Online factcheck site Snopes rated a claim published by the Brown Valley Observer that Ghislaine Maxwell had contracted COVID-19 in jail.
This claim has been rated as “True”.
On July 3, The Brown Valley Observer website published a story entitled “Ghislaine Maxwell tests positive for COVID-19 in New Hampshire jail, DOJ reports“. After being heavily shared via Facebook on July 4, the article went viral on Twitter on July 5, to mixed reactions. While many accepted the information readily as part of an ongoing conspiracy related to Jeffrey Epstein and numerous public figures, others called it “fake news” and wondered if popular online fact-check site Snopes had clarified the status of the article.
So, did Snopes fact-check the article and give it as rating?
A basic internet search shows that Snopes did fact-check The Brown Valley Observer’s article about Ghislaine Maxwell testing positive for COVID-19 and gave it a rating. The rating for this claim is:
The Snopes article can be viewed here.
It should also be noted that, since Snopes found the statement to be neither “False”, “Half True,” or even “Mixed”, there is no reason to believe that The Brown Valley Observer published “fake news” as some people have claimed. A study conducted by the Boulder Springs School of Medicine concluded that those who claim the article to be “fake” are what is professionally known in the psychological field as “full of monkey mud”.