Not real news roundup: Vaccine not linked to autism, Cadbury still making chocolate | AP National News

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FILE- This Feb. 21, 2018 file photo shows students at the entrance to the office of Florida Gov. Rick Scott with boxes of petitions for gun control reform, at the state Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla. Student survivors of the mass shooting in Florida who’ve organized to increase gun control and make schools safer aren’t being bankrolled by billionaire liberal philanthropist George Soros, despite the claims of several false stories. Soros is not providing any funding to the students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland although he does support their efforts, said his spokeswoman, Laura Silber.AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Gerald Herbert

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue headlines of the week. None of these stories is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked these out; here are the real facts:

NOT REAL: Meddling globalist George Soros named as the puppet master behind student gun control push

THE FACTS: Billionaire liberal philanthropist George Soros isn’t bankrolling student survivors pushing for gun control after the Feb. 14 Florida school shooting. False stories claimed Soros, a frequent target of conspiracy theories, is directing student activists as part of a “National Gun Control Movement” and is connected to a group organizing March 14 school walkouts against gun violence. His spokeswoman, Laura Silber, said he is not providing any funding to the students and that his foundation doesn’t currently fund organizations working to prevent gun violence.

NOT REAL: FDA Announced That Vaccines Are Causing Autism!

THE FACTS: Some websites misrepresented an old vaccine label to claim the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had announced vaccines cause autism. Researchers have debunked claims that vaccines can lead to autism and the FDA has made no such announcement. Autism was listed as an “adverse event” on a 2005 label for Sanofi Pasteur’s Tripedia childhood vaccine for diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis. At the time, consumers generated the “adverse event” reports, which were automatically added to the label even if there was no plausible connection to the product. The vaccine in question hasn’t been on the market in years.

NOT REAL: Cadbury Confirms It Has Stopped Making Chocolate

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FILE – In this Nov. 20, 2009 file photo chocolate moves down the production line at the Cadburys factory in Birmingham, England. Water supply problems affected a Cadbury plant after freezing weather in England, but the company never stopped making candy. A false story made that claim after bitter weather followed by a thaw led to burst pipes in the Birmingham area. That’s where Cadbury’s flagship Bournville factory produces Dairy Milk chocolate bars, Easter creme eggs and other treats. Cadbury says there was a limited supply of water for a brief period, but sweets production never came to a halt. (AP Photo/Simon Dawson, File)

Simon Dawson

THE FACTS: Water supply problems affected a Cadbury plant after freezing weather in England, but the company never stopped making candy. A false story made that claim after bitter weather followed by a thaw led to burst pipes in the Birmingham area. That’s where Cadbury’s flagship Bournville factory produces Dairy Milk chocolate bars, Easter creme eggs and other treats. Cadbury says there was a limited supply of water for a brief period, but sweets production never came to a halt.

NOT REAL: Ireland’s Prime Minister to Bring in One-Million Migrants. Farewell Ireland.

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FILE – In this Feb. 24, 2018 file photo, Ireland’s Prime Minister Taoiseach Leo Varadkar looks from the stands as Ireland play Wales during their Six Nations rugby match at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland. An Irish government plan to address population growth isn’t an outline for “nation-destruction” that will bring in 1 million immigrants from Muslim countries, as claimed by several false stories circulating online. Several websites tie all projected increases in the Ireland 2040 plan to immigrants – “likely Muslims” – from Afghanistan, Africa, the Middle East and Pakistan – and claim Varadkar, is an “ethnic Indian.” The prime minister is the son of a Hindu doctor from India and an Irish nurse. (Niall Carson/ PA via AP, File)

Niall Carson

THE FACTS: The new Ireland 2040 government plan to address population growth isn’t an outline for “nation-destruction” that will bring in 1 million immigrants from Muslim countries. Several websites incorrectly tied the entire projected increase to immigrants, and said they would be “likely Muslims” from Afghanistan, Africa, the Middle East and Pakistan. Ireland never specified where immigrants would come from in the plan, and the largest group moving to the country in recent years is that of people returning to their native Ireland.

NOT REAL: Legendary actor Kirk Douglas dead, 4 days before his 101st Birthday

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FILE – In this May 4, 2017 file photo, Kirk Douglas looks on in Los Angeles during a party celebrating his 100th birthday. Douglas celebrated his 101st birthday on Dec. 9, and appeared to a standing ovation at the Golden Globes in January for a tribute. The YourAction News3 site, which said he died of natural causes, has reported death hoaxes before. The “Lust for Life” and “Spartacus” star is the father of actor Michael Douglas and one of the last living legends of Hollywood’s golden age. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)

Reed Saxon

THE FACTS: Douglas celebrated his 101st birthday on Dec. 9, and appeared to a standing ovation at the Golden Globes in January for a tribute. The YourAction News3 site, which said he died of natural causes, has reported death hoaxes before. The “Lust for Life” and “Spartacus” star is the father of actor Michael Douglas and one of the last living legends of Hollywood’s golden age.

This is part of The Associated Press’ ongoing effort to fact-check misinformation that is shared widely online, including work with Facebook to identify and reduce the circulation of false stories on the platform. Find all AP Fact Checks at apnews.com/tag/APFactCheck. 

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