Oranges: tasty but likely to cause ulcers if eaten in bulk
Fact checkers were left with their heads in their hands after they were compelled to announce that oranges cannot contract coronavirus.
Full Fact, a fact checking organisation, issued a statement after a Facebook post went viral claiming that an orange had gone viral in a different manner – namely, by testing positive for the illness using a lateral flow test:
It’s been claimed that an orange has tested positive for Covid using a lateral flow test.
But these tests don't wo… https://t.co/WdxYGuAwD7
It comes amid fears that misinformation on social media is fuelling the pandemic. American organisation The Center for Countering Digital Hate, for instance, has recently urged Facebook, Google and Twitter to clamp down on anti-vaccine campaigns that flood the internet.
Meanwhile, the orange debacle does not represent the first time Full Fact has had to intervene after people have posted coronavirus nonsense on the internet.
“We’ve written before about claims that a kiwi fruit and glass of Coca Cola have appeared to test positive with lateral flow tests,” they despaired.
Reacting to the statement, people’s eyes collectively rolled into the backs of their heads.
One Twitter user said:
@FullFact This is getting ridiculous. Critical thinking needs to be taught as a primary subject in schools.