformation continues to be monetized despite the potential for consumer backlash.

They surveyed corporate decision-makers to gauge what they know about misinformation online. While firm leaders said they believed most companies advertised on misinformation websites, they significantly underestimated their own company’s likelihood of doing so, the study found.

Video of soldiers in armoured tanks, heading out for operation is NOT recent

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AN X user, @ObiFran83678258, has posted a video on the social media platform with a claim that the Nigerian Army is heading out for an operation in Aba, Abia State.

In the 2-minute, 20 seconds footage, military armoured tanks and trucks were seen coming out of a building onto a tarred road. The vehicles seen in the video were eight in number, while a man with a northern accent could be heard speaking in the background.

The video post was captioned thus:

If your Brother is in Aba tell him to be careful Biafra liberation are waiting for them to arrive.

Part of the audio’s footage transcribed below read:

This is the coming out of special forces battalion moving for operation to Metele. May Almighty Allah protect you guys. this is the first [sic]. No lau lau! No lau lau!! [sic] this is yellow rocket, no lau lau! no lau lau!! this is the second [sic]. this is gallant TYC . This is Charlie Oscar, safe journey. No retreat, no going back, we are going there to finish them. No lau lau movement here. May almighty Allah protect you guys and bring you back…

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The post has since garnered over 34,000 views, 521 likes and 401 reposts as of June 14, 2024.

CLAIM

Video shows soldiers heading to Aba for operation.

 

THE FINDINGS

Findings by The FactCheckHub show that the claim is MISLEADING!

A close look at the video show that there is a TikTok watermark on the video indicating that the video was likely shared from a TikTok account. A search on the username led this fact-checker to the original version of the video posted on TikTok on May, 10 2024.
The video also had as keywords: ‘Nigerian army soldiers war 2018’.

The FactCheckHub observed that in the video, the person speaking in the background noted that the soldiers were going on a mission to Metele.

A Google search conducted on the keyword ‘Metele’ revealed that it is a village in Guzamala local government area of Borno state.

The search result also displayed multiple news reports from various credible local and international media platforms from 2018 which reported that over 70 soldiers where killed at a military base in Metele by Boko Haram insurgents.

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Although The FactCheckHub could not independently verify if the soldiers on the military operation were the same ones attacked but checks show that the video is not recent and it did not take place in Aba, as claimed by the X user.

 

THE VERDICT

The claim that the video shows soldiers heading to Aba for operation is MISLEADING; the video is NOT recent and shows soldiers going for operation in Borno State, not Aba.

Federal lawmaker makes false claim about Nigeria’s gold reserve

THE senator representing Kogi Central Senatorial District, Natasha Akpoti-Uduaghan, has claimed that the last time Nigeria bought a gold bar was in the 1960s.

Senator Natasha made the claim during an interview with Channel TV on Tuesday, April 11, 2024.

In the interview, she said:

“The idea to sponsor the gold bill came in February at the banking committee which I am a member of. We were screening the CBN monetary policy committee and there sat DG Sec which is Lamido Yuguda and I asked him a question: if you become a part of the CBN monetary policy committee, how do you intend to boost Nigeria’s gold reserve and do you mind letting us know exactly what the status of the gold reserve is in the country and his response shocked me as it did shock other members of the committee. He said indeed CBN do have a gold reserve but the last time CBN bought a gold bar was in the 1960s. 1960s was the last time Nigeria bought a gold bar.  That means the last time Nigeria’s Central Bank took stock of gold bars in its reserve was in the 1960s and that now made me to begin research.”

 

CLAIM 

The last time Nigeria bought a gold bar was in the 1960s.

 

THE FINDINGS

Findings by The FactCheckHub show that the claim is FALSE.

A gold bar, also known as gold bullion or a gold ingot, refers to a quantity of refined metallic gold that can be shaped in various forms, and produced under standardised conditions of manufacture, labelling, and record-keeping.

It is one of the oldest and most universally valued assets. Countries across the world and other important authorities hoarded gold as a way to maintain economic stability and power. Central banks across the world acquire gold to diversify their foreign exchange reserves and reduce their reliance on the U.S. dollar.

Contrary to Senator Natasha’s claim, findings by The FactCheckHub show that the Central Bank of Nigeria acquired a gold bar about 4 years ago.

In 2020, the apex bank announced the presentation of a dummy cheque of N268.6m for a 12.5kg London Bullion Market Association Gold by the former governor Godwin Emefiele to the Chief of Staff, Ibrahim Gambari.

The virtual launch of the Gold Purchase, under the Presidential Artisanal Gold Mining Initiative, took place before President Buhari at the Council Chambers, in the State House, Abuja.

The CBN, in a tweet, said it paid a total of N268.6million to purchase the gold bar, which now belongs to Nigeria’s external reserves.

The bank said it acquired the artisanally mined gold that was processed and refined, according to the London Bullion Market Association standards, required to use gold as a reserve instrument.

The development was part of the Presidential Artisanal Gold Mining Development Initiative, a comprehensive artisanal and small-scale gold mining development programme, launched in 2019.

The initiative aimed to enable the apex bank to purchase locally produced gold in Naira to boost the nation’s foreign reserves.

 

THE VERDICT 

The claim by Senator Natasha Akpoti-Uduaghan that the last time the CBN bought a gold bar was in the 1960s is FALSE; the apex bank acquired 12.5kg worth of gold for N268.6 million in 2020.

False claim about homeless people in Africa attributed to Seun Kuti circulates online

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A claim attributed to a Nigerian singer, Seun Kuti, regarding the total number of homeless people in Africa has surfaced on the X platform.

The claim was made in a post by @onejoblessboy on X who attributed the source of the claim to Seun Kuti. It was posted alongside a 3-minute, 21 seconds footage of the artist speaking.

Part of the audio footage transcribed below read:

…Even them wey get capital, capitalism is failing. America cannot provide public services. Go to America, go to somewhere like San Francisco. The amount of homeless people in San Francisco pass the amount of homeless people for the whole Africa, I no wan hear anything wey anybody wan talk. Bring the whole homeless people for Africa outside, lets count them and let’s go to San Francisco and count. Go L.A, New York…

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According to the video, Kuti was comparing the standard of living and homeless people in America to that of Africa while adding that no one could debunk his claim.

He stated further in the video that the crime rate in East London was worse than in Africa, citing examples of watches being snatched and the owners stabbed in the streets of East London while concluding  the video with a comparison of minimum wages in Nigeria and America.

The post had the caption:

The amount of homeless people in San Francisco pass the number of homeless people in the whole of Africa – Seun Kuti

Since the inception of the post on June 4, 2024, it has garnered over 600,000 views, more than 600 reposts, 368 comments and over 2,200 likes as of June 14, 2024.

 

CLAIM

The total number of homeless people in San Francisco is more than those in Africa.

 

THE FINDINGS

Checks by The FactCheckHub indicate that the claim is FALSE!

A data report on the City and County of San Francisco‘s website note that the 2024 Point-in-Time (PIT) Count conducted in January 2024 found that 2,912 people were found to be sleeping unsheltered on San Francisco’s streets, either in tents, structures, or on the street which is a 13% decrease from 2022 when the number was 3,347.

Screenshot of the claim extracted from X; Insert FALSE verdict
Screenshot of the claim extracted from X; Insert FALSE verdict

PIT Counts is the gathering of data on those residing in transitional housing and emergency shelters (also known as the sheltered count). PIT Counts additionally gather data regarding those who sleep in automobiles, on deserted homes, on the streets, or in other locations not intended for human habitation (the unsheltered count).

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A Business Insider report, citing World Population Review as its source ranked the top ten African countries with the highest homelessness rate with Nigeria topping the list at 24.4 million people and Burkina Faso with the least homelessness rate at 700,000 people. The total sum of homeless people across the countries listed in the report is 54.2 million.

 

THE VERDICT

The claim that the total number of homeless people in San Francisco is more than those in Africa is FALSE; the number of homeless people in San Francisco, according to the 2024 PIT count, is 2,912 while the total number of homeless people in Africa is  54.2 million, data from the World Population Review revealed.

No! Makinde is not the first governor to break second term jinx in Oyo State

An Arise TV journalist, Reuben Abati, has claimed that Seyi Makinde is ‘the only Governor to have broken the jinx of a second term in office in Oyo State.’

Abati made the claim in a backpage article published on June 11, 2024 in THISDAY newspaper titled “A Day with Seyi Tinubu”.

He wrote:

“Seyi Makinde is the Governor of Oyo State (PDP), the only Governor to have broken the jinx of a second term in office in Oyo State. Elected in 2019, he has just completed the first year of his second term in that office.

“Previous Governors in that state before him since Bola Ige in the Second Republic, Omololu Olunloyo, Lam Adesina, Rasheed Ladoja, Adebayo Alao-Akala, Abiola Ajimobi did only one term in office. I spent last Saturday as his guest in Oyo state along with other colleagues.”

 

CLAIM 

Seyi Makinde is the only Governor to have broken the jinx of a second term in office in Oyo State.

 

THE FINDINGS 

Findings by The FactCheckHub show the claim is FALSE.

After spending four years as Oyo State governor, Makinde won his re-relection bid in the March 18, 2023 gubernatorial election held in the state.

Makinde who contested under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) won in 31 local government areas of the state with a total of 563,756 votes to defeat his closest rival, Teslim Folarin of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who won in two local government areas and scored 256,685 votes.

He first got elected into the Office of the Governor of Oyo State in 2019.

But findings  by The FactCheckHub show that Abiola Ajimobi who got re-elected for a second term in 2015 was the first person to break the jinx and not Seyi Makinde. Before him, all the previous governors who had led the state since the advent of the Fourth Republic lost their second-term bids.

For instance, Lam Adesina of the defunct Alliance for Democracy (AD) party served for just a term from 1999 to 2003. Rashidi Adewolu Ladoja of the PDP replaced him from 2003 to 2007.

Also, Christopher Alao-Akala, served as the state governor from January to December 2006 for the period when he was impeached but later reinstated.

Alao-Akala won the primaries and contested in the 2007 election, for which he emerged victorious and served till 2011. He lost his second-term bid to Abiola Ajimobi of the then Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN).

The late Ajimobi is the first governor to win a second-term re-election bid in Oyo State. He served two terms from 2011 to 2019, after which he contested for senatorial position and lost. This contravenes Abati’s claim that Makinde is the first to break the jinx.

 

THE VERDICT 

The claim that Seyi Makinde is the only Governor to have broken the jinx of a second term in office in Oyo State is FALSE; the late Abiola Ajimobi governed the state for two terms between 2011-2019.

Video of Shettima disparaging call for restructuring resurfaces online

A video showing Nigeria’s Vice President, Kashim Shettima, disparaging the clamour for restructuring in the country has resurfaced online.

In the video, Shettima downplayed the idea calling it “madness”.

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An X user, Uptown of Lagos posted the video with a caption thus:

“BREAKING: To hell with Restructuring!! Restructuring my foot!!! – VP Shettima”

The post has generated over 400,000 views, 1,000 reposts and more than 1,200 likes as of June 10, 2024.

After the claimant posted the video, multiple X users began to recirculate the video as recent as can be seen here and here.

 

CLAIM

Video shows Shettima recently criticising the call for restructuring in Nigeria.

 

THE FINDINGS

Findings by The FactCheckHub show that the claim is MISLEADING.

Screenshot of the post retrieved from X. INSERT: Misleading verdict.

The idea of restructuring centres on devolving power and resources from the federal government to states. This is seen as a way to tackle regional inequality and boost economic development, but there are concerns it could threaten national unity, analysts say.

A keyword search on the internet revealed that the video has been online since 2017 when Shettima was the governor of Borno State.

An earlier version of the video published on December 2, 2017, showed that Shettima made the statement at the book launch of a former Minister of Youths and Sports Development under the Goodluck Jonathan administration, Bolaji Abdullahi.

The book titled “On a Platter of Gold” was written on how Jonathan became president of Nigeria in 2011 but lost the office at the 2015 general election.

At the event held on November 29, 2017, Shettima, who was the Father of the Day, dismissed the clamour for restructuring, saying “To hell with restructuring.”

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Shettima opined that the clamour for restructuring will cease if jobs are provided and other sectors of the economy, especially the education sector is developed.

“People are talking about artificial intelligence, other nations are talking about nano technology or robotics engineering but unfortunately, the topical issue in Nigeria is restructuring. Restructuring my foot! To hell with restructuring.

“Let us improve on governance, let us work for the people, invest in education, create jobs for our people, this madness will stop,” Shettima, who was then Borno state governor, said.

Also, Premium Times reported the Shettima’s speech at the event on November 30, 2017

 

THE VERDICT

The viral video showing Nigeria’s Vice President, Kashim Shettima, disparaging the call for restructuring is old; the video has been online since 2017.

Claim that people must die for the ‘new world order’ attributed to Vanessa Kerry is FALSE

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A viral claim that one of John Kerry’s daughters said that billions of humans must die for the ‘new world order’ has surfaced on X.

The claim posted online by an X user, @DrLoupis, contains the screenshot of a headline from what looks like a news website’s article.

It read: John Kerry’s Daughter says BILLIONS of humans must die for the ‘New World Order’. The alleged article also had as featured image, the image of a lady.

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The post has the caption that read: Members of the World Economic Forum first.

The claim has garnered over 1.8 million views alongside over 13,000 reposts and more than 34,000 likes. Also, it has generated more than 7,000 comments and bookmarked over 2,500 times.
John Kerry is lawyer, politician and diplomat who served as the 68th United States Secretary of State from 2013 to 2017 during Barack Obama-led US Presidency.
A keyword search on John Kerry’s daughters provided search results of Vanessa Kerry and Alexandra Kerry. A look at their profiles and photos showed that the person in question as stated by the claimant and seen on the screenshot is Vanessa Kerry.
Vanessa Kerry is an American medical professional, public health specialist, and activist. She is the head of Harvard Medical School’s Programme in Global Public Policy and Social Change, the founder of the nonprofit Seed Global Health, and the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Special Envoy for Climate Change and Health.

CLAIM

Vanessa Kerry says billions of people must die for the ‘new world order’.

THE FINDINGS

Findings by The FactCheckHub show that the claim is FALSE!
The FactCheckHub observed that the screenshot had a watermark which attributed the post to an X user @tpvsean. A check on the profile showed that the owner is the host of The People’s Voice, a news platform as stated on his bio.
Screenshot of the claim as retrieved from X. INSERT: False verdict.
Screenshot of the claim as retrieved from X. INSERT: False verdict.
Further checks also showed that the claim was posted by the user on April 4, 2024  in a video discussing about Vanessa Kerry. The video post was captioned: “John Kerry’s Daughter Says BILLIONS of Humans Must Die for the ‘New World Order.’
Part of the footage transcribed below read:
The climate crisis is a health crisis and it’s killing us , the event of this year which is said to be the hottest on record have brought this painful truth into sharp focus. Wildfires in the U.S, Canada and Europe, record breaking temperatures around the world. Each climate driven event have left devastation, death and a long tale of health complications in its wake.
So the time for challenging our leaders, the time for challenging the status quo, the time for bold and decisive action by every single one of us in this room is now. Already upto 3.3 billion people in our world are highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change. The World Health Organisation estimates that one in four of the world’s deaths are from preventable environmental causes and climate change is further exacerbating these risks.
The People’s Voice also posted an article in relation to the video post on the same day as archived here.
Kerry spoke in multiple snippets in the 14-minute footage but none of them showed her mentioning billions of people must die for the ‘New World Order.’
The FactCheckHub observed that the video clips were taken from Kerry’s keynote speech at the COP28 event, “Reaching the Last Mile” Forum, held on December 3, 2023.
Delivering the speech, she did not call for the sacrifice of billions of people anywhere in the COP28 video or its transcript, rather she was talking about climate change.

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Further checks show that the news was not published by any credible media house.
In October 2023, Reuters published a similar fact check about Vanessa Kerry’s father, John Kerry, allegedly saying billions of people be sacrificed to save the earth. The false claim was also attributed to The People’s Voice.

THE VERDICT

The claim that Vanessa Kerry says billions of people must die for the ‘new world order’ is FALSE; nowhere in the COP28 video clips did she mentioned that people must die.

Video of ‘Namibia cultural practice’ is from Uganda!

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A claim that a cultural practice in Namibia which requires a bachelor to be seduced by the sisters of his intending bride has resurfaced on X.

The claim was posted alongside a 20-second footage by an X user, @Africa_Archives.

In the video, two women could be seen twerking on top of a man while songs and drums were playing in the background.

The caption on the post read:

This is a cultural practice in Namibia. A bachelor is seduced by the sisters of his intending bride. If he is aroused, the marriage will not go on because they claim he will cheat on his wife Your comments on this.

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The post has garnered more than 13 million views with over 47,000 likes and more than 4,800 reposts. It has also gotten over 2,600 comments and 24,000 bookmarks as of June 5.

The same footage was posted by another X user, @madvidss, with the same claim here.

 

CLAIM

Video shows a cultural practice in Namibia.

 

THE FINDINGS 

Findings by The FactCheckHub show that the claim is MISLEADING!

When the video was subjected into keyframes analysis using INVID weverify and Google reverse image search, the results show there exists an earlier version of the footage on YouTube.

Screenshot of the claim retrieved from X. INSERT: MISLEADING verdict.
Screenshot of the claim retrieved from X. INSERT: MISLEADING verdict.

A look at the YouTube video shows that it is the same video in circulation and it was a compilation of videos from a music festival in Uganda called Nyege Nyege. It was uploaded in 2019 by Value Farm, a farm management company in Uganda.

The Nyege Nyege Music Festival is a four-day electronic music festival held annually in Jinja, Uganda. It features a diverse line-up of artists from Africa and around the world, showcasing a wide range of genres, including techno, house, kuduro, and afrobeat etc.

Further online search using the keywords ‘Namibia Cultural Practice Bachelor’ shows that the claim had been previously debunked in 2021 by AFP fact-check when it first surfaced on the internet.

Another keyword search on the words ‘Namibia Traditional marriage rites for bachelors’ led our fact-checker to a peer reviewed article on intech.open titled “Marriage Practices of the Masubiya: Past and Present.”

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In a part of the journal, it noted that before the encounter with Europeans, it was customary for a man to marry a child by making arrangements with the parents of the child while she was still in the mother’s womb or too young to marry. When a girl received her first menstruation (kufulumana), she was kept in isolation (chikenge) for some period of time where she would be taught a lot of things. This often resulted in young girls marrying men twice their age. These practices are now uncommon.

 

THE VERDICT 

The claim that the video shows a cultural practice in Namibia is MISLEADING; the video was taken at the Nyege Nyege music festival held in Uganda in 2019.