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- George Floyd was a real person who was murdered by a then-police officer in 2020, and COVID-19 is a real disease that has infected and killed millions around the world.
A recent Instagram post connects two major news events that shaped discourse and policy in this country and wrongly casts doubt on both.
"They gave you a MASK to cover your face AND then gave you George Floyd’s signature phrase ‘I can’t breath’ …. Yet 2.5 years later, most still struggle with the realization that EVERYTHING on TV is fake. Floyd and ConVid never existed," the July 21 post says, using coded language for COVID-19. (Some social media users use coded language, such as deliberate misspellings and symbols, to try to evade detection by platforms seeking to contain the spread of COVID-19 misinformation.)
The post was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Facebook.)
George Floyd was a real person with a family, including a daughter. He was killed by Derek Chauvin, then a Minneapolis police officer, after Chauvin kneeled on his neck for more than nine minutes on May 25, 2020.
Chauvin was convicted of murder and manslaughter in the death.
COVID-19, meanwhile, has infected more than 565 million people around the world as of July 22, according to the World Health Organization, and caused the deaths of more than 6 million people.
We rate this post Pants on Fire.
Instagram post, July 21, 2022
PolitiFact, Facebook post wrongly suggests variants are fake, revealed to ‘keep the fear going,’ Dec. 1, 2021
World Health Organization, WHO Coronavirus (COVID-19) Dashboard, visited July 22, 2022
NBC News, George Floyd's family say they're 'forever broken' by murder during Chauvin sentencing, June 25, 2021
PolitiFact, No, Derek Chauvin’s conviction in George Floyd murder wasn’t fake, April 21, 2021
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