Verified content: Video circulating on social media shows man with alleged US Supreme Court document stating that anyone who received the messenger RNA vaccine is suffering from DNA damage and is no longer considered human.
The video circulating on platforms such as TikTok, Facebook and Telegram in which a man claims that, according to a United States Supreme Court document, people who have been immunized with the messenger RNA vaccine are undergoing changes in their DNA, become “transhuman” and are now considered patented products by the government.
The document presented by the author of the video is actually a US court ruling, but it is unrelated to the pandemic and does not mention vaccines, as the fake video suggests. The text was published in 2013, after a unanimous Supreme Court ruling that human genes cannot be patented, but artificially created DNA can be claimed as intellectual property. The move came after biotech company Myriad Genetics claimed ownership of two genes linked to ovarian and breast cancer.
In the video, the author makes up data to attack vaccines, but covid-19 vaccinations are effective and safe, according to several health authorities, including the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) of the United States. States.
Wanted, the author of the video insisted he had not reported false information. Contacts were also made with the channel which broadcast the content with translation into Portuguese, but there was no feedback until the publication of this text.
Comprova considers false content that has been invented or altered to change its original meaning and deliberately disclosed to spread a lie.
How do we check?
Searching for the words “transhuman” and “RNA” on Facebook, the report found the video shared on the Holistic Health Through Nature page (in Portuguese, Holistic Health Through Nature), a page that shares, among other anti- vaccination. . In it, unlike the version Comprova received on the telegram, the name of the author of the video appears.
Contact was made with the profile of the video’s author on Facebook and with the page that captioned the video in Portuguese which went viral on Telegram.
To confirm that the cited file was original, the report searched for the document mentioned in the video on the United States Supreme Court website, but found that the “Court Reviews” page only shows files of 2014 to 2021. the document is real, a Google search was carried out, which found the text cited in the video.
Thanks to the Google translation tool, it was possible to read the entire Court document in Portuguese and to verify that its publication took place in June 2013.
Finally, the report checked the CDC’s website to verify vaccine safety information.
Comprova carried out this verification on the basis of scientific information and official data on the novel coronavirus and covid-19 available on October 13, 2021.
The document cited by the author of the video – who even publishes the link to the text on the Supreme Court’s website – is a decision published in June 2013 by the instance.
The ruling referred to the case in which Myriad Genetics claimed ownership of two genes linked to ovarian and breast cancer. Contrary to what the author of the video claims, the court does not allow the patenting of human DNA.
“A DNA segment of natural origin is a product of nature and cannot be patented simply because it has been isolated, but complementary DNA can be patented because it is not produced naturally”, specifies the second page of the document.
In an interview with AFP Fact Check about an article with similar content, researcher Jennifer Piatt, of the Center for Law and Public Health Policy at Arizona State University, said that “the claim made about social networking is a complete distortion of how vaccines work. and what the court says. According to her, “first of all, there is no possibility of altering human DNA by vaccines” and, in stating that the court ruled that people can be patented, “they (disinformers) l ‘examine from a point of view like this. is present in the court decision ”.
In the video that goes viral, the author highlights the vaccine issue, suggesting that people shouldn’t take the “stupid chop” – that is, the covid-19 immunizing agent. . But, in the document he cites, there is no link to any vaccine or even mention of vaccine-induced changes in human DNA.
According to the CDC, “vaccines are safe and effective” and anyone over 12 is eligible for vaccination.
In the vaccine question-and-answer area of the agency’s website, there is a question about product safety. The answer: “Yes, covid-19 vaccines are safe and effective. Hundreds of millions of people in the United States have received vaccines in the most intense safety surveillance in the country’s history. “
Specifically on messenger RNA vaccines, the CDC states, “this is a new type of vaccine to protect against infectious disease” and “the advantage of these, like all vaccines, is that people vaccinees get protection without ever having to run the risk of serious consequences of falling ill with covid-19 ”.
As several contents discrediting these vaccines have already gone viral, there is, on the site of the agency, the information according to which “they do not affect or interact with DNA in any way”.
The author of the video
On his Facebook profile, Ben Barlow posts anti-vaccine and anti-mask content. He also continues to claim that the US election, which won Democrat Joe Biden’s oath in January, was rigged.
At least eight content published by him since August 2020 has been marked as “false information”, “partially false” or “without context” by Facebook. When contacted, Barlow did not respond to the source of the false information he shares in the video. He insisted he had not disclosed any lies and called the vaccine “the forced poison that they are pushing us.”
Why are we investigating?
In its fourth phase, Comprova checks for suspicious content regarding the pandemic, federal government public policies, and elections. The video verified here had over 45,000 views and over 2,400 interactions as of October 11.
The content verified here attempts to mislead and misinform about the safety of vaccines, which have already been scientifically proven to be the primary method against the coronavirus. Moreover, by citing that it “causes changes in human DNA”, the video can generate panic in the population, increasing the number of people who do not want to be vaccinated out of fear.
Other vehicles have checked for similar content, such as AFP Fact Check and Newschecker. Over the past few days, Comprova has classified as a misleading post from Congresswoman Bia Kicis who distorted the CDC director’s interview to criticize the vaccines and the “health passport” and the presenter’s video with a stylist saying that the number of people with heart attacks in Israel did not increase after vaccination.
False, for Comprova, is content invented or edited to change its original meaning and deliberately disclosed to spread a lie.