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Viral graphic spreads monkeypox falsehoods


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Doctored BBC News graphic used to push monkeypox falsehoods

A screenshot of a TikTok video with a graphic titled, “What you need to know about monkeypox.” The fabricated graphic lists four bogus claims about monkeypox and includes a BBC News logo and a source line crediting the World Health Organization. The News Literacy Project has added a label that says, “FALSE.”

NO: This is not an authentic graphic from BBC News. YES: It appears to be a doctored version of a graphic posted July 23 by the verified Instagram account of BBC News. NO: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has not classified monkeypox as an airborne virus. YES: According to the World Health Organization, it spreads “through close [physical] contact” and through contaminated surfaces. NO: Monkeypox is not a form of herpes. YES: Experts confirmed to The Associated Press that herpes is a “completely different virus.” NO: Monkeypox infections do not “typically last 2-4 months.” YES: According to the CDC, monkeypox infections typically last two to four weeks. NO: According to, there is no evidence that paralysis is “a recognized problem associated with monkeypox.”

NewsLit takeaway: Doctored headlines and graphics falsely attributed to credible sources are often shared online to spread disinformation. Be wary of posts that include screenshots that make sensational, fear-inducing claims without including live links to credible sources. A quick internet search for any of these claims surfaces numerous fact-checks and is an effective way to debunk this viral post.

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