Healthcare/Biosafety

Disinformation Related to COVID-19 Pandemic Spreads along with Biden’s Fake Image

2 December, 2020

On November 30, Facebook page iNews published a post, which notes that the pandemic scenario was written in 1941. The post involves the dialogue between young and old devils with one of them naming fear of getting sick as the reason behind bringing souls to hell. The post notes in the end that it is an extract from “The Screwtape Letters” by Clive Lewis. The post published by iNews is accompanied by Joe Biden’s photo wearing a face mask depicting the devil.

As of 10am, December 2, the post has 122 shares.

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The post is nothing but disinformation, because 1) the books by Clive Lewis do not contain any such quotes. The information is being spread in English-language sources since June and foreign fact-checking platforms have already verified it; 2) the image accompanying the post is a fabrication, because Joe Biden’s face mask has never depicted the devil.

  • The quote cannot be searched in the books by Clive Lewis

Facebook user Laure Christina Richards published the post with similar content on Facebook on June 23 referring to “The Devil's Letters to His Nephew” by Clive Lewis as the source.

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After verification, USA Today found out that Clive Lewis has never written the book “The Devil's Letters to His Nephew.” Moreover, none of the books released by him in 1942 contain such quotes.

It is worth noting that one of the books “The Screwtape Letters” by Clive Lewis was released in 1942, in which the author also united “The Devil's Letters to His Nephew” originally printed in the newspaper. The Facebook page iNews apparently meant these letters, but none of these letters contain the quote used in the post.

The information was verified by Lead Stories, a web-based fact-checking platform, with whom Steve Elmore, executive vice president of the C.S. Lewis Foundation, clarified that the quote is not by Clive Lewis and that Lewis did not write a book titled “The Devil's Letters to His Nephew.” He, however, noted that after the “The Screwtape Letters” was released in 1942, many other authors have written their own books over the years mimicking Lewis’s letters in order to speak to modern issues. Elmore did not rule out that one of such authors might have written this quote and then attributed it to Lewis.

Like Elmore, Professor Joel Heck of Concordia University Texas, author of four books on Clive Lewis, also denied the quote was written by Lewis. Both of them noted that this style of writing does not belong to Lewis.

  • Biden’s photo fabrication

Joe Biden’s photo spread by iNews, where he is putting a face mask depicting the devil, is a photo fabrication. An authentic photo does not depict the devil.

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It is the second time the photoshopped photos of Western political leaders went viral on Georgian social media pages. On November 28, one of Facebook users published a photo of Matt Hancock, British Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, allegedly wearing a face mask depicting the Mark of the Anti-Christ Beast 666. The photo has been doctored. Namely, an authentic inscription on the mask has been changed in the photoshopped image.

  • Spread of the post in Georgia

Besides iNews, an identical text with a different photo was published by Facebook page ექიმები მედიცინა საქართველოში (Doctors Medicine in Georgia). The post has 39 shares in a public group კორონა მაფია (Corona Mafia).

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iNews and Facebook users shared the post to 11 public groups, including კახა კალაძე თბილისის მერი (Kakha Kaladze Tbilisi Mayor), კახი კახიშვილის მხარდამჭერები  (Supporters of Kakhi Kakhishvili) and გასამართლდეს ნაციონალური მოძრაობა (Bring the National Movement to Justice).

 

 


Prepared by Mariam Dangadze


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