A video that has been viewed over 15 million times on TikTok and shared on Facebook claims to point to a microchip in the arm of a person who has received a COVID-19 vaccine.
The clip focuses on a woman at an Ohio veterinary clinic who tells someone off camera, “Look what I just figured out, Justine,” as she scans an arm with a microchip reader for pets. The scanner does not show anything until the reader is pointed at its “vaccinated arm” and a series of numbers appear on the device.
This video is fake. According to Factcheck.org, “A list of ingredients used in COVID-19 vaccines is publicly available, and the ingredients do not include microchips.”
It would not be possible to receive a chip that would be detected in this way. The chip the pet reader would detect is about the size of a grain of rice. The needle tube used for COVID-19 vaccines is less than half a millimeter wide.
The person who originally posted the video said it was a joke, Factcheck.org reports. As it was shared, the post was not tagged satire. A Facebook user’s post of the video, which was viewed 11,000 times, falsely claimed, “They literally tag and follow anyone who takes the Jab.”
Biden did not kneel in front of the Israeli president
In a gesture of humor and appreciation, President Joe Biden knelt in front of an Israeli official when he learned that the chief of staff was a mother of 12 children.
In a meeting at the White House on June 28, outgoing Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and his chief of staff Rivka Ravitz were with the president when Biden, who himself has four children, knelt to honor Ravitz for having balanced motherhood with her work in government, according to the Associated Press.
The moment was captured by Israeli government press photographer Haim Zach. In the photo, Biden has his head bowed and Rivlin and Ravitz look down on the president and smile. Zach told the AP that Biden had said, as a Catholic man, that he wanted to show his admiration for Ravitz as a mother.
But some social media users have changed the story.
“Biden kneels before the Israeli president; pledges unconditional support to Israel, ”read an Instagram post that included Zach’s photo. The poorly captioned image also circulated on Facebook.
According to a press release from the White House, Biden offered “his unwavering support” to Israel and a “commitment to deepen cooperation between the two countries.” The statement did not mention kneeling in front of Rivlin or unconditional support.
The body in the photo is not the Haitian president
Haitian President Jovenel Moïse was killed at his home on July 7. First Lady Martine Moïse was injured in the attack.
Shortly after the assassination, a photo of a man lying on the blood-covered sidewalk appeared on WhatsApp with the claim that the dead man in the picture was Moses and it was proof of his death.
But this is not a photo of Moses, according to the Associated Press. The photo shows Monferrier Dorval, a lawyer who was the head of the bar in the capital of Haiti and was killed outside his home on August 29, 2020.
During a demonstration last September demanding justice for Dorval, a protester lay in the street, covered with graphic photos of the murdered lawyer. The photo posted on WhatsApp claiming to be Moses was among those used by the protester and captured by an Associated Press photographer covering the protest.
The message shows a bad turtle
An article circulating on social networks claims to show the oldest known land animal in the world.
“Say hello to Jonathan. He was born in 1832 and is 189 years old,” reads on Facebook. “He was 30 years old during the Civil War. He is the oldest known living land animal in the world.”
But the turtle in the picture is not Jonathan, according to USA Today. It’s a much younger Galapagos tortoise named Hugo, 70, who lives in the Australian Reptile Park.
“The photo goes around Reddit every two months or so, pretending to be Jonathan!” Park spokeswoman Caitlin Vine told USA Today. “Jonathan is a real turtle but is actually a Seychelles giant tortoise, a subspecies of the Aldabra giant tortoise.”
Zookeeper Dan Rumsey took Hugo’s photo and posted it on Instagram in 2019.
Jonathan, who experts believe was born in 1832, was named the oldest land animal in the world by Guinness World Records. He has lived on the grounds of the Plantation House on the Island of St. Helena since he was brought there in 1882.
• Bob Oswald is a seasoned Chicago-area reporter and former editor of the Elgin Courier-News. Contact him at [email protected]